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Poll: Do you or other members in your band have a stage name? Why or Why not?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by DChalo, Oct 17, 2016.

  1. Yes

    60 vote(s)
  2. No, that's dumb. Our parents named us for a reason and by adopting a stage name, you are indirect...

    58 vote(s)
  1. DChalo


    Dec 16, 2015
    Austin, TX
    I'm not sure if stage names are popular with bands nowadays. I was kind of thinking of adopting one because my name is pretty foreign and doesn't roll off the tongue very easily, plus it would be cool to be called something else for a change :D

    Do you think it would be cool? Or would it actually hurt with getting known, due to inconsistency of my name?
  2. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    More popular in metal bands than others.

    Dunno if those with un-generic-American first and/or last names like Tallarico are still doing it (bonus points if you know who I'm talking about).
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2016
    FrankLowend and ubernator like this.
  3. twinjet

    twinjet Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    No stage names. I think it's pointless.

    My first ever session job, I worked with a girl who had gotten quite a bit of recognition within my town and across the younger population of the country. Her parents opted to use a stage name to protect her privacy, (she was 9 years old at the time) but what really got me is that years later, the siblings of said girl joined the band, using their real names.

    I suppose to protect privacy it makes sense. But I don't get the parental logic here. :thumbsdown:
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2016
  4. Hamish MacCleod

    Hamish MacCleod Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2014
    South America
    My name is John Smith, I wanted something simpler so I became Hamish MacCleod.
  5. Supadope

    Supadope Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    My goal is to leave the world a cooler place than when I arrived.
    Nicknames are great. One of my drummers always wears gloves when he plays. We call him Mittens.
  6. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Yeah, those guys in the original Heavy Metal band insisted on nicknames:

    Terence = Geezer
    John = Ozzy
    Anthony = Tony
    William = Bill

    They started a whole thing, or was it KISS? (not a Heavy Metal band)

    or was it David Jones (Bowie or Ziggy)? - also not Heavy Metal

    then there was Iggy Pop. I can't even remember his Viking name, but he wasn't doing Heavy Metal.

    Dang, I almost forgot Alice Cooper (Vincent).
    He wasn't Heavy Metal in the beginning, but his performances these days are definitely leaning in that direction.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2016
  7. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    In my jazz band, I'm called (affectionately, I think) "QNW" (" QuarterNote Whore"), because I'm happy walking bass lines all night.

    As Bugs Bunny once said, "It's shameful, but, eh, it's a living."
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2016
  8. DChalo


    Dec 16, 2015
    Austin, TX
  9. I love how you construct these polls. Can't wait to see what you come up with next.

    Never had a stage name, but Fern and Spike used to call me Jethro.
  10. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    I used to play up around Knoxville a lot and the BL would introduce me as the Alabama thumper, except on those weekends when Alabama would beat UT
    birminghambass likes this.
  11. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    haven't had a stage name as a bass player, but wouldn't be against using one, so neither poll option really applied.
    gingerbassist and Ewo like this.
  12. DChalo


    Dec 16, 2015
    Austin, TX
  13. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Southwest Virginia
    Yep, but I don't use it that often... I got a buddy (happens to be a drummer) who goes by Trevor Ripchord behind the set.
  14. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton My P doesn’t have flats or tort Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    With all due respect, you seem to be concerned with every aspect of being in a band and playing shows, except the music. Stickers of pinup models, stage name, etc.

    You're the guy that as of a couple weeks ago hasn't even played a gig. And there's nothing wrong with that, everyone has to start somewhere. I'm just saying that maybe focus on the music before everything else.
    mikeyjm2, MattZilla, 40Hz and 4 others like this.
  15. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    The tone is heavy, same as me...Nice to meet ya I'm Heavy T...

    Sounds better than saying Terry!!!
    Oddly, mstillman and DChalo like this.
  16. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    If it was a spoof band or something like that--sure--I would be playign a character of sorts--otherwise I would use my own name
    Zontar Lincoln Washington IV--okay not really my name...

    If I did use one it would be a pun.
  17. Iggy is, and has always been, light years "heavier" than Sabbath... Honesty trumps Fantasy
  18. Moiesh Narmurkle, Dutrall Manugas, are some I've gone by and recorded/toured under.
  19. DChalo


    Dec 16, 2015
    Austin, TX
    Yea, I'm just OCD about all the details and don't want to change bunch of stuff down the line
    Imaginary Pony likes this.
  20. That is so weird, I am also named Zontar Lincoln Washington IV. Not the fourth, but IV as in "Eye -Vee".
    steveinohio and mstillman like this.
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