Good afternoon! Was curious about playing music on St. John. How difficult is it to set up steady gigs on the island? Are there a good amount of bars/restaurants that host live musicians (solo musician for right now) ? If so, how competitive are those 'music slots'? Moreover, how easy/difficult would it be to find fellow musicians to play with and potentially form a band? Lastly, does the amount of music gigs available decrease during the off season? Thanks for any insight:) I know some of the questions are hard to know exactly, but appreciate any feedback.
Pretty hard to get steady, because the long time residents have secured many spots. Opportunities for jam sessions usually take place at the Beach Bar.
There may be opportunities to teach music. Music education is a huge part of the culture and helps generations form common bonds.
The islands are tiny so you might have better chance of surviving if you're willing to play on STT and BVI.
There are many places that offer live music and many musicians on the islands.
Don't know about STJ but there are a couple of places that offer open mic nights in STT.
Tickles and Latitude 18, for instance. Probably depends on how good you are as to how much work, you'll get but it's a small island and most musicians know each other.
Everything slows down during off season due to lack of tourists and demand.
You may have to have another job to sustain yourself, comfortably. Good Luck.
The musicians are a pretty friendly bunch and everyone knows eveyone else and has probably played with each other at one time or another. It won't be hard to meet people and get the scoop on what the music scene here is all about.
Here's a link for one of my favorite musicians: http://matthewmorganrael.com/
This site publishes a STJ music schedule: