AUDITIONS - music choices

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Pro-Anti, Jul 27, 2003.

  1. Pro-Anti


    Jul 27, 2003
    Houston, Texas
    I'm looking for some ideas for a "show me whatcha got" cd for any auditions I may need one for. Is it better to play songs that you know the band isn't going to play - but shows off your skills? or to play stuff that's popular with the local live acts...stuff the band will be playing. This is new to me - I'm just now getting to the point that I'm ready to try auditioning. A few of the songs I already have down and plan to use are - Money (Pink Floyd), Spirits in the Material World (Police), War Pigs (Sabbath). I chose these because the timing is a little more difficult than most stuff I hear in the clubs...any other ideas?
  2. Maybe think up a couple things that ARENT actual songs and record them? That will help in showing your creative abilities unless they happen to be cover bands.
  3. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    The best idea IMO for a demo cd to showcase your skills is one thats diverse & contains a lil bit of every style & technique you know. This will show a degree of versatility.
  4. jimbob


    Dec 26, 2001
    Charlotte NC
    Endorsing Artist: Acoustica Mixcraft; Endorsing Artist: DR Strings
    I love what you have chosen so far! If anything, I would run other musical styles on your recording as well. Show diversity and you will get an audition
  5. I think whether or not to "choose" material for an audition depends on the situation itself. With most of the bands I've auditioned before, they gave me a few songs to learn beforehand. I guess it couldn't hurt to have some sort of tape or CD, though, considering that someone lookng for a bassplayer e-mailed me the other day and asked for a demo and photo!
  6. Howard K

    Howard K

    Feb 14, 2002
    I'd say cass is right - you need a collection of tracks that show your bass playing at it's best in every style you want to cover.

    Also, 99.9% of bands dont want a bass player with chops... that's the guitarists job!

    So, personally, when I build a demo CD - which I will be doing soon, I wont be putting any chops stuff on there. Just tracks that show my playing for what it is.
  7. EADG mx

    EADG mx

    Jul 4, 2005
    If a band wants me to audition by showing off, they're probably not the kind of band I want to work with.

    Now if they want to test my musicianship, that's a different story.
  8. AHHH, great minds think alike.