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Which gig would YOU take ?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Dark Horse, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. Take GIG A

    11 vote(s)
  2. Take GIG B

    30 vote(s)
  1. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Eastwood Guitars, CHC Guitars, GHS strings
    Which gig would you take ? Why ?

    GIG A

    *current gig
    *great songs
    *super cool people
    *artist has a great voice, sounds like himself, but accessible
    *excellent band
    *top notch management
    *pay is "ok"
    *has a Texas tv show that follows us, filming
    *doesn't play enough for my liking, but trying to get gigs filled
    *has a couple dates book in France over the summer
    *doing quite a few shows opening for bigger Texas acts
    * does well with songwriting, has cuts on new Clay Walker CD, for instance

    GIG B
    *position was just offered
    *great songs
    *artist has a great voice, but sounds a lot like George Strait
    *artist seems to be cool, but we've only just met
    *top notch management and booking
    *is signed to Warner Bros Nashville
    *pays $50 MORE each gig than Gig A, plus pays all expenses...so averages out to about $70-$75 more per gig
    *Just has domestic dates this year so far, though toured Europe 1.5 years ago
    *opens for bigger acts...plays things like George Straits NYE party
    *Has new album coming out in March

    Normally it'd be an easy decision, but I do have a lot of faith in my current gig, "GIG A". Biggest problem is we just aren't playing enough....4-6 gigs per month doesn't cut it. GIG B plays a bit more, will be playing a lot once the new album is released, and pays significantly more....but I dont know the artists personality...for all i know he could be a terrible person to work for.

    So, it's "known entity with a project you have faith in, but lower pay for now" vs "unknown entity with higher pay and major label deal".

    BTW - I'm lucky enough to have had major label deals, played with GRAMMY winners, a couple legends, etc....so while the fact that the artist from GIG B has a major label deal is nice, it;s not something I get my shorts in a wad about,....been there, done that.

  2. adi77

    adi77 Banned

    Mar 15, 2007
    can't u do both? if u keep it business like with gig B it should not be an issue.. especially if you clarify that you may need some time for gig A
  3. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Eastwood Guitars, CHC Guitars, GHS strings
    Nope, I can't do both. Too many schedule conflicts.
  4. that's a rough one. I'd go with B. seems they would better meet your aspirations.
  5. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    If you leave an act that's being filmed for a TV show, that could make good drama, make the show better and ultimately help that act out. Maybe you can play a bit of a greedy villain for TV without doing damage to your real-life reputation in the music scene? That could be fun.
  6. mancefine


    Jul 7, 2013
    Endorsing Artist: Orange Amplifiers and Spector Basses
  7. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Wow. 4-6 gigs per month not enough??? Is music a fulltime thing for you?
  8. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Eastwood Guitars, CHC Guitars, GHS strings
    Yep. If I only play 200 gigs in a year, that's a "light" year. I did over 250 last year, almost 300 the year before. I like to be playing 20-25 a month on average....sometimes it works out, sometimes it slows down for a bit. Dec, Jan, and Feb are always tough.
  9. B - more gigs, and money talks ;)
  10. ctbass


    Jun 21, 2005
    If I understand your math...your expenses are only $20-25???
  11. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
    B. With this being your only gig, more work is key, as is label support.
  12. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Eastwood Guitars, CHC Guitars, GHS strings

    per day
  13. ctbass


    Jun 21, 2005
    Wow. That's one meal.

    I have no idea how to advise you on this but I sincerely wish you the best:bassist:
  14. I voted "B", for the following reasons (which may or may not be the right reasons for you...)

    Sounding like George Strait is not a bad thing.

    250 gigs per year x $70 dollars = $17,500 additional income.

    Opening for bigger acts is probably worth more than the exposure of a Texas TV show.

    "Better the devil you know" keeps you chained to the familiar.

    All the best,

  15. all i looked for was what pays more.

    if you're doing it professionally, that (unfortunately) is what matters. not all of us can afford to only take the artistically stimulating gigs.
  16. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Yup, sure isn't. A lot of people can sound like themselves, but sounding like George Strait is exceptional.
  17. Band B sounds better to me!
  18. RedMoses

    RedMoses Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2012
    Its important to like your CoWorkers, esp if you guys are going to be on the road a lot together. I voted A since it seems like you have faith in the project and you get along with the players, while making some extra money is always nice, dreading going to the sessions is worse. You already have an established relationship w Gig A, if you take B it will take a few months before you truly undertand if its the right fit for you.
  19. marmadaddy


    Oct 17, 2005
    Rochester, NY
    B. It's not just the money and amount of work, it also seems like there are far more networking opportunities.
  20. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    Ask around about the artist. Someone somewhere has played bass with him before. Read the contract.

    If you do leave band a do it on the best possible terms.