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Should I stay or should I go?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by shawshank72, Oct 6, 2013.

Should I stay or should I go?

Poll closed Oct 11, 2013.
  1. Stay

    26 vote(s)
  2. Go

    20 vote(s)
  1. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Recently tried out with another original band who has a pretty good name in the area. Come december they will be hitting shows again and getting paid decently for it.
    Problem im having is,
    I love the music, the singer is a talented woman and is incredible.
    Would love to be on a stage with them, her energy level and enjoying making money in an original band playing to great crowds.
    I took 5 of their songs and learned and created my basslines in the week and came in and they gave me the job.
    But i was told i was doing too much?
    Which for one thing i am not a too much player, i am by no means a flea or geddy type.
    They want someone to ride the root notes most of the time and just add small flavour here and there to the song.
    In my earlier days this would have been no problem but now that im 41 in the past few years i have been in bands that give me freedom to be part of the music as opposed to just being in the background.
    I want to make decision soon as i dont want to ruin their plans and give them plenty of time to find another bass.
  2. Hmm, if you can’t decide what you want to do - maybe flip a coin?

    FWIW: Based on ^^^ this comment alone - personally, I don’t think you should accept the job because you are NOT what THEY are looking for.
  3. Fender05


    Oct 20, 2008
    If you're not enjoying your part, if the music isn'f fulfilling you as a person, I say leave. The money is nice, but it won't be enough in the long run
  4. remainthesame


    Sep 24, 2008
    If you have to ask, GO.
  5. Sane


    Dec 4, 2004
    Melbourne Fl
    Sounds like you know what you want. If this isn't your main source of income and just an outlet... I would hold. If this would put food on your table suck it up and support. :bassist:
  6. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    I'd probably stay, and initially do what they want as it is their music, but then try to get more of my own input into new songs as they come up. Over time maybe they'll come to appreciate more than root notes.

    But that's me, you have to trust your own gut feeling on this.
  7. 254 stringer

    254 stringer Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2010
    Waco Texas
    If you go there will be trouble if you stay there will be double
  8. topo morto

    topo morto

    Mar 22, 2010
    That can be a very creative thing... you just have to squeeze what you want to express into the places where it will fit, rather than spreading it over your whole performance.

    The bass is never in the background. Even when playing something simple, it's the foundation of the whole thing.
  9. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    What kind of music is it? If the pay is good enough I would do it in a heartbeat. How much effort are you going to have to put in for this band? Not much from the sounds of it. If you want people to pay attention to you go get a project that you can wank in and get paid with this one.
  10. RustyAxe


    Jul 8, 2008
    My goal as a bassist is to support the song. In 45+ years of playing bass, in cover and original projects; in rock, blues, jazz, folk, bluegrass, and country; I've learned that "less is more". Just because you CAN play a riff, doesn't mean you should.

    If you're looking for a project that allows you to go "front and center" this isn't it. But if you want to support the music in the way the songwriter(s) intended, then get some clarity on exactly what they mean by "doing too much" ... either you get on board or get out.

    Maybe I don't understand the issue?
  11. You have to decide what's more important to you. If it was me, and I've been in your shoes, then I'd continue and try to work with it. You could always find something later anyways. "Bird in hand, is better than two in the bush". Plus, I'd rather be doing, than stuck at home.
  12. waynobass


    Feb 27, 2008
    Stay. Keep it simple for awhile, then gradually sneak in a little elaboration. They won't care at that point because by then you'll be an established band member.
  13. ddhm


    Mar 18, 2011
    Memphis Tn USA
    Play what you enjoy man. Life is too short to do anything else.
  14. jazzbill


    Jun 4, 2010
    Richardson, TX
    Some advantages of playing in a well known originals band include the connections you'll make with other musicians in the originals scene plus the cred you get from it. So do it for a while to pad your resume and meet the people who can help you find your next band that is more compatible with your style of playing.
  15. singlemalt

    singlemalt Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2007
    White Salmon, WA
    I'm with jazzbill. Do the job they want you to do, enjoy what comes of it. Pay, exposure, networking, ect. The request they made might just be a test to see if you want to be on their team.

    The pro's you described far outweigh the one issue you have.

    No drugs, no drama, no volume wars, no prima donna's? In a paying, original band?
    I'd take the ride.
  16. huckleberry1


    Jul 1, 2013
    Mesquite, Texas
    sounds to me like your stealing someone's thunder but on the other hand you may be disrupting the emotional content of the music.
  17. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Of course you should stay. Look at it as a challenge. Find a way to make the most out of minimal playing. Find that one accent that makes the song. Use the zen approach. Be the ball, Danny.
  18. +1. Yep

    +1. Yep
  19. I voted to go with the thought that unless you have a second band to experiment with you may grow to resent playing the simple lines that they want you to play. Then I started thinking that once they get comfortable with your playing and what you could bring to the table musically they might eventually give you free rein to expand your lines. So now I think stay and see what happens. If they still don't budge then leave.
  20. SactoBass

    SactoBass A retired civil engineer who likes all-tube amps! Supporting Member

    I think topo hit the nail on the head. Overplaying from the beginning to the end of a song is, IMO, an indication of musical immaturity. Providing the fundamentals in a song, with occasional fiddly bits thrown in where appropriate, is IMO what separates the amateurs from the pros.

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