Originally Posted by con struct
Write a bunch of great tunes with a style that is unique to your band, rehearse the hell out of them until the band is ridiculously tight, get a band website up and then live like dogs while working your butts off to get your music heard by anyone and everyone.
Forget about the "scene." Live for your music, that is if the music is good enough to live for. If it isn't good enough then move on.
qft, ignore what other people are doing, if your music is good, whatever style, then people who dig that style will take notice. You might have to adjust strategy ie., don't look for support slots with Hardcore bands - target your core audience.