It’s been becoming increasingly clear that many bands in my area who audition for a bass player want a bassist who fits a certain stereotype... You know: the bassist who sits in the background, plays roots, has their mids cut completely, inaudible, doesn't give any creative input and is basically in the band to take up space figuratively and literally. Now don't get me wrong there’s nothing wrong with lying in the back and keeping your bass-lines simple, but there really is a culture in the music community that believes bass’s only role is supposed to be a utility instrument that fills in the sonic space that the rest of the band doesn't; the bass should be felt not heard. I know this is highly dependent on genre, but I really do believe that this is probably why there’s alot of bands with unremarkable bassist. Worse yet, sometimes bands get a good bassist and relegate that said players role to one not unlike Jason Newcomb’s role in Metallica. What are your takes on this, Talkbass community?