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I've got it all

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by -Kramer-, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. -Kramer-


    Dec 9, 2003
    Charlotte, NC
    Started to write a long story about all the problems of the original band I am in, but I thought it might be more fun to post it as a list. Reads like a best-of Band Management.

    1) Drummer's timing is not great.

    2) Singer is walking the tightrope between not great and really bad. See evidence here loudSILENCE | Charlotte, NC | Alternative / Fusion | Music, Lyrics, Songs, and Videos | ReverbNation

    3) Singer only participates in about 1/3 of the practice time, even though she lives in the house where we practice. BTW, she is the drummer's live in girlfriend, so replacing her is out of the question.

    4) Drummer books us for a battle of the bands. Winner is chosen by crown response :rollno:. The rest of the band are really excited about this "opportunity." I don't have the heart to tell them what this really is. At least it's not pay-to-play.

    5) Singer books us for a monthly gig where the pay is a percentage of alcohol sales. What percentage? I don't know, SHE FORGOT TO ASK. How long do they expect us to play? I don't know SHE FORGOT TO ASK. Fan-freaking-tastic. Interesting tid-bit, we only have about an hours worth of music to play. First gig is 10/27.

    6) And if all that wasn't enough to make you run screaming from the band, even the name is embarrassing. I got out-voted 3-1 for [Drumroll] loudSILENCE. Tag line from the Reverbnation page: "This is loudSILENCE, do you hear it?"

    I've got it all :atoz:
  2. TheDude007


    May 18, 2010
    Kansas City
    You have my condolences.
  3. As Bones said on Star Trek........<twirly sound> "He's dead, Jim!"
  4. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Sounds like you need a new Singer AND a new Drummer...
  5. -Kramer-


    Dec 9, 2003
    Charlotte, NC
    I really just need to find a new band, but at this point I am commited to gigs through the middle of December. And I am not looking forward to all the headache of finding another band.

    BTW, I didn't intend this thread as a pity-party, I dug this hole myself and I know it is time to move on. I just thought it was interesting when I realized that my band covers about 90% of topics discussed in Band Management.
  6. Yikes! Just reading this is depressing... : /
  7. I'm in a similar situation...
  8. skychief


    Apr 27, 2011
    South Bay
    o dear.

    That drummer is not that bad, IMO, hey- at least he doesnt speed up and get obnoxiously loud.

    But his girlfriend "vocalist".... o dear. Houston, we have a problem.....
  9. Papa Dangerous

    Papa Dangerous

    Feb 1, 2011
    It could be worse man. You could.... ummm.... hmmm... well, there are starving kids in Japan..
  10. James Judson

    James Judson

    Jul 16, 2009
    Kindergarten. All bands play that tune.
  11. wonderjosh


    Nov 19, 2009
    Fort Worth, TX
    1- You're pretty good on bass. :)

    2- The vocalist isn't very good at anything.

    3- Pay to play is not acceptable.

    4- Your band name is cheesy as hell. :)

    I'd find a new band that you're not embarrassed to play with. Good luck!
  12. I don't know it it'll make you feel any better but they had a hard time finding a band for Chrissie Hynde (Pretenders) because she was such a "bad" singer.

  13. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    One of the better threads to enjoy here today at TB. Thanks for posting.
  14. RustyAxe


    Jul 8, 2008
    In my experience with bands ... there are no victims, only volunteers.
  15. giacomini


    Dec 14, 2008
    Florianopolis - Brazil
    Endorsing: Copetti Guitars
  16. It sounds like you're getting out-voted 3 - 1 on how to run a band like a business.

    Good luck with the nepotism thing.

    Remember: Anytime you've had enough, you're free to walk and look for like-minded musicians. And if you need advice about all the things to avoid, TB OT is like an encyclopedia of band dysfunction (as well as how to make good decisions).
  17. AwkwardLoudness


    Jan 11, 2010
    KY USA
    For our future entertainment, please share you gig stories after the band performs them.
  18. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    Don't walk. RUN away.

    The money here says that things won't get any better.

    (Since I couldn't leave you with a positive message, I figure two negative ones are equivalent in value.)
  19. treekiller


    Mar 4, 2010
    And bands like this wonder why they can't seem to find/keep bass players, hmmm......

    Split, you'll be happier in the long run.
  20. Look on the bright side - you have a cool looking avatar! :)