Tristan Clopet Leaves MIA for NYC: Only "0.5 Percent of Miami Is Interested in Live Music"

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Via Tristan Clopet's Flickr
Tristan Clopet gigging at the Florida Grammys in 2009.
He was born in Toronto. He hung around the NYC music scene for a few years. And then he settled in the MIA circa 2008. But now superskilled and masterful singer, songwriter, and solo recording artist Tristan Clopet is heading "back to New York."

"So why am I moving?" he asks in a blog post titled "Thanks Miami! (Hello Again NYC)" on tristanclopet.com. Because only "0.5% of [Miami]'s population [is] interested in the idea of seeing live music being performed on musical instruments by musicians."

In short, our local music scene is a dead end. "Ask Rachel Goodrich," Clopet says.

Of course, Tristan's referring to the fact that even Ms. Goodrich was forced to skip town last year, leaving -- as Crossfade said at the time -- "you, me, and the Magic City for the big, bright floodlights of La La Land."

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Via Tristan Clopet's Flickr

Goodrich is/was the 305's most badass songstress, Crossfade's greatest out-of-control crush, and a three-time New Times Best of Miami winner who's done commercials for Crayola and Blackberry, scored TV spots on Showtime's Weeds and MTV, and been called the "queen of the Miami indie rock scene" by the New York Times. And still ... She needed to split.

For his part, though, Clopet ain't mad. "Miami is an incredible city," he says. "And non-Latin/Hip-Hop/Ultra stuff does have a chance thanks to gatekeepers like [New Times contributor] Arielle Castillo or Jordan Melnick, of Beached Miami.

"But the next step, personally and professionally lay elsewhere."

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13 comments
yellowflamingo
yellowflamingo

hi...this is rg and i dont think miami's a dead end...never did....never will...love 

#originalfan
#originalfan

TC - It doesn't matter where you go - your music will still remain in Miami via the lives you have touched directly and indirectly! Can't wait for NYC and all the rest to be a part of it! Keep goin for it, with all your hard work, passion and generosity of spirit. It's worth it for us, and hopefully for you! 

CJN
CJN

Oh no...... sad to see you go Tristan, NYC sounds like a good new start for you though! Keep doing what you're doing and the fans will follow! All the best 

NotJustTheLocation
NotJustTheLocation

I'm fairly in tune with the Miami music scene and I've NEVER heard of this dude.   Going to his website and listening to his latest, I'm not that impressed.

We'll see if he makes it in NYC or needs another transfer... 

Ncc-1148
Ncc-1148

Well them "gatekeepers" job is to find what happening...and after listening to this guys stuff...he ain't happening. Miami is tough and hard to impress. Singer songwriter/folk rock stuff will never make it here unless you're really fuckin' good. Have a safe trip dude...

MiamiSweetz
MiamiSweetz

No! Miami is truly losing one of its best talents! I'll be sad to see Tristan go, however, I totally understand his reasoning for moving to the big apple. Good luck and keep rocking Tristan! Your talents and music will take you far!

La Nalgona de 8th Street
La Nalgona de 8th Street

Agree 100% most live acts I've seen here at grand central, the stage, pax, even the adrienne arscht center have made a comment or two during their performance about how dead the audience is. Miami is too cool for anything when in reality everything musical is backed up here 4-6 months sad but true

Hay
Hay

 If being in touch is still "grooving" to the Sound Machine, you do know your music. NYC much more "in Tune" as his sold out audiences confirm.

TristramShandy
TristramShandy

 Yeah, his stuff all sounds the same.  And covering a bunch of other people on YouTube ain't going to help...

He's definitely no Jacob Jeffries.

CMill
CMill

Well said...Tristan is very talented if you have seen him live or have listened to any of his albums, which obviosly some haven't ..folk/rock please Ncc..This guy is way to talented and is better off going to NY. Good luck Tristan!!!!

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