I usually do very well at auditions, and I think there's only 3 that I can remember where I didn't get the gig in 14 years of playing. This makes number four. It was an originals band. I'm in my mid-thirties, the other guys were in their early-mid forties. I don't get it. I make friends pretty easily, and get along well with folks in real time, and my experience/resume/playing and so on speaks for itself, so I'm not into tooting my own horn. I try to be humble and open but yet show I am confident and capable without being ego-driven. I come to the audition honestly interested in making a go with what I feel is a good band. I have (and provided) a demonstrable past history that should make it clear to any reasonable person beyond doubt I can play/perform at the level of the band. The only negative I can think is that I didn't have the CDs for more than a day or two before I did the audition. Of course, I didn't have the songs, mastered and down tight. I believed surely that a judgement of whether my ability to be a good fit for the band would be tempered by the very short timeframe in which I had the CDs, and also that it would be received favorably that I would be happy to play/audition at basically a moment's notice, and trying to be flexible with their schedule. It is frustrating to know you are completely capable, open to and receptive to direction, and enjoy and have experience with many kinds of music, and that no information or conversation was had during or after the audition indicated I did something wrong or even less than satisfactory. Basically, all I got was an email follow-up of sorts saying "we think we're going to continue looking to find someone who is a better fit." I appreciate some response which is infinitely better than no response, but I was surprised. In my experience, in bands where I have had an audition, and was ultimately successful in landing the gig, the potential band and I have been able to talk openly about any differences/changes in approach/style. Even during the audition. I think it is fair to assume that those potential bands knew I clearly had the technical ability to play the music, and that just tweaking the approach (more pick playing or less slap or whatever...) would give the sound they were looking for. I know "style" is important, but I am happy to play things differently as needed, and have generally been able to make style a non-issue through either changes to my own approach. I'm not so "precious" about my own "style" such that I'd rather hold on to my "style" and be gig-less. Clearly, I know being flexible and capable leads to more gigs and opportunities rather than an "emasculation of artistry or personality." It doesn't mean that I automatically default to the most generic of parts, but it also doesn't mean that I take a straight ahead rock song, and try to make it a slapper's funk-fest either. I try to play what is appropriate and musical without being mindless. I think I do the right thing- to serve the music first, and then, only then, add a little bit of myself into the music if it fits. I basically played through about seven songs one time only. I could have conceivably played the song in many ways with various note choices and techniques, being tasteful all the while, and its annoying to feel like that since I didn't somehow divine the one "right" way to play the song at the very first take, then I don't get the gig. Especially with no signals (verbal or not) that would indicate any issues. Considering the very short timeframe in which I had to prepare, I believed with good reason that my audition would have shown if not my ultimate performance level, it would have shown a clear and undeniable ability to ultimately deliver the goods as I have for many bands over the years. I don't think it takes a genius to discern a qualified, professional, friendly, personable bassist when you see/hear one, but this audition result is a head-scratcher. Unfortunately this band had something I really wanted aside from original music I liked, which was a demonstrable track record of playing the local festivals and concert series which are hard to get into, and which my current band (which does corporate and political events) doesn't have an "in" into... Thanks for reading. Maybe if you failed an audition even though you were quite capable and personable and all of it, and you're scratching your head like I am, feel free to share.