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Which way to audition a drummer?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Bassdude15, Nov 20, 2013.


  1. Bassdude15

    Bassdude15

    Feb 26, 2013
    Nashville
    I'm putting a band together and have decided to begin auditioning drummers. Me and my singer/rhythm guitarist can't seem to decide between a bunch of Who songs(we love it when drummers play like Keith Moon) or a jam based audition. Which do you think is more practical and why??



    Thanks,
    Bassdude15
     
  2. GrumpiusMaximus

    GrumpiusMaximus I've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe

    Mar 11, 2013
    Kent, United Kingdom
    Having also been a drummer for about 12 years...

    My advice to you is that it's best to have a song setlist. This way, the drummer knows what's expected of them prior to the audition. Play through those songs as best you can and if there's time, then have a jam.

    Remember that personality is very important in bandmates, too. Sometimes, the best player isn't the best person to be around and in the end that will create more problems than it will solve. You want a good player that is easy to get along with.
     
  3. Bassdude15

    Bassdude15

    Feb 26, 2013
    Nashville
    Our set list mostly consist of lengthy originals at this point.
     
  4. kikstand454

    kikstand454 Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2012
    Get two covers and an easier original together, make a little disc of the three songs and arrange to meet the drummer to give them the music. Make it super quick and casual as to not waste their time.
    Tell them to contact you when they're ready.
     
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  6. It's better to audition using actual material that you will play. Do you have recordings of your stuff. If so I would email mp3s to the candidate, and set the audition for a week later.

    If not, then pick some covers that you know and use those. Three to five songs is a good amount.
     
  7. GrumpiusMaximus

    GrumpiusMaximus I've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe

    Mar 11, 2013
    Kent, United Kingdom
    I'm sure you can whack out 'Substitute' and 'My Generation' as tester pieces, if that's the vibe you're looking for.
     
  8. Bassdude15

    Bassdude15

    Feb 26, 2013
    Nashville
    Our usual opening number is an 19-minute version of "Amazing Journey."
     
  9. Humbled

    Humbled Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2013
    East of the Sun
    If your applicant drools out of both corners of their mouth, the candidate is level-headed, and that's about as much as you can hope for in a drummer.
     
  10. Bassdude15

    Bassdude15

    Feb 26, 2013
    Nashville
    I take it you dig the Who's live bootlegs?
     
  11. nojj

    nojj Guest

    May 20, 2013
    Which way to audition a drummer?

    At Gunpoint
     
  12. Humbled

    Humbled Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2013
    East of the Sun
    I guess it's a tired old joke. Carry on.
     
  13. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Since you're playing originals send them your songs so they can learn them. If you like what they do, cool. If not, move on.
     
  14. Kmonk

    Kmonk

    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
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    Pick a couple of covers and send him 2 or 3 originals to learn. It will be easier to judge his ability by playing songs which have structure rather than jamming. You can always jam at the end of the audition to see how he improvises.