Which gig would YOU take ?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Dark Horse, Feb 3, 2014.


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Given the informatin, I would....

  1. Take GIG A

    11 vote(s)
    26.8%
  2. Take GIG B

    30 vote(s)
    73.2%
  1. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

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    Which gig would you take ? Why ?





    GIG A

    *current gig
    *great songs
    *super cool people
    *artist has a great voice, sounds like himself, but accessible
    *excellent band
    *top notch management
    *pay is "ok"
    *has a Texas tv show that follows us, filming
    *doesn't play enough for my liking, but trying to get gigs filled
    *has a couple dates book in France over the summer
    *doing quite a few shows opening for bigger Texas acts
    * does well with songwriting, has cuts on new Clay Walker CD, for instance



    GIG B
    *position was just offered
    *great songs
    *artist has a great voice, but sounds a lot like George Strait
    *artist seems to be cool, but we've only just met
    *top notch management and booking
    *is signed to Warner Bros Nashville
    *pays $50 MORE each gig than Gig A, plus pays all expenses...so averages out to about $70-$75 more per gig
    *Just has domestic dates this year so far, though toured Europe 1.5 years ago
    *opens for bigger acts...plays things like George Straits NYE party
    *Has new album coming out in March




    Normally it'd be an easy decision, but I do have a lot of faith in my current gig, "GIG A". Biggest problem is we just aren't playing enough....4-6 gigs per month doesn't cut it. GIG B plays a bit more, will be playing a lot once the new album is released, and pays significantly more....but I dont know the artists personality...for all i know he could be a terrible person to work for.


    So, it's "known entity with a project you have faith in, but lower pay for now" vs "unknown entity with higher pay and major label deal".

    BTW - I'm lucky enough to have had major label deals, played with GRAMMY winners, a couple legends, etc....so while the fact that the artist from GIG B has a major label deal is nice, it;s not something I get my shorts in a wad about,....been there, done that.

    :)
  2. adi77

    adi77 Banned

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    can't u do both? if u keep it business like with gig B it should not be an issue.. especially if you clarify that you may need some time for gig A
  3. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

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    Nope, I can't do both. Too many schedule conflicts.
  4. DwaynieAD

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    that's a rough one. I'd go with B. seems they would better meet your aspirations.
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  6. pklima

    pklima

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    If you leave an act that's being filmed for a TV show, that could make good drama, make the show better and ultimately help that act out. Maybe you can play a bit of a greedy villain for TV without doing damage to your real-life reputation in the music scene? That could be fun.
  7. mancefine

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  8. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

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    Wow. 4-6 gigs per month not enough??? Is music a fulltime thing for you?
  9. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

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    Yep. If I only play 200 gigs in a year, that's a "light" year. I did over 250 last year, almost 300 the year before. I like to be playing 20-25 a month on average....sometimes it works out, sometimes it slows down for a bit. Dec, Jan, and Feb are always tough.
  10. Joe Louvar

    Joe Louvar

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    B - more gigs, and money talks ;)
  11. ctbass

    ctbass

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    If I understand your math...your expenses are only $20-25???
  12. tekdiver500ft

    tekdiver500ft I'm your Huckleberry...

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    B. With this being your only gig, more work is key, as is label support.
  13. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

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    per day
  14. ctbass

    ctbass

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    Wow. That's one meal.

    I have no idea how to advise you on this but I sincerely wish you the best:bassist:
  15. Shanebo

    Shanebo

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    I voted "B", for the following reasons (which may or may not be the right reasons for you...)


    Sounding like George Strait is not a bad thing.

    250 gigs per year x $70 dollars = $17,500 additional income.

    Opening for bigger acts is probably worth more than the exposure of a Texas TV show.

    "Better the devil you know" keeps you chained to the familiar.


    All the best,

    Shane
  16. groooooove

    groooooove

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    all i looked for was what pays more.

    if you're doing it professionally, that (unfortunately) is what matters. not all of us can afford to only take the artistically stimulating gigs.
  17. pklima

    pklima

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    Yup, sure isn't. A lot of people can sound like themselves, but sounding like George Strait is exceptional.
  18. Band B sounds better to me!
  19. RedMoses

    RedMoses Supporting Member

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    Its important to like your CoWorkers, esp if you guys are going to be on the road a lot together. I voted A since it seems like you have faith in the project and you get along with the players, while making some extra money is always nice, dreading going to the sessions is worse. You already have an established relationship w Gig A, if you take B it will take a few months before you truly undertand if its the right fit for you.
  20. marmadaddy

    marmadaddy

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    B. It's not just the money and amount of work, it also seems like there are far more networking opportunities.
  21. BawanaRik

    BawanaRik Supporting Member

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    Ask around about the artist. Someone somewhere has played bass with him before. Read the contract.

    If you do leave band a do it on the best possible terms.

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