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Mac's Music Project Thread
« on: October 17, 2014, 09:13:14 am »
Nod to Chip's idea about this thread

So as some of you know, the band I was practicing hard withÖ suddenly evaporated. I have not quit practicing by any means and more determined than ever to get back into one. Creating a band or joining one.

So far, all Iíve done is talk to misc. people and subscribe to Bandmix. Bandmix is problem. The only way to correspond with groups and people is join the premium subscription at $10/month. So I canít currently talk to anyone. They just see me and I see them.

But recently a group, that obviously paid, contacted me. As typical, hereís the rubÖ in the short paragraph to me, they practice in the middle of nowhere. The practice drive could be 45+ minutes.

So my self debate is do I really want to drive that far, to little, probably hole in the wall bars? I do not. But I need to find out what they are talking about.

The other self debate is the type of music.   ďWe are a cover band, however we try not to do those same songs every cover band does guess you could say we are a Blues/Funk kind a band.Ē Funk I like, but Blues for the most part bore me.

I know what I should doÖ is call. Iím still sorting out driving that far just for practice.
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Re: Mac's Music Project Thread
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2014, 10:09:07 am »
Yay for this thread!! Been waiting for this for a while. Glad to see that it's finally up. As for paying a subscription fee to a site, personally I wouldn't do it. They are like dating sites. You pay, but no reward follows. There are better ways to get your services/name out there and you should start at your local music dealers/repairs shops. Talk to the people that work there. They are going to have the hookups and knowledge of who is looking for a drummer, etc....Also, you can put up a flyer detailing your services there as well and it's always free. Well, it is here anyway. But as I said before, talking to those that work there is the absolute best way of networking and the perks of it all (besides getting your name out there) is that when you become friends with these guys, you will most likely get discounts on equipment on all future purchases. I always did. Hope this helps.
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Re: Mac's Music Project Thread
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2014, 12:39:44 pm »
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As for paying a subscription fee to a site, personally I wouldn't do it. They are like dating sites. You pay, but no reward follows. There are better ways to get your services/name out there and you should start at your local music dealers/repairs shops. Talk to the people that work there. They are going to have the hookups and knowledge of who is looking for a drummer, etc....Also, you can put up a flyer detailing your services there as well and it's always free. Well, it is here anyway. But as I said before, talking to those that work there is the absolute best way of networking and the perks of it all (besides getting your name out there) is that when you become friends with these guys, you will most likely get discounts on equipment on all future purchases. I always did. Hope this helps.

I'm on the fence about bandmix. Even if the site leads to one good band, it's paid for itself. On the other hand, it might not do a thing. I do have my number and email secretively in my listing. Hehehe. Not secret to onlookers. Secretive to Bandmix coding and censorship of posting that info. Hehehe.

Taking your advice, I have been talking to the drum guys at Guitar Center and one of the local Music Shops. So far, none of those shops have a display board. I find that odd.
And talking to anybody that listens. I do need to talk to my neighbors son. He and I are good friends and he plays out regularly with his 3 piece band.
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2014, 12:50:07 pm »
Definitely see about jamming with your neighbors. If anything, it will keep you fresh and on point with your playing and people will eventually gravitate to you guys which can lead to something bigger and better.
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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2014, 02:23:24 pm »
So I talked to the guy who contacted me.

Day late and dollar short.
They found a drummer this morning.

Anyway, it was a great talk. I love talking music. Sounds like they will do well. Male and Female singer doing 2nd tier hits for their cover material. I might of had regrets with the long drives.

In the end, I gotta keep putting myself out there.
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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2014, 03:00:46 pm »
Just stay the course and things will all fall into place the way they are meant to.
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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2014, 03:32:21 pm »
Yep and maybe one day you'll see me on Behind the Music

wait

what?
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2014, 03:53:10 pm »
Yep and maybe one day you'll see me on Behind the Music

Drugged out, pimped out and played out. Yep, I'm definitely buying your first album.  ;D
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« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2014, 04:25:40 am »
It will shoot to Number 1 by Noon.
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Re: Mac's Music Project Thread
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2014, 01:22:30 pm »
OK, so I put my ad out on Craigslist. Let's see what happens.

