I'm 25 and haven't gigged since high school since I was really busy with travel hockey and a lot of other hobbies. I was really missing playing so I decided a little over a month ago to try to join a band. My band from high school did original rock songs but I just wanted to step into a role with an existing working cover band and have fun playing covers super tightly while making some extra cash to cover time + expenses. I was having a hard time finding a group. Everyone that responded wanted to start some kind of psychedelic space rock opera group Or other bands simply sucked. I took a few days to record a bunch of songs of me and put them on youtube and instantly had better responses. I saw an add for a working cover band that needed a new bassist so I scheduled an audition and sent them my vids. They sent me a list of 10 songs, told me to pick 3, and set a date about 9 days out since they had a lot of other bassists lined up. I saw some of their gigs on youtube, thought they sounded good so I figured I would learn all 10 songs. I went to the audition with my new VT Bass Deluxe, hooked straight into their PA (with subs ) and then, I kid you not we played all 10 songs in a row gig ready. I was really pumped, between songs the guys were complimenting my playing (even the singer? haha) and jokingly asking how long I've been playing with them. We got done and I was packing up when they came over to ask what I thought. I said it went really well and that we should play again together soon. Then they said, "well if you'd like to, we already talked it over and we'd like you to join." I accepted on the spot because it seemed like a great fit. They canceled all their callbacks\other auditions that were set after me. That was on Monday, we just had our second rehearsal today, I learned another 12 of their songs since Tuesday, and those went great today too. We already have a gig for Nov 13th and then the 20th! Sorry this was so long! I'm just really happy and wanted to share the news with like minded people. TL;DR: Being a bassist is great.