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What's wrong with the old fashioned way?

Find musicians to collaborate with - it sounds easy, but it can be a long and difficult task. When you start a band or join a band, you will be forgiven for thinking that it’s almost impossible to find musicians with the right attitude, the right ability, the right gear, the right age, the right availability in the right genre - all in the right place!

Sourcing musicians for your studio recording can be just as difficult. To achieve a pro recording you have to make a band work - you need the right band mix. Countless sessions have not achieved their full potential simply because members of the band wanted different things - musicians wanted their own vision fulfilled.

Of course, when you’re looking for a band it’s hard enough to find a band, but bands looking for you are having the same problems!

The music industry has always suffered these problems - until now

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Live music in New York City

New York City is a major centre for music, befitting the multi cultural nature of the City many different musical genres are available. Whatever your musical taste New York City has something for you. 

The history of music in New York City is immense it has always been a centre of excellence and quite often at the forefront of new movements. By the early part of the 20th Century Blues and Jazz music had a strong foot hold and these two music genres borrowed and exchanged styles and influences the result was swing music. Many of the swing orchestras became famous nationally, band leaders of the day like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Dorsey and Benny Goodman became household names internationally. The big band orchestras played dance fueled music which the population of the time could not get enough of. Many of the musicians who played in these orchestras influenced a generation of musicians to come with the advent of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Guitarists like Charlie Christian and Lester Young were very influential both being name checked by Keith Richards as major influences in his own development.

New York City is also home to Tin Pan Alley, an area which was home to several music publishers. These buildings housed resident song writers who turned out hundreds of songs which were then covered by the singers and bands of the day. They had huge success, some of the hit songs that are still heard and sung today include; Alexanders Ragtime Band, God Bless America, Swanee, Sweet Georgia Brown, Ain’t She Sweet and Happy Days are Here Again.

From the 40’s onward the folk movement took over Greenwich Village the resulting scene became a mecca for many musicians who gravitated to the area from all over America. Several artists were helped to international prominence and were followed by a number of imitators, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan were at the forefront of the folk movement in New York City. 

When 1950’s rock ‘n’ roll arrived the teen population finally had something they could get their teeth into, this became so huge that music would never be the same again. Having radio stations dedicated to the genre and being something that the parents of the nations youth did not like, all the ingredients were there for a musical revolution. 

As the 60‘s arrived many of the folk musicians like Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel saw the way things were and went electric writing songs of social comment with electric backing. Intelligent songs with a hard hitting edge began to replace the bubblegum pop that had gone before. The age of the singer songwriter was here which encouraged many bands to start writing their own material rather than rely on a supply of songs from the formulaic Tin pan Alley writers.

The innocence of the 60’s love and peace era was replaced with the 70’s a grittier time a more knowledgeable public who wanted something new. The 70’s gave us disco. The ‘Discotheque’ were the places to be seen and where you could dance and lose your inhibitions, the antithesis of disco music was Punk. New York City was the birth place of Punk Rock. An underground movement which for a short time reached a world dominance. Two venues that were instrumental in giving birth to this music phenomenon were CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City, these clubs saw bands like; The New York Dolls, Patti Smith, Talking Heads, The Ramones and Blondie perform before taking New York City and then the English speaking world by storm followed by a stream of copy cats, a monster was born. 

In New York City during the late 70’s early 80’s the beginning of Hip Hop music born, having it’s beginnings in the Bronx, MC’s began rapping over the drum beats of well known funk and soul records, the genre grew in popularity spreading across the USA and beyond.

From the 90’s to the present day New York City has been a major center for the indie rock movement. Many of the bands to come out of this scene strived to create a sound of their own taking the influences of many of the sounds of the punk, pop and rock that had gone before. Bands began to be experimental and innovative, bands like; The Walkmen, The Rapture, Black Dice, LCD Soundsystem, Antony and The Johnsons, Vampire Weekend and Grizly Bear this is what make the indie rock music scene still a thriving musical scene today. 

The last fifty years have seen many changes in musical styles and New York City have been at the forefront of them all. New York City has produced some major talent who having found success in New York City went on to find National and International fame; George & Ira Gershwin, Sonny Rollins, Ron Dante, Lena Horne, Sammy Davis jr, Barry Manilow, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Lou Reed, Paul Stanley, Art Garfunkel, Joey Ramone, Lenny Kravitz, 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, P Diddy, Norah Jones and Lady Gaga.

The New York City music community is alive and well covering all music genres, symphony orchestra, pop groups, jazz bands, rock bands and of course indie bands. Musicians wanted in New York City. You can find hundreds of New York musicians and bands looking for collaborators at Musical Exchanges - right here, right now. New York is home to several recording studios encouraging many of the cities available musicians to make a good living as session musicians.

Forming bands is something that happens in every town, musicians joining together, networking and working towards putting a new project before the public, New York City is no different and there has been no better time to form a band than now and help increase the size of the music community in your area.

Live music venues in New York City

New York City is spoilt for choice went it comes to live music. There are several venues around the City from the huge to the large and from the medium to the tiny. Live music can be heard in New York City on any night of the week. 

A selection of the more well known live music venues are; Central Park Summerstage, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Gardens, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, Mercury Lounge, New York City Opera, The Bottom line, Bowery Ballroom, Southpaw, The Fillmore at Irving Plaza, The Village Underground, Terminal 5, Blue Note and BB Kings Blues Club. All these and the hundreds of smaller venues all provide a live music platform for not only the talent of New York City but also the visiting recording and touring artists.

The local New York City music scene is well supported and promoted in various online websites promoting valuable music services to the industry and helping to inform the public of upcoming gigs.

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Singers wanted, bass player wanted or drummer wanted? Placing an old fashioned text-based 'drummer needed' ad somewhere and then praying just doesn't cut it any longer. Bands looking for a singer, a guitarist wants to find a band. Bands wanted a solution and now they have it. Musical Exchanges provides a fast, efficient and affordable solution when you want to find musicians for hire, either local musicians or further afield. You may have had difficulty finding musicians wanted or when looking for a drummer. Band members wanted to hire musician and so MX Recruit provides that ultra-convenient service! Looking for a bassist? No problem! If you are a bass player available for work or a guitarist available for a specific period of free dates, you could list in a 'bass players available' column, or try the 'Forming new band' route - but it's always very hit and miss. There is no faster way to find a band looking for a guitarist or looking for a keyboard player than on MX
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