Subscribing to Bandmix might be next.  :-\
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« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2014, 01:26:20 pm »
OK, so I put my ad out on Craigslist. Let's see what happens.

You sure you want to add Serial Killers into your band? If you do, you should name it that and be ironic about it all.   :P
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« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2014, 12:28:16 pm »
First audition... (from a letter I wrote to my friend and bassist).

Hey Bango,
I thought I would relate to you a funny story that happened to me over the weekend. It wasnít funny at the timeÖ but it is now.

I went to audition for a band this past Sunday. It was out in Union. That wasnít really too bad of a long drive. So Iím coming up on the destination and I see very little. A huge concrete silo and at first I didnít even notice the mobile home. So I drove on and nothing. So I drove back and past the mobile home. Nah, that canít be the place. So I stopped and asked someone outside and sure enough, the mobile home was the place. Gahhhhhhh. Itís a **** hole. Crap laying everywhere. Couch and chair on the deck, old trucks and cars, sans wheels everywhere. Oh, this is gonna be good. Totally Redneck

As I pull up close I do hear music, but itís coming from across the drive out of this little storage unit. Sure enough, the band was inside this 10 X 12 metal shack that he just put up. It did have insulation stuffed in the ceiling. If you recall, Sunday was the day it started off at 70 and dropped like a rock through the day. By the time the audition ended, I was froze. I ended the audition. I could only imagine what it would be like in the middle of winter. Ya NO!!!!

Like Colorblind Chameleon, Iím relying on the bandís PA system. (Thanks Tony for setting the bar highÖ LOL). I was horrified to find they had only few very old speakers. None could handle my kit properly. They fiddled with the settings and best they could get was a thud on kick, a hallow snare and little else. No high end. Once the guitaristís startedÖ I couldnít hear a damn thing out of my kit. They said they could and were happy. I think they were lying. I couldnít hear dick. I played everything by memory or how I thought the song went.

They played some good old songs, but not much I wanted to pursue. They played decent. Needed work.

Then one of the guys broke out a cigarette. Oh crap. Thankfully the shack doors were wide open. Then the other guys started to smoke. It got to me. An hour later, they asked if I cared about them smoking. I said no. They asked if I smoked. I said no. They asked if smoking bothers me. I said yes. But told them to smoke away. The door is open and there is no way in hell, Iíll be playing with you guys any further. I didnít say that out loud. They then proceeded to tell me how out in the county, there is not anti-smoking laws. Everywhere they play will be a smoke filled bar. That nailed that coffin shut. Shortly after I  called it a day and left.

I was honest with the guy and told him I had to decline because the idea playing in a smoke filled bar was not going to happen.

So I learned lessons.

Anyway, thought youíd appreciate a goofy story of my first attempt into auditioning for a band.

« Last Edit: December 02, 2014, 12:33:38 pm by Mac »
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« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2014, 12:34:29 pm »
Ha. This has sitcom written all over it. If they ever make this a TV series, I am soooooooooo watching this. Better luck next time Mac. Par for the course.
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« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2014, 12:37:31 pm »
It is sitcom material, isn't it.

I have to laugh, because I was so bummed from the second I drove up to the mobile home.  :'(

Seriously, for a nanosecond, I considered... keep on driving.
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« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2015, 01:14:09 pm »
Two of the band guys (guitarist & bass), called to jam recently. It was fun. Tony the guitarist sakes if we would consider continuing working on his material. I didn't answer. I was tired.

This weekend I found an ad for a band needing to replace their drummer. My age I believe. A female singer. Some really great songs in their list. Negotiating a time to audition. Cross fingers.

I'm still trying to convince my wife I need to get a PA. I can't depend on the band to have the right equipment.
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