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Need help finding a Prog Drummer

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by lordnyra, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. lordnyra


    May 3, 2007
    Hey. My name is Ryan. Ive come here because i've found this forum to generally have a slightly lower flame tendancy that others.

    I have a problem, tis a long sob story.

    I have been playing in a fairly successful progressive band with my bffl guitarist for about 2.5 years now. We eventually had a 4 piece going with guitarist, bassist, drummer and keys player.

    It was going good until our drummer picked a college very far away from us to go. when that was made clear we went out looking on the side for a permanent drummer who had a little more chops. We found one and he was amazing, like extroardinary, and he was good friends with the keys player. Unfortunately they both left the band when the guitarist and I went off to college.

    We live in MA, and we go to college in Boston. The other players live in the worcester area, it wasn't gonna work out but finding replacements has been a pain in the ass.

    So my main concert here is finding a suitable drummer to play with from Boston, ma. Ive done craigslist but it hasn't gotten me any leads. Ive posted flyers around berklee and the surrounding area, nothing so far. Is it that hard to get a progressive rock/metal fusion drummer our age?? I don't have any real connections to anyone at Berklee or the New England Conservatory, or anywhere for that matter and we don't wanna settle for less. (we play complex stuff)

    any advice or tips?

    Im sure this is a common problem among musicians and I just need to wisdom of my fellow bassits, sorry for the long txt.
  2. Considering most drummers your age (I'm assuming you're in your late teens - early 20's) are falling into either the metal/deathcore or indie fads I say chances are slim but not impossible to find a decent prog drummer. Just need to keep looking and advertising and work on some material in the meantime. It is a very specialised genre when you think about it...not every drummer can pull off playing in a prog band.

    In saying that, prog's been making a bit of a comeback in recent years. I can't speak for your area but my local music scene here in Australia has had a bit of a boom in prog bands emerging....very good quality bands I might add. So there's still hoe for you up there.
  3. lordnyra


    May 3, 2007
    There is a pretty nice prog come back coming round, Tool, The mars volta, mastodon, prog nation etc etc.

    I made a new craigslist ad and i think I have a good candidate, but Im not sure if he plays any fusion, and thats crucial to what we are gonna play.
  4. You don't mention your age, but why is that a big deal? If you are looking for someone with a lot of talent, who is into multiple styles of music, and you are limiting your search to people in their early 20's, that is going to make things harder. There are lots of great musicians who are older, and unless you are planning to put together a band to get onto MTV, that shouldn't be an issue.

    It always saddens me when I see an ad in craigslist looking for musicians, which lists the Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam as influences, and then says you have to be under 25.
  5. rocknrollbandit


    Jan 15, 2009
    I'm using the mention of prog as an excuse to mention the RX Bandits, incredible band
  6. Agreed. Fantastic band. Can't wait to see them next year.
  7. lordnyra


    May 3, 2007

    I see your point. The problem is most of the older drummers that have contacted me do not practice double bass pedal drumming. As we are a prog metal band that is vital. That is a good point tho. If I find a drummer who has all the right requirements, age doesn't matter. We are just used to playing with kids our age. We are all 18 btw.

    thanks for the help everyone!

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