New York’s music scene is changing, and it’s changing fast
There are some things that have stayed the same since the early 2000s: the fact that most of the people on the streets of New York are musicians; that the underground scene that flourished between the early ’90s and the late ’00s was mostly in Brooklyn and the Bronx, and that the music scene in New York City has changed significantly over the past five years.
But those changes are not all that new.
“I think people used to say, ‘I’ve never been to a punk show, I’ve never seen a hardcore show, and I’ve been here a long time,'” says DJ Dave Smith, who’s performed in more than 40 venues in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan.
“And I’ve always been like, ‘No, you’re wrong.’
And it was just so cool to go to a show.
It was just a cool place to be, and people were just so excited.
I’ve seen so many young people come into the club with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
They’re just so confident.
They have a sense of purpose, and they’re just like, this is the club for me.
And it’s not just for the music.
The culture is huge.”
In the years since, the city has also seen the emergence of new music, which has brought in the likes of DJ Dahi and the Dirty Projectors.
The first major festival, the Brooklyn Vegan Fest, was held in 2012.
But in recent years, the scene has been shifting.
“There’s so many different types of bands now,” says Smith.
“There’s a lot of different genres.
It’s like a new breed of music, and a lot is coming out of Brooklyn.
We have new artists from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California.
We had a lot more touring and a whole new type of scene.
Now it’s all coming out to Brooklyn.”
The scene’s shift is mirrored by the city’s economy.
The New York Times ran a story in June that cited a “growing number of new jobs in the city, especially in construction, manufacturing, and the financial sector,” which has made it easier for artists to reach audiences in the area.
The Times also reported that, during the past year, there were 4,500 music festivals in the United States, compared to 1,500 in 2011.
“We’ve been in a bubble for a while now, but there’s this new boom,” says Adam Dzierzynski, a New York-based writer and a DJ who has performed in several places in Brooklyn since 2014.
He says the Brooklyn scene has taken off since the late 2000s, with new music festivals popping up every week, and there are even a few clubs and bars that cater to the burgeoning music scene.
In addition to the New York underground, the area has a large and thriving alternative music scene, which is also slowly evolving.
The Brooklyn Vegan Festival was originally slated to be held in December, but has now been moved to April, which the festival has welcomed.
And though some in the scene say the shift has led to a decline in the number of shows, the festival is now the first major venue to open in Brooklyn every month, with shows every Friday.
“It’s kind of a safe space for us to play music,” says DJ Dati, who has been performing in Brooklyn for five years and is a frequent performer at Brooklyn’s first ever Punk Rock Festival, which took place in July.
“We’re still able to play the music we love, but the shows are bigger, and we’re doing more shows.
And that’s what it’s supposed to be.”
“There is so much happening here in Brooklyn,” says Dzirz, who adds that he was one of the first people to sign a lease for a house in Brooklyn when the city was still struggling with homelessness.
“If you’re a young kid who doesn’t know anybody, it’s just like the ’80s and ’90a, when you were on the street, you would have to call people and say, I’m coming to this party, and if you don’t have a house, you were going to the bar, and you were always in the house.
Now we have these amazing people coming to Brooklyn for the first time.
I can still go out, and go to the shows, and keep my family and my friends. “
But I still feel like it’s my home, and this is my life, so I can’t leave it.
I can still go out, and go to the shows, and keep my family and my friends.
But it’s definitely harder for me to be able to make the music I love and do what I want to do.
And I feel like that’s something I have to be very careful of.”