I've been thinking about a lot of different ideas for this project and I've explored those different ideas, but still, I'm having difficulty picking one. So, my ideas are these: 1) Hyphy in the Bay Area, it's rise towards the mainstream, and subsequent loss of artists identifying with the movement; 2) The indie scene in Brooklyn and it's recent rise towards the mainstream (at least for some of the bands that I would be covering); 3) The electro-indie-pop scene in Montreal and the bands that have managed to crossover to the states; and 4) The 60's garage/punk rock revival movement of recent, led by such bands as the Black Lips and King Khan.
I can foresee some problems that I might encounter with each of these ideas, which is making it all the more difficult to decide on which one to do. Since Hyphy originated in the 90's, it might be a bit more historically focused and it might be hard to talk to people. I guess also the fact that the scene took place/is still taking place across the country, it will probably be harder to find people that really identify with the music. I see this being a problem for the electro-indie-pop scene in Montreal too. I know that I could talk to the Black Lips, which would serve as a good resource for the 60's rock revival movement, but I'm not too sure how big of a scene that that's going to be to explore.
I'm thinking the indie scene in Brooklyn might be the best choice for this project. Brooklyn is not that far away if I wanted to go try to interview people in person, I have friends who live there, there are some specific venues that the bands I would focus on play at, and I think I may be able to find some literature on the scene. If I did do this, I would focus on bands such as Yeasayer, MGMT (who has hit it pretty big), Grizzly Bear, and Battles, but there are a lot more that could be covered too. I would ask such things as why stay on an indie label? Is it because the bands can't get signed to majors (except MGMT who did sign to a major)? Or is it because they don't want to? What do the venues add to the scene? Do they influence the music in anyway? Do they influence the audiences that are attracted to the shows, or is it purely the music? Why Brooklyn? Where did everyone in these bands first come from? Did that add to how the music has developed? Also, in setting up this research, I would probably cover a little bit of the historical music scene in NY and its shift from Manhattan to Brooklyn recently. I'm definitely going to have to slim the topic's scope down a bit, but these are my initial thoughts on it.