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Why Midlake Front Man Eric Pulido Has Stayed in Denton

It’s not New York or L.A. or Austin, but here’s why Midlake front man Eric Pulido calls Denton home.

By May 2017Comments

I’m surprised by how often folks ask us why our band hasn’t moved to a bigger city. I hesitate to say it’s never crossed our minds, but it’s never been a realistic option for a number of reasons. The first—and I know it’s not sexy to say—is that the cost of living is great here, compared to New York or L.A. or Austin. That’s a really cool thing for us bums, that we can afford houses and our own studio.

There’s also a great, tight-knit artist community here. You see a lot of the same folks around town—they could be musicians, photographers, videographers, artists—and you collaborate with them and support their ventures. I think a lot of people came here to go to college and then decided to put a flag in the ground and say, “I’m gonna stay here for a while, maybe get married, buy a house, start a business, run for city council.” That’s helped curate what we’re seeing in the downtown area, where a lot of artist-friendly things are starting up.

Socially, culturally, everything is really saturated downtown, and that’s another thing I love about Denton: it’s small. Everything is within arm’s reach—even geographically, we’re tight-knit. In the Dallas–Fort Worth area there are towns that just get created and buildings pop up and neighborhoods pop up, and they’re not as authentic or as old as Denton is—they’re inherently inauthentic. They lack what we have here, where there’s real history.
—As told to Jeff Salamon

Eric Pulido plays in the Denton band Midlake and the indie-rock supergroup BNQT, whose debut album, Volume 1, is out April 28.

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  • enderjed

    Heard the BNQT album the other night on the radio. If you like Midlake, you’ll love it. It’s got their sound, with indie superstars (that’s a thing, right?) guesting on vocals. Great songwriting, too

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  • Industrial

    The collaborative spirit Eric describes is alive and well here in Denton. It is so authentic and so many of us get to live out an authentic life here. The cost of living allows us to not work to live and allows us to explore beyond our front lawns (AKA Courthouse Square) if and when we want though there is always so much going on in this 2 college town that if you are bored you are living in a cave. I am proud of Midlake (the band members and their families) for seeing the value of all that Denton has to offer and not settling just for fame or fortune. It is real…and it is fantastic.