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"I’m constantly hearing ‘If you want to make it, you have to move to L.A. or New York’ or whatever. … I say that’s nonsense," said Ransom Wydner, lead singer of Salt Lake City band King Niko. "Look at Neon Trees, Imagine Dragons, Kaskade, etc. We have an amazing culture of music here and Utah is gorgeous and a great place to find inspiration. Honestly, all that matters these days is delivering the goods. If you can turn out good music that affects people, do it and don’t sweat geography."
King Niko guitarist Benjamin Moffat said Utah County may get more mainstream attention than Salt Lake City but great bands are coming out of both places. "It’s essentially Coke versus Pepsi — the same poison with slightly different flavors."
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The future is bright for all Utah bands. "Our neighbors to the south have turned out a lot of success, but I have a feeling Salt Lake will catch up," Wydner said.
"It’s a little sad that there’s so much separation between the two [because] it’s only 45 minutes away from one another," Henderson said.
Roy agrees. She says a rising tide helps all boats.
"Artistic expression is a free-flowing thing and shouldn’t be confined by cliques or labels," she said. "We’d love to see that same sense of community extend outward and eventually become a statewide attitude."
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