Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by Baminated, May 5, 2012.
GA?, NY? Italia? where?
Don't know about the gig scene but go there ! What a treasure.
Why you asking, Bam?
Thinking about making some moves. The only steady work I can get here in the states is my god forsaken solo acoustic/singing act - f-in' doomed.
Not "allowed" to play progressive instrumental music (jazz &/or jazz-fusion) for any reasonable compensation. THe only jazz gigs are wallpaper gigs , if you can find them.
IF NOT jazz, it is like pulling teeth to get a budget for a trio for any style of music :-(
Kinda lookin for somewhere that doesn't get overly cold weather wise, and which has BAND work for jazz, rock, pop, dance, etc . . .
try St. Thomas... you may be able to scrape something together there.
SOunds cool - kinda don't want to be stuck on an island , particularly in Hurricane alley - grew up on one. After Hurricane Andrew, I swore that i would never live on an island again
Although I have never lived there...Rome was one of the most expensive cities I have ever visited...there may be ways to get around it but I would also take the cost of living into account...
You may make more but you will definitely pay more to live in certain European cites...try paying about $8.50 or so for a gallon of gas
ahhh - see that's important - didn't know that !
Me too. Italy bound.
Sweet - Rome ? Florence ?? Elsewhere ??
Shoot if I go, I know who my guitar counselor/coach/instructor will be !
I had more fun Busking in Italy. Me, an Acoustic....and full Tip Jars...LOL.
I'm going to the region of Abruzzo. slightly South of midway. About an hour from Rome.
I'm there a few weeks in Sept just to feel it out.
Great Jazz Festival in Pescara.
Played it a few times. Looking onto the sea. Delicious.
Man i wish i could move to Italy and live off of gig money.
Strongly recommend against it! The gas is actually $9.25 per gallon. There is a value added tax of 21% on all purchases which is about to increase to 22% in November. The Autostrada (highways) are all toll roads at about $0.16 per mile. Let's not even start with the bureaucracy of permesso di soggiorno, residence, utilities, etc...
The music scene is pretty weak apart from melodic Italian pop ballads and Liscio music. Can you play the accordion? The summer has some nice festivals, however the majority of them are State sponsored and funding is sketchy at best. I don't mean to discourage you, but Italy is definitely off the beaten path for American style music. That coupled with Italy's current economic crisis within the EU make it an extremely difficult proposition to make a living with music.