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Gig op but feel meh about it.........

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by DWBass, Oct 8, 2013.


  1. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    You ever have someone call you with a possible gig op but feel kinda meh about it?? Take it or leave it attitude? A friend called me yesterday about a possible gig op but I'm just not that enthused about it. The band gets booked by an agent so the money is decent. Not quite what I'd like but better than the zero I'm getting now. BL has a not so positive rep mainly over money but this was a few years ago. He may have changed and become more professional. I don't know him personally. I have seen him at some of my past gigs. I will say that he started the band way after my old band and they have progressed pretty quickly whereas my old band became stagnant after a pretty good buzz out the gate! I quit that band in June as I felt I was wasting my time and talent! Actually enjoyed my summer and enjoying my continued time away from bands. This band travels quite a bit (I hear all expenses are paid) and rehearsals are 30 miles away. That means more gas consumption. For me, it's really got to be worth it. I'm waiting to hear back from my friend (or BL). Will update as I get updates.
     
  2. Yeah, I’ve felt that way before too - if you don’t want to do it, just don’t accept the job.
     
  3. JohnMCA72

    JohnMCA72

    Feb 4, 2009
    There are some times when I think, even on the way to a gig, that I just don't feel like doing this today. Often, those end up being some of the most fun. Maybe it's because I started out with low expectation?

    Some people seem to believe that they need to "feel it" in order to perform. I'm not one of those, but I have no doubt that it helps. I think of my self more as a mercenary, not necessarily committed to "the cause" but willing to do the job anyway.
     
  4. nojj

    nojj Guest

    May 20, 2013
    "I played a lot of gigs, and this was another one"
     
  5. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    Long Island, NY.
    It happens. Once you've done enough gigging and sub work, you tend to develop a sort of 6th sense for this sort of thing and can tell when a gig simply won't be worth your time or energy.
     
  6. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Daytona beach, Fl
    If you don't want to you don't have to...
     
  7. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Well, this is supposed to be more of a permanent situation (current bassist is retiring from music due to health reasons) but I may just do some sub gigs for them. Not really feeling the full commitment thing! I dunno! Just don't have a good feeling about the BL.
     
  8. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Had a long chat with the BL. Seems like a very nice guy with a clear plan as to what he wants. Also chatted with his MD. also very nice guy. Both have seen me play and complimented my playing and really want me to be a part of the band. So I'm going to take a leap of faith.
     
  9. RustyAxe

    RustyAxe

    Jul 8, 2008
    Connecticut
    If I'm not excited about a gig BEFORE I take it, it's highly unlikely I'll feel better about it a month after I do. Just my experience.
     
  10. Thanks for the update, and good luck.
     
  11. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Wasn't the band so much but the rep of the BL but honestly, it was from one person. And he had an odd personality himself so he may have rubbed the BL the wrong way! We'll see!
     
  12. RustyAxe

    RustyAxe

    Jul 8, 2008
    Connecticut
    Good luck ... I can't say I've NEVER been wrong about a first impression. Hope it turns into something good!
     
  13. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Well, I'm leaving this band. Last gig tomorrow. Nothing to do with the BL directly. Musicians just not up to par! Drummer is horrible.
     
  14. Yeah, that would ruin it for me too.
     
  15. ChrisB2

    ChrisB2 Bass... in your fass

    Feb 27, 2008
    TalkBass > Off Topic
    Well, not sure if I'm happy or sad. Whatever you feel, I feel. :D

    You said they got decent gigs. How does a band of crap musicians do that?? Especially with a horrible drummer??? :rollno:
     
  16. Kmonk

    Kmonk

    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    No idea what "Meh" means but if you are having second thoughts you probably shouldn't do it.
     
  17. RustyAxe

    RustyAxe

    Jul 8, 2008
    Connecticut
    That's the way it goes. Every band experience can be a positive one IF you take something away from it that helps you make better choices in the future. Hope the next go-round is better for you.
     
  18. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    You're kidding, right? You can unload all sorts of stuff on the consumer population with the right marketing, networking, and just good ol' American salesmanship.

    Riis
     
  19. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    He sells the band using a promo video he did a while back with better musicians! Funny, I had a convo with the BL and expressed my concerns and even told him the drummer is gonna cost him some gigs! He's loyal to the guy because the guy is loyal to him! It is what it is. I can't play with a drummer who does not properly learn material. Can't play the proper grooves to songs! Plays too fast! Plays too slow! Even counts off in a different tempo the song is actually in which throws everybody off! Can't play a simple 4 on the floor drum pattern for more than a few measures before he switches up the kick pattern totally different from the song. I can't ever lock in with him. Horrible. Last gig, mind you a Casino gig, dude started a song wrong and then stopped when everybody turned and looked at him! Then he starts again with the proper intro. How do you play the wrong song with the set list right in front of you?? He's not the only one though. Guitarist only freestyles. Doesn't properly learn songs either and won't dirty up his sound especially on songs with a dirty sounding guitar.
     
  20. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Last gig was this past Saturday and this is what I had to contend with all night from the drummer.

    stats.