Ok.. so last night we were auditioning another vocalist, he sounded great, we were really getting a good vibe from him and everthing seemed to be going pretty well. After we finished up the conversation eventually came to this vocalist saying Vocalist: "Ya, I dig it for the most part." drummer: "well if you decide to join this project, what is that you 'don't' like, or would change?" Vocalist: "Well... I don't think the bass should be flashy or have any 'up-front' lines, and I don't dig that one song at all just because you have an 8 measure bass solo." and looking at me: "Dude, if you want to be a guitar player, be a guitar player, learn your real role as a bass player. The bass lines need to be felt, not really seen, ya know?" *blink* *blink* uhmmmm yaaaa.. At that point I was pretty much done with him. I was really p***ed off at that point, told him pretty quickly after that last comment "Well.. don't lose sleep waiting for our call" and walked away. Today, being a lot calmer, I started thinking about it some. I do Kinda see a point in there somewhere. This project is a progressive rock/metal kinda thing and while you go back to great bands like Rush, Yes, Deep Purple, and so on.. true the bass lines were amazing, but they were still tasteful BASS lines. Somewhere over the last couple of years I started progressing and changing how I play to more of a 'bass as a semi-lead instrument' style. and thinking back, I used to hold on firmly to the idea of 'less is more' and 'a good bassist isn't measured by how much he can play, but how much he doesn't play it'. So have I gone too far, am I in the wrong with looking at bass playing in this way? I've been playing now for over 16 years (i'm 28 now) and to ME this just seemed and felt like a natural progression. Many instruments started out as much less than they are now. When first introduced, the guitar was a finger style, acompanyment instrument. Until Glenn Miller many people didn't even know of the existance of the Clarinet or Oboe! So ... given the relatively short existance of the bass 'guitar', is it to be expected that the instrument and it's role in music is going to change and evolve with more people starting to think of it like I do now? Or am I a freak who should have his hands cut off for bastardising the art of bass? What's Your opinion on what a bassist should/shouldn't be? eh.. maybe I just needed to vent on how much that tool p***ed me off last night.