Seattle Growth Podcast 4.5: Is growth crushing the soul of Seattle music?

As the city of Seattle undergoes an unprecedented physical transformation, is it experiencing just as massive an artistic and cultural transformation at the same time? Has the music scene that grabbed the nation’s attention during the grunge been able to maintain its identity?

In episode 5 of the Seattle Growth Podcast, season 4, three voices from today’s Seattle music scene share their perspective on the culture of Seattle music and how it has changed in recent years.

The episode features:

Austin Santiago, owner of BuildStrong Music Group, which has been curating concerts and music culture in Cascadia since 2005. Santiago is also vice president of Do206, a website dedicated to highlighting live events in the area.

Lydia Ramsey, an American singer-songwriter and talent buyer at the Seattle music venue the Triple Door.

Celene Ramadan, a Seattle musician who has performed as Leeni, Prom Queen and Snax the Bunny.

As a counterpoint to their insights on the current identity and trajectory of the Seattle music scene, the episode also includes the perspectives of legendary Seattle radio personality Marco Collins, former Grammy Awards executive and local musician Ben London, and platinum-selling drummer Jason Finn of The Presidents of the United States of America and many other Seattle bands.

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Austin Santiago
Lydia Ramsey
Celene Ramadan

The Seattle Growth Podcast is hosted and produced by Jeff Shulman, an associate professor of marketing and the Marion B. Ingersoll Professor at the UW Foster School of Business.