Damn. It's good to be a bass player in Los Angeles

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by MichaelScott, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. MichaelScott


    Jul 27, 2004
    Moorpark CA
    Half a zillion bands looking for a bass player on craigs list.

  2. Plan A: move to LA...
  3. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    maybe i'm just cynical, but that should be telling you something. :eyebrow:
  4. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    touche x1000
  5. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA

    No, you're not cynical. I thought the exact same thing.

    This isn't a blanket statement about CL, just my experience. I responded to two separate ads in the Seattle CL for a bass player. One was for some pimple faced 13 year olds playing in mom and dads garage, and the other was for a bunch of ego-maniacs who were sure they were the next AC/DC. All they told me they needed was a bass player who wasn't a "jerk".

  6. NV43345


    Apr 1, 2003
    Who is craig ? and what and where is this list ?

    There is a huge shortage of Bass Players in my area,
    Tampa,St.petersburg,Clearwater,Satasota the entire bay area.

    As far as L.A. I love it out there. :)
  7. Stax


    Dec 19, 2004

  8. NV43345


    Apr 1, 2003
  9. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    No, that's about right. There's a reason these people usually can't find a bass player in the circles they run. The only occasion I've found where it wasn't true was a band intentionally trying to avoid the circles they ran in. Go figure.

    Craig's List is by and large two ads:

    1- 16 year old guitarsist [usually sic, actually] seeks band to play Flaming Lips. Only been playing 2 years, but pick up fast. No flakes, want to take this to the major leagues, despite glaring personality flaws.

    2 - 30 something band seeks bass player. We're serious, have label interest, gigs lined up, and need rock solid bassist. No flakes, no druggies. We're serious, we're gonna be big, depsite glaring personality flaws, we swear.

    I've met some cool people but those were over local boards. Those boards were either Korn or Thursday, but Portland was like that.
  10. Stax


    Dec 19, 2004
    Happy to help. It looks like there is a Tampa craigslist.
  11. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Ditto. Moreover, you often see the same bands constantly posting "Bass Wanted" ads. Gotta be something wrong there.
  12. NV43345


    Apr 1, 2003
    I checked it out,here is the local site I use alot.:http://tampabayentertainment.com/
  13. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    lol you nailed my former guitarist bandmates perfectly. i couldn't have said it any better myself :hyper: they even have an ad on craigslist. :rolleyes:

    oh, and need to add "no wankers". heh
  14. DougP


    Sep 4, 2001
    our band formed almost entirely from Craigs List.

    Of course you really have to wade through a lot of crap to find decent people to play music with. Each one of us had played with responded to atleast 5 listings there.

    perhaps we were the lucky ones.
  15. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    This thread made me think of "Damn it feels good to be a gangsta.."

    brad cook
  16. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    OMG, I was coming in here to post that Dig...
  17. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    I love that song. Office Space related or not, it's a damn good song to drive (oh, I'm sorry, roll. Or is it bounce?) to.
  18. pierce

    pierce freethinker

    May 25, 2000
    San Francisco, Ca
    yeah, but only like 10 of those bands are worth playin with.

    ditto here...with a twist. first band i found thru cl. then we found our drummer. then the drummer and i decided to form another band, and found them thru cl. we have gotten gigs, and made contacts thru cl.

    its also the first place i look to buy/sell gear. (second is tb, with a discount given to tb'ers, and third is ebay).
  19. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    You forgot this omnipresent element:

    "Seeking a bassist for original band looking to create music in the vein of Radiohead/Interpol/Muse.

    Must be willing to play same note at a droning pace for 3 and a half minutes at a time. No more, no less.

    No calls after 8:00 PM please"
  20. shirojiro


    Jan 24, 2001
    San Francisco
    FWIW, I found my current band mates through craigslist in San Francisco, but I had to go through many auditions that ranged from ok to ridiculous.

    The stereotypes cited above are sadly true here in San Francisco as well, but I would weed out a bunch of groups based on their goals. I'm in my 30s, so the teenager bands were out. I have a great day job, so I'm not really looking to go on a 3 month tour to promote an EP out of the back of a leaky van.

    I used to make a living playing wedding gigs and corporate stuff. I can walk over changes and solo acceptably for cocktail music (where noone is really listening :) ). The hard thing for me was to find people with decent chops who were basically hobbyists like me. I like gigging and rehearshing and the like, but the bottom line is that music is not my livelihood - that helps keep it fun for me.

    In spite of all that, I managed to find a few groups that I liked from craigslist. Thankfully, I got the job in all of them. It's nice to be wanted, I suppose, but I think I was able to match my interests with the bands' interests before I even showed up for the audition, so at least I knew we'd have some common ground.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is that there are people out there on craigslist who are genuine and who have their acts together. My advice would be to call ahead and have honest conversations with the band members before you bother to schlep all of your gear over to some studio in a shady part of town with 5 strangers. At least then you can try to avoid wasting your and everyone else's time.