Would you be in your Band's Music Video if you didn't play on the song?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by 51PRI, Sep 28, 2022.

  1. 51PRI


    Aug 7, 2014
    Our band has been approached to do a music video. Don't ask me why, because I don't know.

    Anyway, the BL, and the videographer, a friend of the band, both want the video to be to a particular song that is on one of the band's CD's. This song only has three of the band's members on it, with another non band member as featured soloist. I didn't play on the song at all. We will be lip-syncing to the song as recorded for the CD. The BL says that HE will lip-synch the non member's parts, if necessary.

    I can't see lip-synching a part that wasn't even on the record but I don't know how to handle this, or what to do to be a part of a music video for a song on which I did not play. Obviously the BL seems pretty excited to get one of his songs a video. So is the drummer. AFAIK the old bass player hasn't been contacted but I think he should be.

    Maybe if there is a bar scene the other guitar player, who also didn't play on the song, and I can be bartenders or be sitting having a drink and/or playing poker?

  2. kevindahl


    Aug 21, 2006
    Do the video, who cares? At worst you will have a recent and professionally, hopefully, made video to show other prospective projects.

    There are tons of videos where the bass player, or other musicians, in the video were not actually on the recording.

    I just don't see any downside in not doing it. Maybe others might think differently.
  3. Jett Litt

    Jett Litt Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2020
    Yes I would. You're in the band, the old bassist isn't. The band isn't going to just scrap the songs they recorded before you joined. The video is promotional for the band you're in. Dress nice and take advantage of the opportunity.
  4. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member


    these cats get it! ;)

    welcome to show business! :laugh: break a leg! :thumbsup:
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  5. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    Ask Rudy Sarzo. He’s made a career of doing it.
    Quiet Riot
    White snake etc
  6. Can hurt anything do the video you have nothing to lose
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  7. pepj


    Mar 25, 2021
    I love what this BL comes up with.

    Just do it... and then report back in a new thread because its bound to have mileage
  8. I autographed CDs I wasn't on, seems like no problem.
  9. GBBSbassist

    GBBSbassist I actually play more guitar...

    Nov 23, 2010
    Yeah probably. Is the music video going to be just you guys, but playing the song like you're performing it?
  10. ProbablyTooLoud


    Aug 1, 2020
    Just do it man.
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  11. KenD


    Oct 25, 2020
    Vancouver Island
    Shades of Milli Vanilli :)
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  12. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Yeah who cares? Just do it. Relax.
  13. BassFishingInAmerica


    Jul 24, 2014
    I think Phil Colleen was in all of Def Leppard’s Pyromania videos that original guitarist, Pete Willis played on.
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  14. I think MTV wouldn’t exist.....

    Fake it good!
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  15. Don't overthink this. Do the video.
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  16. tbz


    Jun 28, 2013
    Half of the bands on MTV in the 80s were doing this.

    Of those, half or more weren’t aware of that fact. Producers are pretty merciless when there’s real money on the table.
  17. MultiScaleMale

    MultiScaleMale Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    You're over-thinking this. A video isn't a historical documentary. Do it and have fun!
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  18. Peavaria


    Oct 10, 2018
    Extreme More Than Words video for consultation.
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  19. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Now is not the time to tell the BL you don’t think you’re in the band. Just do it. Aren’t you planning to be the bass player next time the BL’s band plays that song live?
  20. At least you are in the band the video is for. Every now and then I see an add for a muso of some sort to just be in someone's music video, not the actual band.
    And as has already been said there are tons of recordings with studio musos on them with other band members in the actual video clip for the song.
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