If you are looking to move to Europe keep in mind that each country tends to have their own speed and way of doing things. I for instance am planning a move back to Berlin, now Berlin wouldn’t be my first choice when it comes to all of Europe; Barcelona, Rome, and Southern Italy tend to be more my style, but what Berlin has that those other places don’t, is the speed and networking. Berlin is exploding with creative thinking and financial promise. Many compare Berlin to New York in the 80’s. It’s dirty and hip and the silicon valley of Europe. So I intend to head back to Berlin as soon as possible. Maybe be a couple of months, may be a year, it will all depend.
If you are an artist or musician looking to tap into a scene that is budding into something permanent, Rome wouldn’t really be the place for you. It’s expensive and too in love with it’s past to see any need to chase the rabbit again.
Barcelona is heaven for skateboarders. They don’t have a very pushy society, so you can move at your own pace, which as wonderful as that is, to grow progress, you can’t have that. People have to be competitive to keep pushing those boundaries.
Istanbul these days is a bit of a mess, so you might want to steer clear, but for those that don’t believe in avoiding problems, Istanbul becomes a great place of inspiration. The food, the sounds, the smells, the water, the people, it’s all there.
Prague is dope, they are a popular stop for indie artists touring Europe looking for shows and networking opportunities. But due to their size, the idea of a Czech born artist making waves outside of their home country is slim.
London along with Berlin are probably the top places for an American to venture to if you are looking to make some serious moves and get into something. London has a very very strong grasp on popular music in Europe. Plus there isn’t a language barrier so that can be a big plus…if you can get a work visa. Which since ’08 I believe, America and the UK no longer have a work permit agreement, so this may be more difficult than it once was.
Berlin though I would say is the most logical spot for American’s, particularly American’s with a creative proclivity, looking to move to Europe and enjoy networking. Berlin has everything you could want out of a major European city…except for historical beauty, if you want that, go somewhere else. Berlin is the spot if you are looking to make headway into the European market though. All the contacts are there.