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Old 10-29-2019, 06:23 AM
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Default A raging rant about clueless "musicians"

Background: a co-worker is a pro drummer and looking to get back into playing so we've been talking to folks about getting a group together.


These are actual conversation I had with various folks:

Female lead singer. Her statement "music is my juice - I live for it". So I listened to a couple Youtube videos her band posted. Literally the worst singer I've ever heard. I felt like Simon Cowell at a bad AGT audition where he has to break it to someone that they are delusional and can't sing at all. I didn't say that, obviously. She said she can't get any gigs because the music scene here is really corrupt and the local booking agents have everything locked up.

Band looking for another guitarist. They want to play corporate events, lawn fetes and community days. I ask for a sample song list. They want to play Nine Inch Nails, Korn and Metallica.

Male-female "classic rock" duo. They want to play hard partying music and so want to step up to Christopher Cross and America.

Guy starting a One-Hit-Wonder cover band. Sounded interesting so I asked which songs he wants to cover (like 50's, 80's, all of it?) . He sends me a snarky reply to go look up what "one hit wonder means". I explain that I know what it is and, in fact, play a few myself. I was wondering which specific songs you are working on. He replies " the usual: Diana Ross, The Bangles, Journey, Frank Sinatra."

Guy wants to play 80's new wave dance songs. Insists on sticking with his current gigs in biker bars.

Band advertises for musicians. Posted "we are not going to be playing all that common music. We want to play what WE like and when the audience sees US having fun, then they will have fun seeing us have fun."

Talked to a guy about playing 80's classic rock. Says he loves that music, but hates Prince, Journey, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, etc. I asked what he loves playing and he gives me his list of 80's songs ......all from 1979-1980.

It goes on, and on.........

I know it's tough making a go at being a musician

Finding "normal" musicians feels like speed dating in Alice's Wonderland.
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Old 10-29-2019, 07:56 AM
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Yipes! It would appear it's time to check for hallucinogens in the water supply.
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Old 10-29-2019, 08:15 AM
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This is why I don't play in bands anymore.
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This is the real world of modern musicians. And once you find a musical connection you start in dealing with personalities and the different levels of skill and talent. After that you hope they deal with life in a similar way as you. Are they on time, money issues, they don't show up at all with no call or bring friends and family with them and they have personality issues it goes on and on.
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Old 10-29-2019, 08:40 AM
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Well musicians are actually humans first
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Old 10-29-2019, 08:45 AM
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Well musicians are actually humans first...
Been in this game since 1962 - and quite frankly, I'm not so sure...
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Old 10-29-2019, 08:58 AM
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. Got a smile out of this. I auditioned and was chosen to play bass for a band playing “country and southern rock”. Two short rehearsals. Second gig the BL calls out four Neil Diamond tunes in a row (none were rehearsed, but no problem other than I hate pop music generally). I quit on the way home.
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Been in this game since 1962 - and quite frankly, I'm not so sure...
Well according to Agent K, Elvis did not die he just went home
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Old 10-29-2019, 09:11 AM
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This is one of those you-can't-make-this-stuff-up things, and I believe every word of it.

Musicians are the quirkiest bunch out there.
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Old 10-29-2019, 09:22 AM
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I understand your rant and I share your feelings.
It’s certainly frustrating. KevWind said it best.
Good luck, you’ll need all you can get.
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Old 10-29-2019, 11:17 AM
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Well musicians are actually humans first
And unlike the general population (which would be bad enough) also burdened with a creative side. That makes it all much worse in terms of flakiness.
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The OP goes to one of my core beliefs that perception generally trumps reality...
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Band advertises for musicians. Posted "we are not going to be playing all that common music. We want to play what WE like and when the audience sees US having fun, then they will have fun seeing us have fun."
I actually kinda agree with this one. Now, I also realize I won't get many gigs with this plan, but I'm OK with that. I'd rather play one or two gigs that I enjoy rather than a handful of gigs that I don't.
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