I would like to add, What are you as a bass player offering to your band? How is your theory? Arranging skills? Songwriting skills? Can you sing and/or assign harmonies? If playing bass well is your only contribution then I would expect your bandmates not to be looking at you for advice. I have been just the bassist and have been a major contributor in the process. I can say based on these experiences that other musicians respect you way more when you are able to articulate yourself as a professional. Most guys could really care less if you can rip sixteenths at 152 bpm and have an awesome double thumb technique.