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I'm a freshman in college in Pennsylvania. Before enrolling, I was the lead singer of a Buffalo, NY band. We are reasonably successful and noteworthy in the area (having played nearly all of the biggest venues around the area, recording an EP with the bassist from the [famous 90's band]), but obviously this has not translated into success anywhere else. The band is still ongoing (we have shows planned during breaks from school and fully intend to pursue music full-time after college), but the school year has curbed my ability to perform. The other members go to different colleges in different states. I am unhappy in college and know that all I want is to play music. My drummer agrees. At this stage we both feel willing to drop out and move to New York and just play, the same way my heroes did it - Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Kanye West. Obviously our fan base would not follow us to NYC, and we'd have to get jobs. We would have no proverbial "Plan B." I know how dangerous it will be, but I'm obsessed with the idea.