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auditioning for a bigger Nashville country act

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ngh, Jan 20, 2014.


  1. ngh

    ngh

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    I recently got offered an opportunity to audition for a bigger (not huge) country singer songwriter act out of nashville through an acquaintance of mine who works in A&R at a major nashville country label. the gig is for this chicks touring band and I am to audition before the cattle calls as one of a few recommendations from her management. The only thing is i am at a total loss as to what I should expect from this, and was hoping some of you could give me some advice, or share some stories so that I have an Idea as to what I should be expecting.

    heres a little about me:
    I'm a young guy (22). mostly self taught but I have a good solid knowledge of music theory and composition. I am a new york jew (not practicing) born and raised, I use the occasional yiddishism in conversation and look pretty jewy. I have a fair amount of experience touring albeit on a diy level. i have a fair amount of recording experience in pro and not so pro studios as a "session" player here in the nyc diy scene. I play mostly indie rock and experimental music. but have recorded with a pretty straight ahead alt country band, and am a versatile player. I have pro gear. I know how to run live sound, and coil my cables correctly, blah blah blah...

    I do not doubt that i would be able to do this job and do it well, but I really am at a loss as to what I should expect from this audition. should i play down my jewishnes (shave my beard, refrain from saying oi, etc.)? how should I dress? will I need some sort of resume or CV? should I bring a cd with recordings I have played on?

    in short I don't know what the culture of the country music scene is, and I don't really know anything about auditioning for pro level gigs as a hired gun. any advice, anecdotes, etc. would be really helpfull.

    thanks!
     
  2. Steve

    Steve

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    Mishpocheh!

    Zayn shpasik
     
  3. Slade N

    Slade N sunn #91 AZ Bands #? Supporting Member

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  4. Leo Smith

    Leo Smith Supporting Member

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    Bet he got the gig, and is off to someplace with no internet... What a mitzvah!
     
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  6. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

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    If he didn't get the gig, he's probably all verklempt.
     
  7. Jim Campbell

    Jim Campbell Banned

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    pro is the way to go....play that aspect.....everything else can be made to fit that,but there is no substitute for a pro attitude,and manner....at that level the people who you are auditioning for should recognize that....
     

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