I never learn; Starting a new band

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by vvvmmm, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    So my c/l ad reads:
    "Geezers to rock
    Bass&guitarist and guitarist looking for drummer, mebbe another guitar or bass, etc., to do rock - some covers, some originals, loose, loud, sweaty and garagey. Vocals welcome. Not interested in being a carbon-copy band, covers will be arranged to suit us.
    We are both sides of 60, but we don't care. Race and gender also unimportant, humanity expected. Looking to do the occasional gig, mebbe record. Bring beer."

    I'm 58, been working with a mid-60's guitarist. He's coming Thursday. And in answer to the ad will be a new mid-50's guitarist, and possibly a new 66 y.o. drummer.

    We'll either jam to the computer if no drummer, or in my living room if the drummer brings a small kit.

    Wish me luck. I mean, I hope they at least bring imported. :smug:
  2. PauFerro


    Jun 8, 2008
    United States
    My guess is you won't get virtuosos for this group -- just guys that want to hang and have fun. At least they know what they are getting themselves into. I wouldn't expect any great achievements since it's billed as a casual thing, so you may attract people who are there on their own terms, and their own terms only....but who knows.
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  3. 3Liter


    Feb 26, 2015
    There's nothing wrong with that unless one of you homes in on the "gigs" part and the gigs are not coming.

    As long as everyone is getting what they want from it, no worries. Good luck.
  4. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    the last time i left "own transpo a must" off a listing, we had multiple guys contact us who didn't have vehicles. a drummer was late for his audition because his GF's mom was late getting him to the bus and he had multiple transfers :D

    and no, he wasn't 15...
  5. QORC


    Aug 22, 2003
    Elberon, New Jersey
    I'm always amazed that this actually must be stated!
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  6. If the drummer shows up tell him he is "too loud" while he is setting up, Does he laugh or get defensive?.. If it's the latter you can use the computer..
  7. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Nothing wrong with that. Make sure everyone is on the same page about expectations, and you are gold.
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  8. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    Best part may be that they all promised to bring beer ... and I don't drink beer.

    If all y'all is interested, I'll report back.
  9. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    Aiight, so m' old friend guitarist (67) showed with a SG, and he was his usual amiable self and played well. The drummer (66, and as he emailed) showed without drums but did play some bongos to the drums I had laid off on a USB drive to jam to on the stereo (cool feature of my new Tascam player). He was a nice guy, all enthusiastic, asked me to actually send him the drum tracks we jammed over, that the next morning said he was looking to "go a different direction". Aiight.
    The second guitarist (52) came in with a 2003 Flying V and ripped it up. Turned out he's semi-pro, done nat'l tours opening for cookie-monster and masked bands (Mushroomhead, etc.), great player, and he wants to jam again.
    In the interim heard from a singer (63) who sent demo tracks of hisself singing standards (like, Sintara) over midi tracks - nope.
    So i'll update on this because it amuses me to, and in the meantime ya can larf at the set-up - metalboy played the Trademark, and m' ol' friend played the Pro,Jr - I had the Ampeg and that's my board and summa the libations. Aftermath1_060619.jpg

    Now I gotta get back to mixin' our new scumble choon.
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  10. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    Oh, and their beers (I actually hadda couple because I like water wif m' whiskey).

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  11. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    Jammed again this past weekend. New guitarist is really good, tour-experienced and pro-quality - no idear why he's playing my songs. And the other guitarist who has been with me for a cuppla years really stepped up his game after a 4 month break.

    We actually played live thru headphones with amps mic'd (DI bass) into an 8-track digi-recorder (I DI'd my bass) with pre-recorded live drums.

    Played 5 hours, got 5 ruff songs done, including one kinda Soundgarden-ish, one kinda Sonic Youth-ish, a funky one and two fusion-y ones.

    Here's what my living room looked like.

    A Tech21 Trademark 10 and a ProJr, my pedalboard, the Zoom R16 and M-Audio monitors on the right.

    Attached Files:

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  12. Allan Allan

    Allan Allan Guest

    Mar 25, 2018
    Hey, I saw your ad! I'm trying to start my own thing a hour or so south of Chicago
  13. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    Cool - where you at, and what you play?

    And know any good rehearsal spaces - I have a drummer heard some recordings and is interested!
  14. Allan Allan

    Allan Allan Guest

    Mar 25, 2018
    I'm by Manteno, trying to start a rockabilly trio where I play guitar.
  15. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    I reckon I mighta seen your ad, also.

    Any luck?
  16. Allan Allan

    Allan Allan Guest

    Mar 25, 2018
    There is a drummer interested, funny thing is... he's also a bass player getting into another instrument. So essentially we are two bass players looking for a bass player.
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  17. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    So I'm in comm w/ two drummers, we'll see ...

    Met with another bassist and hadda good jam, me on guitar; 2nd project?

    This project now has 10 songs writ and demo'd to pre-recorded drums.

    On the weirdo tip, I've now had 4 contacts from the same singer whom I told twice, "No, we don't need a singer." Mebbe I should mention that his demos singing Sinatra and Journey over MIDI tracks pretty much suck Oscar Meyers?
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  18. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    What we have done, so far:
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  19. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    We jam and record in my little ranch house, lately using pre-recorded drum tracks and headphones. Previously we had a digital e-drummer, as I posted way back in this thread.
    So, last night we auditioned a drummer in my 20'x25'ish living room, and he showed up with a full kick and tom, hats and one crash, and a cut-down snare.
    He played with them bamboo bundles sometimes called Thundersticks, and he was amazing.
    We used a 10w. Trademark10 guitar amp with no pedals, and I played a 20w. Ampeg BA108 with a bunch of pedals.
    We hadda 50w. mini PA.
    Drummer sounded so great and was in such control of his tone and volume.
    After the 4 hour jam he confessed he's a jobber, and just liked our ad (I posted in the forum elsewhere), and felt like doing some jamming on originals.
    I'll post mebbe a link to the sounds later (recorded us, of course) but inna meantime:
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  20. John6


    Jul 9, 2019
    Central Ohio
    haha that should be interesting