Maybe this is the wrong forum for a thread like this, but: How do you go about finding musicians in your area? What sources do you use to find people? I'm a little out of the loop considering I'm older than most of the local metal community that actually plays instruments rather than just listens to metal. I've consulted Craigslist and a few local music shops out in my area, and to say the least the results have been a bit disappointing. My latest ad: "I'm 25, been playing bass for over 10 years, unemployed, and without band. I'm open to ideas, even though I'd like to be playing originals. I have transportation and what seems like all the time in the world at the moment. I don't have many influences but I gravitate towards music that sounds fast, thrashy and pissed. Send me an email for details. " OK, the second to last sentence (I'm assuming here, which is stupid, but I am) seems to leave no room for error. I want metal (or of the like). What do I get? "Hey man, you should check out my group. We're all about Motown covers, Springsteen, U2 a little AC/DC, some of the radio friendly rock, y'know? Anyways here's my number ***-***-****." Oh, here's another: "Hey, I'm a 34 yr old singer/songwriter looking to put together an original band. I live in Raritan. Would you be interested in maybe starting something with me? I've been playing in and out of bands for 15 years or so. I'm not looking to do anything angry or pissed but I am looking to do something that rocks and is dynamic. Let me know what you think. Brian" I have dozens more responses like this. I don't really see what I'm doing wrong, maybe I'm looking in the wrong section of my "backyard". Ironically all the metal bands in my area are teenagers straight out of high school. The oldest group I know that I like their style I talked to and it was something along the lines of "oh yea, hey, well, we've all been friends for a real long while. and we've been playing for about the past 20 years. Good to hear someone likes us". Is there something I'm doing wrong? Maybe it's the area I'm living in (Central NJ)? I'm thinking I'm going to start going to the shows of the younger bands tho to see whats out there.