Careers for a young bassist

Discussion in 'Ask Janek Gwizdala [Archive]' started by vDavidAM, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. vDavidAM


    Apr 11, 2012
    Hey Janek. I'm new to the TB forums. I am at a crossroads in my life and I would appreciate any advice/help you can give me. Well anyways, I'm a relatively young bassist (17) who also has an extensive knowledge of music theory (and a few other instruments). I work with Pro-tools, Logic, and just about every other major music production tool out there. I will be starting my in-home studio soon. My question is, what are some reasonable careers for a person with my particular set of skills? Also, a decent college isn't really in my future since I messed around in High School but I'm still planning on going. What should I do as far as my life at this moment? And as an NYC resident, what options do I have as far as gigs and bands?
  2. user3653753

    user3653753 Guest

    Jan 28, 2004
    I think that if you live in NYC, you're in a starting position far in advance of many people around the world. The opportunities are all there, you just have to go out and meet the right people and make it all happen. I wouldn't worry too much about the college thing, you're better off hanging in NYC and getting into the right circles of people.

    In order to succeed in any city and in any business in the world, you need to be unique. Perhaps in your case with the studio knowledge that could be a library of great tracks that you end up pitching and selling to artists or writers. Maybe it's a unique production technique that no one's come up with yet, or maybe it's a unique voice on any of the instruments you play. Either way it's going to take a minute to develop, and it's something you should be conscious of as you work on your music day to day. Get out there and play as many shows as you can, meet as many people as you can, and try not to say no to gigs for a while as you find out what it is you want to do as a musician.

  3. vDavidAM


    Apr 11, 2012
    Thanks a lot Janek. Well, I'm gonna work on finishing some instrumentals and probably find a local NYC band. Appreciate the advice.
  4. chiron_griffin


    Apr 19, 2012
    What I wouldn't give to live in a city with a thriving music scene. One in which I could actually network like this.