First Gig!

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by chips, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. gday guys

    Well this is the story. Myself and my mate whos a guitarist have decided to put together a band with his girlfriends brother (vox and geetar). We're just short of a drummer and we've only jammed 2 times so far. (wrote a cool song today :smug: )

    Anyway, me and my mate Muller (geetar friend) were watching a gig tonight when we get a message from his dad saying "benny boy, just got you and your mates you first gig. Paying $1000".... urmm.. okay?.. we call him and find out its in 2 weeks time for a going away party/birthday. Now we've only played together a couple of times, and neither of us have ever gigged, and all of a sudden we have 2 weeks to practise our ass off and learn 10-20 songs to play.

    So tommorow night we're going to his dads house to sort some stuff out like a written agreement for the pay ($1000 is pretty danged sweet for a couple of dudes who havent played a gig before :p ) and PA/mics and a set list.

    So it will just be me on bass and maybe acoustic guitar on a couple of songs, muller on acoustic guitar and steve on acoustic and vox. This could be a disaster or go realy well. I'm a little scared :eek:

    Any tips or advice for me on this fellas????

    Chips :bassist:
  2. arbitrary

    arbitrary Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Boston, MA
    Take the money and run.
    But god luck anyways.
  3. I think you mean good luck, but he'll need god luck, too! :D

    Gl, though, man. Remember that you don't have to play all original material. Just pick up some easy covers. Also, if you suck, you still get paid, eh? :D :bassist:
  4. yeh, i'm kinda okay with sucking for $1000 :p
  5. Get everyone in the band to have a solo peice. They can practice that by themselves and it's a good time-filler. When we do party gigs (all 2 of them) the guitarist always does some acoustic song in C, the vocalist does a piano/vocals piece and me and the drummer have a bit of a jam. Fills the time and doesn't sound bad. Actually, it probably sounds better than the rest of the stuff we play.
  6. There has to be at least one 0 too many in that price tag :eek:
  7. slapcracklepop


    Jun 28, 2005
    Boston, MA
    I'll take the gig. Don't worry about it ;-)
  8. Yeh, i was amazed at the price we were gonna get paid. I was actually freaked out!
    And i said WERE just then because after finding out they wanted us to play for around about 2 hours or more, we realised it IS impossible. Well for us anyway, and we dont want to make a fool of ourselves/ ruin their night.
  9. txbasschik


    Nov 11, 2005
    Leander, Texas
    A grand? You lucky, lucky dogs! Can I get your daddy to book gigs for me, too? ;-)

    I find that, when playing w/o a drummer, *listening* is key. Listen closely to one another, and keep that tempo dead-bang on, and you will do great!

    You know, I only get $200 for a similar show. You are very fortunate!

    Break a leg!

  10. haha... yeh i know the price was insane, but we can't really do it. Plus theres no drummer. If it was just me and a drummer i could just jam for a cpl of hours. Ive done that plenty of times before. But 2 hours worth of covers in a week and a half with 2 guitars, vox, and bass + not being able to rehearse a whole lot (im a student and i study at night, plus im a kitchen hand which again working at night, the other guy is a baker who starts work at midnight, and my other mate works all day) it just doesnt seem possible.

    I hope that in future that someone will ask us if we can play before going ahead and talking us up and booking us. But oh well. Hopefully soon we'll be tight enough to get a gig that pays the same!
  11. txbasschik


    Nov 11, 2005
    Leander, Texas
    Wow, you're not kiddin'! I wouldn't want to do it, either. For that much money, I would want to at least have more time to rehearse, and get a drummer.

    It is *hard* to play w/o a drummer. I was at a jam, just before Halloween, and the drummer took a break. Two women wanted to continue, and asked me to stay up, so I did. The lead singer/acoustic rhythm player had NO regard for tempo. Just went up and down, however she felt like doing. Mostly faster, faster, faster.

    I asked her whether she had listened to me, and she said, "No, I never listen to the bass." Then proceeded to try and get me and the other woman to book gigs with her w/o a drummer. They both stood there and said, "Oh well, we really don't *need* a drumer. They're loud, and they have all the gear, and they take up too much space, and are just someone else to have to pay."

    I like to come unwelded on the spot! "Ladies, if I am going to play with *you*, there will *have* to be a drummer, and a good one, 'cause you won't listen to me, and I'm not fixing to mess with that."

    They have yet to book a gig. Gee, I wonder *why*?

    Yes, I, too, hope that the next time someone books you, you get the same money, and they ask *you* before they set you up with the venue. People often do not understand the intricacies of booking, or the ettiquette involved.

    Cherie :)
  12. Dude, you made the right call. That shows character to turn down that kind of money (which incidentally splits much nicer WITHOUT a drummer!) Well done.
  13. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    You just learned an important lesson...when someone asks you if you can do something, always say yes.

    When that crappy Richard Gere movie "Breathless" was being made, the director ran into X bassist John Doe and said, "Hey, I heard you guys do a great version of Jerry Lee Lewis' song "Breathless." John Doe said that they did it. So the director invited him to record it the next day for the soundtrack. But of course, they didn't do the song, so John Doe went around to record stores trying to find it, bought it, and had the band learn it that evening, then cut it the next day, and got paid a fortune for hosing the director.
  14. Yeah. Listen to Jimmy. He knows everything.
  15. Dkerwood


    Aug 5, 2005
    Character? No offense, but I don't care if I have a band that can do it or not. I'm out there playing the gig, even if I have to repeat a set (which I've done to fill out 4 hour gigs with new bands). ESPECIALLY for $1000. Holy cow. I've never had a gig pay better than $275, freelance work included.

    My bottom line? The answer is always yes. Worry about "how" later. The answer is always yes.
  16. bassjus


    Mar 30, 2004
    +1 I would take it and figure out any way to fill the time.

    But I'd liek to point out that chips is talking aussie dollars, so 1000 aussie bucks = what american? a deer antler and a jug for maple syrup?
  17. No offense taken.... but do I understand that you would accept a verbal contract that you wouldn't be able to fulfill, but you would expect to be paid anyway?

    He wasn't just talking about repeating a set. We've all done that. He didn't even have a complete band! They had no drummer, had "Just jammed two times" and he had two weeks to work up two hours worth of material.

    It seemed to me that he was facing an impossible task.
  18. Sippy


    Aug 1, 2005
    first gig $1000???? damn!!! my first gig was for free beer... and I had a cap on 4 beers! LOL .. so in other words I got paid $12 for my first gig.... I feel really sad right now :( hehe
  19. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    Bah, it's just 1000$ Australian, in american that's like... hey wait...

    Now I'm sad.
  20. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005