Finding new band members

Discussion in 'Band Wagon' started by Slippery Jack, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. Slippery Jack

    Slippery Jack Tele-Meister

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    We've been looking for a new band member and have contacted people advertising themselves on muso websites in the UK.

    I can't believe the responses that we had. People who say they have lots of experience gigging and are looking for a band, then turn out to be either taking a break or are too busy with their current band. After saying they are available. And before you say that perhaps we aren't doing their kind of thing, we've kept the first contact so general so we can start a dialogue and discuss it, eg 'we've got a gigging band that needs a new triangle player. We've got gigs booked, are you still available?'

    I'm writing this post in my Ferrari whilst my Bentley is being cleaned. I only have a couple of minutes before I have to go on stage as part of our world tour, the sixth one this year. So busy. So full of....

    Rant over. Please continue with your lives. Nothing to see here.
     
  2. tubelectron

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    I wouldn't choose a Ferrari or a Bentley : too much popular façon nouveaux riches, no class...

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    None of my band members have one - nor me... Who cares, finally ? We have fun ! :D



    I agree, @Slippery Jack : finding members who are serious, faithfull and skilled is not an evidence !

    -tbln
     
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  3. nojazzhere

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    Flakey musicians??????....who'd a thought? :)
     
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  5. modavis99

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    Yep.

    The other thing you’ll find is marginal singers or players posing as experts/pros.

    Word of mouth is really the only way to go
     
  6. Ricky D.

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    I came to practice one day and we had a new keyboard player, Windell. Had a Farfisa Duo with the bass pedals and a Leslie. He's burning away, sounds like a young Jimmy Smith. I set up real fast and ask him for an E to tune up. He looks at me like a deer in the headlights. He has no idea whatsoever what the notes are on his keyboard . Totally self taught. We played about ten songs that day, and he played them all perfectly by ear, even caught the changes on the fly. Far and away the best pure player I've ever been around, and I told him so.

    Never saw him again. I asked the leader what happened, and he said that Windell was a hater, just couldn't take being around white people.
     
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    It may just be a polite way to say, 'not a fit'....
     
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    T Prior Poster Extraordinaire

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    even if you find one, NEVER commit out of the gate. EVERYONE is auditioning, even Eric Clapton. Give it a few rehearsals, it's amazing what happens AFTER the first get together.
     
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  9. Slippery Jack

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    Oh my, we've been there.
     
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    I posted a similar thread a few months ago about the travails of looking for band members online. I've come to the conclusion it's a waste of time. I don't know what it is about these find-a-muso sites but they are just stuffed full of flakes, time wasters and fantasists. It's a total crapshoot EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.

    In my experience nothing beats being "in the mix" and meeting people, getting to know what they're like as potential colleagues as well as musically and then making an approach. Even then things don't always work out but it's a much more reliable methodology than taking chances over some website.
     
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    Try looking in halfway houses, mental institutions and county jail- your odds are probably better just cutting out the middleman and going straight to where the musicians are.
     
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    SecretSquirrel Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    I'm making a t-shirt that says, "DRUMMER WANTED"

    Yeah, I know, most drummers can't read, but it's worth a shot. ;)
     
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    We auditioned Clapton for our band. But he was too busy to show up for rehearsals, and he really didn't like playing Dead cover tunes, so we gave up on him.
     
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    Hoo boy. Wish I'da learned THIS a long time ago . . .
     
  15. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity

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    Real Musicians know how much work is involved.
    Flakes don't.
     
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  16. Durtdog

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    That's the tough part about being in bands. You have to deal with musicians.
     
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    All I can think is that you have to explicitly say, "no flakes", as in my favorite listing (someone actually paid for this to run in the local music rag years ago when that was a thing):

    "Guitarist needed for sleazy slut-rock band. No flakes."
     
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    I've been pretty lucky with people over the internet, we did have one guy who we arranged to come try out though and he just never turned up and never responded to any other my messages. He may have died for all I know...
     
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