I don't want this nickname

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by stylonpilson, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. stylonpilson


    Jun 30, 2008
    Reading, UK
    I have recently joined a band. It's the kind of band which is basically run by one guy, who is the songwriter, singer, rhythm guitarist and manager. Literally within seconds, he had nicknamed me "Mr Bass". He uses this nickname frequently, presumably in the hope that it will catch on. When I turn up at the start of each practise session: "Aha! Mr Bass!" In his email address book I am Stylon "Mr Bass" Pilson. The poor drummer is similarly afflicted with a "Mr Beat" moniker that seems to be used by only one person.

    How should I deal with this? Direct confrontation runs the risk of causing offence, but the "war of attrition" method (ie refuse to adopt the nickname, in the hope that he tires of using it) does not guarantee success (cf the drummer's situation).


  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Maybe he just can't remember names..?

    Many people have a mental blank on names and I know that I meet loads of people at Jazz gigs,workshops, jams etc. and can't remember their name, but instantly identify them as an Alto Sax or Piano player etc. etc.
  3. stylonpilson


    Jun 30, 2008
    Reading, UK
    No, it's definitely not that. I'm 100% certain that he is doing this because he thinks that nicknames are obligatory. His intentions are clearly good - he's trying to be friendly and welcoming - but the nickname that he has come up with is painfully poor.

    Perhaps I should just honour the good intention, and accept this title, agonising though it may be, with good grace.

  4. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    Feel fortunate, I suppose.

    For all my project music, mine is "RickettNation", which the first part is my last name, the nation part comes from the nations of bass lines I use (Mostly, If not all bass parts) How ridiculous is that? :)

    Ultimately, he at least added "Mr." to it.
  5. 51m0n


    Jun 30, 2005
    Refer to him as Mr Dick at every oppurtunity....:D
  6. Bardley


    Nov 16, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    Call him Mr. A--hole every chance you get...;)
  7. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    +1! Find an odious nickname for the offender and use it until he relents.

    I've played under "BabyBoy" (Back When I was the youngest member of the band), Papachub, (Because I'm I'm a bit lumpy, as well as it's properties of being an innuendo), and these days they call me Phalex (Not sure where that one came from, but oh well...)

    No one ever referred to me as a fish though.
  8. mrjim123

    mrjim123 Supporting Member

    May 17, 2008
    Start calling him "Mr. Gitfiddle". He'll either back off or boot you out of the band. Either way, problem solved. :rolleyes:
  9. Deacon_Blues


    Feb 11, 2007
    I was in the band in a show here a few years back. The name of the band was "Pubic Corner" and we all had strange names the people who had written the sketches had come up with. I didn't particularly like mine - I was "[my first name] the Penetrator"... :eek:

    I would have preferred being called "Mr Bass" anytime.
  10. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    Well you are the bass player!

  11. The sax player in my band calls me "McLovin" at every opportunity. He even introduces me to the audience that way, without using any part of my real name. I'm not really thrilled about it, but I guess he could have picked a worse nickname.
  12. PSPookie


    Aug 13, 2006
    Albuquerque, NM
    I think a litlle perspective is warranted here. There are far worse nicknames than "Mr. Bass." Be grateful.
  13. RED5


    Jan 14, 2008
    Suffolk County,NY
    Heh! That about nails it!
  14. stylonpilson


    Jun 30, 2008
    Reading, UK
    I think that you're probably right. He's not the kind of guy who would dub me with an intentionally offensive nickname, but if being called "Mr Bass" is the worst of my problems, then I should consider myself lucky.

  15. DanRJBrasil


    Jun 10, 2007
    Is he a stoner?
  16. ()smoke()


    Feb 25, 2006

    are you looking for a better nickname, like t-bone?

    ...couldn't help but think of costanza's similar problem on seinfield:D
  17. snaverb


    Feb 19, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    call him Mr Mouth
  18. Call him "Mister Diva"....


  19. mjolnir

    mjolnir Thor's Hammer 2.1.3beta

    Jun 15, 2006
    Houston, TX
    I'd say this is your best option, or at least the option I'd take. You never know, the name might grow on you after a while.
  20. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Just keep insisting that it's pronounced "Bah-ss".