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How I Started My Music Career From Scratch in Los Angeles: A Guide for Bands Chasing Their Dreams

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Los Angeles is the city of dreams. If you’re in a band, chances are that at one point or another you’ve thought about packing all your belongings and moving to the left coast to chase your dreams and land a chance at making it in one of the biggest music cities in the country.

Well, you’d be in good company. Tons of musicians have done exactly that, and no matter how many changes the music industry goes through, I’m sure many more will continue to find themselves magnetized to the city that has birthed and nurtured so many great artists.

Eight years ago, that guy flocking to LA was none other than yours truly. I got my first real taste of Los Angeles during a tour down the West Coast with my band from Portland, OR. I remember being struck by how big it was and how much talent was overflowing into the city. It can be intimidating to find yourself among so much talent, especially as a newcomer. But if you follow a few simple rules, you can make your chances of surviving in LA a whole lot brighter.

Top 5 Rehearsal Spaces in Los Angeles for Bands on a Budget

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Los Angeles is an amazing city to perform, create, and learn as a musician, but unfortunately (and somewhat ironically), the city is not too kind, wallet-wise, to the working-class musician. Let's face it – it's an expensive place to live. But we all have the right to an awesome rehearsal space, and we can't let high numbers get us down! So with no further ado, here are five of the best rehearsal spaces in LA for bands on a budget – approved by local musicians!

5 Crucial Factors You Have to Consider Before Moving to NY or LA for Your Music Career

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Every musician wants to base him or herself in buzzing surroundings that promote plentiful opportunities for creative collaboration. Therefore, it's no surprise that many artists who aren't from major cities around the country have lofty aspirations of hitting it big and moving to Los Angeles or New York City. Yet all of the motivation or talent in the world cannot hide the reality that not every artist is ready to make this next step. There are multiple factors in play that are necessary for every artist to put into perspective before making such a momentous decision. So before you pack your bags with visions of accomplishing all of your wildest dreams, be sure that you refer to this list and are honest with yourself by evaluating each factor when determining whether or not you're primed to make the big move.

Top 5 Unusual (But Brilliant) Places to Perform in LA

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Los Angeles certainly has its fair share of great music venues. But what if you're looking for something a little different? Stop playing it safe and check out these five nontraditional venues that might be looking for some local music talent.

Top 5 Los Angeles Venues That Local Bands Love Playing

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The music community in Los Angeles is as diverse as the city's population. You've got your downtrodden singer-songwriters, wannabe pop stars, hipster indie rock bands, too-smart-for-their-own-good MCs – and that's just the beginning. There's a lot of talent in LA, and luckily, there are a lot of venues that will gladly put that talent on display. You don't move to LA and play the Hollywood Bowl the next week, but that doesn't mean you won’t be able to play your music in front of an audience. Here are five venues that Angelenos check out when they want to hear the best local talent.