Hello, For the first five of my seven years as a bassist I was always one of the 'main guys' in the band. I was generally a contributing songwriter, business manager, website designer, and the overall head honcho (or at least co-honcho). I enjoyed the power I had. The only problem was that every band I was leading turned out to suck and totally fail. For a change, I joined another group in which I was just a bassist and nothing more. That band did well! I decided to take the back seat for awhile and see what happened. Naturally, the bands I played as a sideman in did much better than any of those I had a managing role in. I'm still hanging in the shadows today but have been getting frustrated. My current band is promising but all my bandmates are less experienced than me in every way. I feel like I could add a lot to the songwriting but they non-chalantly ignore my ideas. Admittedly, they write good songs on their own but I really want to be part of it. Even in the management end of things they seem to be unwelcoming of my potential contribution. It's somewhat insulting because I feel like a veteran compared to them. We all started playing music to paid attention to right? I don't want to be that annoymous bassist who could be easily replaced. I want stake in the band. I want to be important! Anyone relate?