Does it? Does the area where you write, compose, practice, perform, work, etc. matter?
Even though most music is heard now online through streaming services or video channels, does the location where you are at determine your exposure?
This has been on my mind a lot since a close friend visited me. We talked about the where each of us live and how different the arts/music scene is. Then we discussed if we ever felt like we were swimming upstream against the current of the music scene.
Even though I am no sociologist to back-up my claim, I do believe the area you live in greatly impacts what you do in music. For one, the music scene (being what are the most popular genres – either commercial, underground, or classical) and ideologies will play a roll in your sound, since you will be exposed to it all the time. And for better or worse, the mood of the city you live it will become a great role in your writing. Performing in a town where the general population is not a fan of the genre of music you perform will draw a small following. Regardless of how much you promote yourself online, without loyal friends in your area, it has no foundation to grow.
Maybe that’s why I have such an “urge for going,” to find a new scene that has a similar taste as I do in music and arts.
Just thinking out loud.