Hi, I'm Greg Mein (pronounced mine). I've been in a number of bands over the years. Although there was a great deal of variety in the players and set lists, all were gigging groups with a focus on entertaining at bars, weddings, fairs and corporate events. I've also fronted a couple of my own groups that did what I call radio friendly pop/rock cover songs at gigs in the Cedar Rapids area. It was well received but strenuous for me to be a lead singer for 4 hour outings. Additionally I've been called in for a range of one-off and fill-in gigs doing everything from easy listening soft rock and country to American and Swedish style heavy metal on guitar and/or keyboards.
I long ago threw my ego out the door in regards to being a working musician where my real job is to entertain people and keep beer taps flowing. It's not about me, it's about doing what people like, and want, to hear and it's all more fun for me when it's more fun for them! It's hard to argue with the fact that cover bands have the most success by doing well known songs by well known groups and the well of material to draw from is nearly bottomless so it shouldn't be a problem for most bands to home in on material that is best suited to their abilities instrumental and vocal wise.
I'm reasonably accomplished on lead/rhythm guitar, keyboards and vocals and prefer to work with experienced players/vocalists where there is a common knowledge of popular classic rock/pop material and the ability to add additional music (be it old or new) to a set list with minimum group rehearsal time. I myself have access to a vast array of learning resources and the experience and knowledge to learn new material reasonably quickly. Having said all that, I still work a full time day job so weekday gigs and extensive travel are typically not an option for me at this time.
Additionally I've done a great deal of home recording using PC and Mac computers, midi, software instruments and DAWs such as Digital Performer, Logic Pro, Reason, Sonar and others. I'm currently working on treating my basement space for utmost sound recording quality.
I'm available to hire for your studio project(s) and/or to create advertising jingles for radio and/or TV.
- Screen name:
- Member since:
- Apr 18 2007
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 1 night a week
- Most available:
British invasion bands
60's & 70's hard rock
Pop/Rock music of all ages
Country, Country Rock, Southern Rock, Blues, Americana, Soul, Jazz
- Lead Guitar:
- Acoustic Guitar:
- Rhythm Guitar:
- Background Singer:
Personal and Public Record Updated 8/4/14
2014 Gibson LPM w/ Min-ETune System (S/N 140020342)
1976 Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop (S/N 00236225)
1959 Gibson Les Paul Jr (S/N 9 9030)
2012 Gibson SG Standard (S/N 106921347)
1996 Fender American Standard Telecaster (S/N N567062)
2008 Fender American Standard Stratocaster (S/N Z8164785)
2006 Rickenbacker 620 (S/N 19179)
2004 Fender Highway One Precision Bass (S/N Z4165484)
Ibanez RG3EXQM1 (S/N 071105939)
Takamine EF341SC (S/N 03011327)
Amp (Guitar/Keyboard) -
1978 Fender Twin Reverb
Tech 21 Trademark 60
1959 Gibson Skylark
Roland Fantom XR (Rackmount Synth/Sampler)
Casio Privia PX3
M-Audio Venom Synthesizer
Plenty of hardware/software for recording and live sound support.
My latest band, Ohm's Law, will be playing at Bailey's in Springville 9:00pm.
What makes us different? It's my high tech approach using MIDI to control synths and processors from Digital Performer on a MacBook Pro.
I'll be performing with my group, Freq Loop, at the Spy Bar on 10th in Marion, IA