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Seattle has changed a lot in 10 years. The cost of buying a house has doubled and rent has gone up by nearly 70% in the region. With that, artist are getting pushed out of the city and some of them are moving to Los Angeles. Sound & Vision host Emily Fox spoke with musicians Jenn Champion, Ceci Gomez, John van Deusen (who has since returned to Anacortes) and the band Tangerine who all took a one way trip from the Northwest to Southern California, to understand why people leave and if Seattle’s woes are really that bad in the grand scheme of things.
Why leave Seattle?
How has LA been?
What’s the difference/differences between LA and Seattle’s music scenes?
Gomez: L.A. is a hard place to live as far as anything in the entertainment industry goes because it's such a big city and everybody's trying to do the same thing. Simultaneously, there is a lot more work out here, especially in the pop music realm as far as producing and writing goes – to have more opportunities to work with artists that have the funding through larger labels and things like that – to make a living doing that.
What has LA done for your music career (opportunities and creatively?)
Is LA more expensive or the same as Seattle?
What do you miss about Seattle?
It's called Music City, USA for a reason -- Nashville has been long been a destination for Country and Americana artists, including some from Seattle. Sound and Vision reporter Lisa Craze spoke with former Seattleites Aaron English, Kate Tucker, Bradford Loomis and Willow Scribner about why they ...
SassyBlack discusses how mental health and Afrofuturism feature on her latest album.
The artist formerly known as S talks about finding a new sound, being inspired by Janet Jackson and Prince, and moving to Los Angeles.