Sitting In

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Milo Desmond, Jul 24, 2003.

  1. Milo Desmond

    Milo Desmond Guest

    Oct 13, 2002
    Salt Lake City
    This weekend I played a set with a pretty well known recording artist. The music was not my style, and there was no pay. I did it as a favor for a recording engineer in the area, who happened to be filling in on drums.

    I was notified on Thursday at about 11 am about this gig. Practice was that night at 7 pm, the show being Friday night.

    I learned a 16 song set in 6 hours, went to practice, and met this band for the first time ever. I immediately made good friends with everyone. Practice went great. Show went great. I guess I really impressed the band, as they couldn't stop complimenting my playing and how quickly I learned everything.

    The show ended and the band went home. (They are in LA. Show was in Salt Lake City, UT). Now, for my dilemma.

    I really want to be in this band permanently. I like the people sooo much, and the music is fun to play live. I think I impressed them enough that they may have been considering asking me, but didn't because of where I live.

    I would be willing to relocate for this, but how do I tell them? Or do I tell them? Or do I shutup and stop whining?

    Any advice?
  2. soularis


    Jul 3, 2003
    Illinois, USA
    I would let them know and be cool about it. If it doesn't work out, you won't waste your hopes, and if they are indeed looking for somebody like you, then what the heck. Good luck.
  3. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Wow Josh, sounds impressive. How did the rig work out for ya? Dare I ask what artist?
  4. Milo Desmond

    Milo Desmond Guest

    Oct 13, 2002
    Salt Lake City
    The rig was great. Sounded perfect for current band and was able to dial in the "singer/songwriter" sound for this gig no problem.

    I don't want to post the artists name, for fear that the current bassist is a TB member. I don't want to step on any toes.
  5. ConU


    Mar 5, 2003
    La Belle Province
    Oppurtunities like this rarely come along for most players.I'd contact them right away and let them know you're available and interested.
    This is the music buisness,nobody's gonna be concerned with stepping on your toes.
    I don't see it that way in this situation anyways.Opportunities knocks,you have to answer.
  6. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Well, the band had no qualms about leaving him/her behind.

    What you do is send them an email after three or four days thanking them for the opportunity to sit in, letting them know how much you enjoyed playing with them and saying that you may be in their area soon.

    Disguising a job feeler as a thank you is acceptable. But calling them up and asking them point blank for a job if they haven't specifically offered you one is presumptuous.
  7. ConU


    Mar 5, 2003
    La Belle Province
    So be it.Call them up!
    Because ya'know theres absolutely no "presumption" in this industry.A week from now he won't remember your name.
    Let it be known you want the gig.:cool:
  8. The music industry is one of the sickest, most disgusting cut-throat businesses in the world. It usually suprises me because musicians are post to have a bond, but I've seen some cold stuff. I'd say take the chance and ask them if they are decently well known band. Are they signed and if so on a 1-10 scales, how big are they. 1 being a band thats new-5 being a band like Nickelback or Chevelle. 10 being like Good Charlotte. I'm not talking about quality I'm just talking about popularity.
  9. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
  10. jimbob


    Dec 26, 2001
    Charlotte NC
    Endorsing Artist: Acoustica Mixcraft; Endorsing Artist: DR Strings
    Call, write, e-mail, send smoke signals! If you want in, get in!