As much as the song says that if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere, some people prefer to make it anywhere other than the Big Apple.
That was certainly the case for Caitlin Krisko, the 29-year-old vocalist and front woman for the rock-and-soul band The Broadcast. Krisko spent most of her young life studying music in the city, attending the Professional Performing Arts School and private arts conservatory Circle in the Square. “When I had finished my education in university and, then, graduated, I came to a pretty quick realization that I wanted to pursue a career in music,” says Krisko, during a phone interview. “And I set forth to begin developing a band and a concept.”
In 2007, Krisko went on to recruit fellow pupils who were studying music: Percussionist Tyler Housholder and keyboardist Rich Brownstein were in music programs at the Pratt Institute and NYU, respectively, while their drummer, buddy Michael W. Davis, was a Manhattan School of Music student.
At first, The Broadcast was based in Brooklyn, looking to create some buzz with its bluesy rock sound.
“I think it’s pretty natural that we have a classic rock influence/sound,” says Krisko. “All of our parents are from that generation of music and, so, I think that we all grew up listening to music like Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones and Jefferson Airplane and bands like that. So it’s only natural that you would maybe hear those influences in our music.”
Unfortunately, Krisko wasn’t feeling the New Yorker lifestyle, and she and the band decided that it was time to go. “I just got to a place in my life where I realized I didn’t want to be that kind of consumer in my lifestyle choices,” she says. “Living in New York City is really, really expensive ... and that really wasn’t conducive to the lifestyle I wanted to live as an artist.”
She also found that New York wasn’t replenishing her with the creative juices she needed. “For me, personally, I was not continuing to be inspired by the metropolitan lifestyle, especially growing up there and going to high school there. Those were really for me my most golden years in New York City, and my most magical years.”
In 2010, Krisko and her band mates moved to Asheville. She considered the town to be a good location, since it was close to music-friendly cities like Nashville, Athens and Raleigh (where they’ll perform Saturday at the Pour House Music Hall). “Asheville’s just got a reputation,” says Krisko. “It’s an incredibly creative and open town. There are incredible bands here. The cost of living is very artist-friendly – although I’m sure probably some other people here would kick me for saying that. But just coming from a place like Brooklyn, to me, it’s a very financially friendly city to live in as artists.”
It’s also in Asheville where the band picked up two other members, guitarist Aaron Austin and bassist Matt Davis. Along with that, Krisko says the town has had a major influence on the music, which can be heard in the band’s first, full-length album, “Dodge the Arrow,” which was released last year.
“I think if you listen to the old music, it sounds like a completely different band and a completely different sonic quality,” she says. “And, then, when we moved down here, I think that it really allowed us to hone in on our craft and focus in on what we wanted to create.”
But they’re not completely kissing off the place they came from. The Broadcast will most likely head back there and do a show or two. But considering that the band is looking to do 160-180 dates next year, it may take a while for them to get back in that New York state of mind.