A Songwriter’s New York City Survival Guide

THIS IS BROOKLYN COUNTRY Miller says Brooklyn is now the center of the music scene. “Thetruth is, the Lower East Side is very different than it used to be and you’ll be mostly playing in Brooklyn,” he says. It’s thirteen miles from Newtown Creek in Greenpoint to Coney Island (by bike), so one part of Brooklyn is quite far from another. Olivia Mancini points out, “New York abounds with venues and with people who might not be able to see you on a given Saturday but will come out if you’re playing their neighborhood the following Tuesday.” Over and over, artists cited Jalopy in Red Hook and Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg as among their favorites. “Pete’s has the bonus of being a converted old railroad car with a warm, old-timey vibe,” adds Mancini. Pete’s talent booker Jake Silver says, “I seek a spark, something that instantly engages me, draws me in, makes me want to hear more. It doesn’t have to be a polished recording, just something that takes me out of the world I’m in and into the world of the artist.” He also admonishes, ‘Be friendly to the staff!” Not far from Pete’s on one of the…

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