Say, you guys! Simply sharing an opinion and my own personal viewpoint on how I approach monitor mixes (more so 'in-ear' mixes, but wedge, as well... TLDR: ***IMHO***, the band is best served when every musician hears each other. Long(er) version: Like everything, it's ALL personal preference. For me, I really prefer to be able to hear a little bit of 'everybody' in the band. I stay keenly aware of what the other musicians are doing, possibly credit in part to my general approach as a musician. I've worked with tons of musicians; many of which often pretty much tune out other instruments and only care to hear themselves. While that works well, I struggle with the thought that maybe it could serve the band (and overall sound) better if every musician actually heard every other musician... I liken it to a conversation. We could all be in a room together, and a conversation could be occurring. If I tune everyone else out, and just spoke where I felt I needed to, am I really contributing to the conversation? Also, am I really understanding the conversation to be, in turn, an effective contributor, knowing that I'm likely removing myself from any pertinent conversational context? Additionally, the more I know about what everyone else is doing, the more comfortable I feel about the show we're putting on as a collective. I a just as happy playing an active groove for an entire song as I am standing there with a long rest. My thought is... if the sound is coming from the stage (regardless of which instrument), it's still coming from every musician on the stage. So, while I'm at rest, I'm still 'performing'. It's as if the sound is all a part of the entire band, even if only one instrument is playing, and it's not bass (or me singing). All that said, I keep as much of the entire band in my monitor mix as I can, with minimal bass, since I usually have an amp moving a little bit of air with the cab(s) nearby/behind me... and the less bass I have in my monitor (*if I can't EQ the in-ear mix to remove some very greedy low-end*), the less likely that the sound will get squashed and/or distorted (resulting in me struggling to hear things). It's hard for me to really get into a 'zone' by just hearing myself knowing that I'm only a part of the overall sound. It also helps to be aware of what the audience is hearing. If I hear what they're hearing and can offer energy to put out there, there's an opportunity for a really cool stage-to-house synergy. A big part of my approach, too, is my vocal involvement. I need to be sure I can hear pitches/tones to sing along with. Question to the masses here: What are your preferences, and why (curious to hear the different opinions, and even stories!)? Disclaimer: I'm a multi-instrumentalist, but PRIMARILY a bassist. Started in the very early 90s, I like (and play) multiple genres. Active cover band musician with some vocal ability. You mileage WILL always vary - speaking solely from my personal experiences. I'm NOT an electronics wiz, by ANY stretch - I'm just a player/user! However, I'm also not afraid to 'look under the hood' and experiment. Conversation is ENCOURAGED! Please share thoughts/ideas, and please correct me on anything I may be erroneous on. Most of all, be excellent to each other, and HAVE FUN! Cheers, you guys!