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Why So Many Musicians Are Leaving San Francisco for L.A.

Ty Segall and John Dwyer on Why So Many Musicians Are Leaving San Francisco for L A The Pitch Pitchfork


 But he understands why his friends are starting to leave San Francisco. "It’s hard to cut it, man," he said of the city's cost of living, which poses a harsh financial reality for working artists. "If you’re not makin’ money, you just can’t cut it." Segall has friends who have been evicted from formerly cheap housing and not able to find another affordable living situation in the area.

That's one of the perks of Segall's move to L.A.: He was able to afford a place with a garage, and now, an in-garage studio. When I ask him about his studio, he downplays its capabilities, calling it "semi-legit" and "a weird import bootleg of a professional studio." But while it may just be Ty's demo studio, he's been working on records by bands like Endless Bummer, the Zig Zags, Wand, and White Fence

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Isn't it also true that rising rents are shoving out music venues that used to be dependable sources of gigs? I know that a lot of the spots I used to frequent are gone or went upscale.

Yes. But I'm not convinced they're all going to L.A. Many are going to Vegas, Portland, and Seattle.

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