Serious question for the pros (from an 18-year vet of the club scene) -


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Posted by Frustrated on January 16, 2002 at 23:17:16:

This is basically a cross-post I made to one of the other forums and surprisingly, I got no replies. Hopefully, I can get a few tips in this forum versus the other. Thanks in advance guys. Here's my post to this distinguished group of musicians and bass players:

I've been gigging and/or touring with cover bands for about 18 years now (10 years solid of that being full-time). I've made a lot of money playing music over the years and I am so thankful for that. Now that I'm "30-something" and I'm not getting any younger, I've set a new goal for myself: to play in one of these "dinosaur bands" - you know, the bands that I grew up listening to with only one or two original members, using the original "name" (i.e., BTO, ELO, etc., etc.), doing the small and medium venues, state fairs, etc. I know you're probably laughing, but this_is_my_goal.

We all know that *pro attitude* and *knowing the right people* is the BIG thing, but the problem is I don't know who to wine and dine, or who's really "in the clique"! I've played with some people you've probably heard of and many more you haven't. Of the ones you you may have heard of, most of them have "fallen from grace" with the industry clique, so no "connection" there. I've joined the union. I've spammed talent agencies (of whom I have no idea at all if they have any "pull" at all anyway), and I never get replies back from them.

PLEASE HELP! How do I get an audition with a "BTO", a "Motley Crue", a "Foghat", a "Cream" - you get the idea(?). Are there any agents out there who you'd recommend? Joining the local union here (in my little town) isn't getting me anywhere. Is there some referral service perhaps, that really *does* help to get one into this sort of clique? I'm easy to work with, I've got pro gear, a pro attitude, I'm a "big fish" in my tiny little pond already, and although I know I'm not God's gift to the art of bass playing, I also know I can get along with just about anybody and have already realized that the guys and gals who play with the "names" are often just better networkers than they are musicians.

WHERE DO I START NETWORKING? Please reply to me either in this forum, or via email - rockbassplayer@hotmail.com - Thanks in advance, Y'all, and God Bless!




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