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Would you rather?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by p0werslav3, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. Got the skillz

    2 vote(s)
  2. Bringing in the bills $

    1 vote(s)
  1. p0werslav3

    p0werslav3 Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    My friends and I discuss these weird things at work and since this came up and it's about playing the bass, I thought I'd pass it along.

    Would you rather:

    1) Be a great studio bassist that is highly sought after
    2) An average bass player but in a mega-star band
  2. IanStephenson

    IanStephenson UnRegistered User

    Apr 8, 2006
    Not sure your poll, and your post match up...

    a great studio player who is highly sort after probably makes more $ than a replacable bass player in a name band.

    If the name band bass player is average he's probably not seeing much in the way of writing credits/royalties, and after the "management" have taken their cut he's probably making an OK wage.

    If a GREAT session guy can do three or four sessions a day, and be home in time for dinner with the family that sounds like a much better deal than sleeping in a tour bus for months on end to promote a record which ultimatly you don't see any profit from.
  3. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I think Ian has a point. I know of a few guys who tour with big name acts. They really don't make all that much money. A few hundred bucks a night and expenses is about it. I'm sure Will Lee (Late Night With David Letterman and session guy for everybody from Weather Report to Steely Dan) makes a lot more than that for a Taco Bell commercial. And he probably rarely leaves NYC. I'd say he has the better gig. But to stick to your topic, I've hit the road enough in my life. I would take the studio gig (skills included) if it paid the bills.

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