Ten Signs South Florida's Music Scene Is Thriving
Ian Witlen Record Store Day brings us all together.
A month ago, two of the most prolific musical brothers in the state, Audio Junkie's Greg and Eddy Alvarez, wrapped up a wild, packed weekend of musical Independence Day fun at Gramps in Miami. Drinks were poured; songs were shared. It got us thinking about our South Florida music scene and how it's blossoming more and more each day.
Why do people keep saying we don't have a strong music scene even though events like that one so obviously prove otherwise? We thought it was about time to point out everything that makes watching and creating and performing music in South Florida so great.
10. We've got diversity.
Diversity is good. It makes you less ignorant and more resilient. Like think about genetic diversity; it allows organisms to adapt and survive.
Often with a booming music scene, like those in Brooklyn or L.A., a region is known for its particular East Coast or West Coast sound. It is what it is, and it's often hard to weed out the cool from the copycats.
Not in South Florida. Our local bands hail from any and every musical background. There's the Latin spice of Suenalo and the experimental sounds of Dim Past, the indie crooning and strumming of Warner Bros.-signed Surfer Blood and the trippy beats of teen-rappers-on-the-rise Denzel Curry and Robb Bank$. South Florida's music is just as assorted as the people who inhabit this swampy land.
9. Cross-county collaborations make us stronger.
Broward and Miami can often feel worlds apart, with a dividing distance you can feel when cursing traffic on I-95. But the separation is slowly but surely being stitched up thanks to some musical alliances that have been made across county lines.
The best example of this is the friendship between Mikey Ramirez of Radio-Active Records and Adam Gersten of Gramps. The two have become leaders in our scene by hosting shows together, doing weekly Friday-night parties along with Benton Galgay, and bringing together our counties like true BFFs.