My band (sigh) WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by addylewis, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. I've got a prediciment, let me explain...

    I'm in a band with a couple guys I met at college - probably my best mates thinking about it...

    we do covers for a bit of fun, but we've been doing it for 5 years now and we're still playing much of the stuff that the singer/guitarist (a damn good Elvis impersonator) has suggested. Basically he chooses EVERYTHING we do and ONLY gets the band to do anything WE choose if we are persistant enough about it (in my opinion...there 7-8 good tracks there (rock and rock'n'roll) but theres also some other rubbish). The thing is...I can't describe it...

    I'd like the band to be able to do working gigs but I don't think we are musically good enough or that the singer would put his Elvis career on hold for us (he does professional elvis gigs abroard and gets paid a VERY good (£750) weekly wage from it). We've only done about 6 or 7 gigs outside of college which (in 5 years) is pretty bad...

    It's fun for me and something to keep me playing between proper "original" bands - occaisionally when I've chatted to the singer and he's said "we're gonna do this/that, we're a good band" it's been a bit more serious...but since he went away to do his Elvis gigs (abandoning the band) I've just been using the band for a bit of fun - worryingly the keyboard player (who more or less can only play a bit of 12-bar boogie-woogie and the Turkish Rhondo) still thinks we're gonna make it even though we only do covers...

    The singer is back now till early next year and we're working to do a couple of gigs before he goes back to do Elvis - but after that it's just me the keyboard player and the drummer again...

    I'm after something more serious, a band GIGGING at least once or twice a month (my current band haven't done a proper gig since april/may, before that it was july the previous year) - so I'd like some opinions - should I ditch them or not?

    I was thinking of carrying on with them till the singer goes back then quitting...its not his main job, its not the keyboard players main job - its no-ones main job - mostly its just fun for me and the singer, but more serious for the keyboardist because he's not trying to find a second band actually doing stuff to my knowledge..

    We can't do anything without the singer (only rehearse), and I still (mostly) find it fun so...I even travel the 20 miles 9.9 times out of 10 - I give SO much to that band (time and money wise - 1.5 hours each way and £7+ travel) and they take it for granted mostly (ok, we only practice once a week - but I'm spending that money getting to college and back every day anyway, but we don't often do it on days I'm there)

    I remember once when I suggested we practice somewhere between us so we ALL had to travel a bit the singer said "well, ok - but your paying for half my petrol money to get there" I told him to eff off coz I was travelling all the time and I never asked for train fares...

    I still find it fun (mostly) but it can be annoying when the singer gets bossy and starts having a go...what should I do?

    (bearing in mind they're my mates too and I only really see them within the band... - would I lose touch with them if I quit do you reckon?)

    :crying: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help:
  2. arbitrary

    arbitrary Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Boston, MA
    I would sugest being in 2 bands. If you leave this band, I would say chances are fairly good that you'll lose contact with them.
    Weigh your priorities and good luck.
  3. joninjapan


    Aug 13, 2003
    Tokyo, Japan
    "Elvis", get your act together and be a real live backing band, Jerry Scheff was no slouch on the bass mate, (nor Tommy Cogbill)... you'ld be hard pressed to reproduce some of the lines in The King's hits... even the early stuff, those slapping upright lines (Bill Black) get me all the time...

    of course you may find it hard to keep up.

    Elvis lives!
  4. I think I'll stay in he band for now (at least until I've got something else...) the singer once asked us if I would do an elvis band with him when we finished college - I mean, OK I'm not a BIG Elvis fan - but its a job offer I'd be crazy to throw away isnt it? (he reckons he came 2nd in a european soundalike competition..that can't be bad to be 2nd best in Europe eh?)

    I've not asked him bout it but he's having a year out at the moment and working at his solo Elvis stuff - so I suppose I'll stay in the band for a bit simply to stay in touch with them (and besides - hes got one of my elec guitars and the band all part-own a drumkit...)

    I'll just hope I can find a good original band and try and make it in the meantime...

    ...just I'm graduating this year and I suddenly started thinking during summer break "Jesus, I'm nearly finished...what the F*** am I gonna do when I've finished?" - I just REFUSE to do anything other than play music for a living, I've been doing it for too long to KNOW how to do anything else... and your only young once (I'm 22 so still have a chance...), after 28-ish in the eyes of the music biz your almost certainly doomed to a life playing mustang sally every night in front of drunks in smokey pubs for JUST ENOUGH (not even that) to live off - I'M NOT GONNA DO THAT TILL I'M THAT AGE IF I CAN HELP IT!!!
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Hope you have tons of money. I don't know how it is in Europe, but in America, the only bands that make it big already have millions and buy air time on radio stations like commercials. On the other hand, there are lots of bands who I've never heard of and have never had airplay on any radio stations that make money, so it's not impossible to make a career out of it. So best of luck with it.

    In the meantime, why not try to squeeze some bucks out of Elvi? There's worse things than playing songs you're not crazy about to make a little cash.
  6. Tingly


    Jul 16, 2005
    Yonkers, NY
    The first thing you should do is laugh. Your description of your band was pretty humorous.

    STAY, BUT...

    Stay with what you've got until you find another band, but if you are serious about being a professional musician, man, you have to work a lot harder at finding a spot...and hurry up! If 28 is old and you're 22, you don't have a lot of time! And get ready to complain even more about travelling.


    Personally, if that guy came in 2nd in Europe, I think the most practical thing would be to play as his band. I'm sure there are reasons why it won't work. I noticed you wrote that he's "having a year out at the moment and working at his solo Elvis stuff." He probably has an ego the size of Australia.

    But, imagine what a great show you could put on, if, for the first half you played as a regular band, and then, after an intermission, he came out as Elvis! The band would keep ALL the money, because you guys would be your own opening act.


    Oh, and by the way. If you quit the band, you'll probably never see any of them again. It's sad, but that's how life is. The band is probably the only thing holding you all together.