SEEKINGBand to Join.
UPDATE: I just joined another band in late February, so I am not looking for new opportunities. However, I do want to keep this profile here.
I turned 50 a few years ago and, having been in several bands over the past 15-20 years that can't manage to really get off of the ground, I've been watching all of my musician friends around the globe gigging regularly and having the fun that I want to be having.
I'm not looking for a band in "tryhard mode." I'm simply looking to gig once every 1-2 months and to do so exceedingly well. Simply put, I want to show the young kids in this group that there's no need to associate "being old" with being "being feeble."
I live in Somerset, NJ and would rather stay between New Brunswick and Bridgewater, if possible, but I'll happily commute a bit further if the chemistry is good.
I have pro-gear: Gibson Les Paul Standard, American Strat, Gibson SG, PRS, etc. with a fully-decked out pedal board, all tube amp, etc. I have MIDI pedals that I use to trigger samples that I create in my Cubase Pro-based studio, which allows me to really add something to the live sound that most bands can't.
I have a pro-attitude: I always come prepared by busting my ass in the days before leaving my house for rehearsal to make sure I know my parts so that we can spend the time ironing out the kinks. I am not a fan of people think that rehearsals are meant for learning the songs.
I have big-gig experience: I've played in gigs as large as 5,500 people. This doesn't mean I'm looking to do this, necessarily, but it does mean I'm not afraid of playing in front of people.
I have transportation, of course. :)
My influences are Rush, Pink Floyd, etc. but I'm a fan of many genres. The songs I've been keeping my chops honed with lately are Cherub Rock (Smashing Pumpkins), Dani California (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Evenflow (Pearl Jam), Slither (Velvet Revolver), The Pretender (Foo Fighters), Outshined (Soundgarden), Lay It Down (Ratt), Vertigo (U2), and X-Ray Visions (Clutch).
Please have a band already that plays rock, alt, or grunge.
Please be looking for a lead guitarist.
Please have your set list already decided. Because I work from home a lot, I promise I will learn your songs as quickly as possible in between conference calls, etc.
Please have a solid drummer and bassist. They are incredibly important to any band and dictate the direction of the songs as they are being played.
Please have a singer who is self-aware of their sweet spot from a range perspective.
I'm in a band now. But, unfortunately, we can't manage to coordinate our schedules enough to rehearse regularly much less gig. (In the 15 months since our first rehearsal, we've gigged four times.) I love them as people - and I place a lot of value on chemistry between band mates - which is why I haven't left and don't plan on leaving, but we rehearse only once every 4-6 weeks on average (and obviously don't gig frequently) so this shouldn't be a problem.
I have a great career meaning I occasionally have to travel for work. I will have plenty of notice, however, so this shouldn't get in the way.
I'm a divorcee with 2 kids, so that does restrict my availability to a small degree, but it's never been a problem for me in the past if everyone else is okay with my visitation schedule.
If you're still reading this and think it may be worth it to reach out, please do!
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- Feb 08 2015
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Numerous, depending on the genre.
PRS Custom 24, Les Paul Standard, American Strat (soft tail), Gibson SG, Ibanez semi-hollow, Takamine semi-electric acoustic, Fender Jazz, and a Cort fretless bass. I play through either a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III or a Marshall ValveState AVT2000 and have a pedal board containing standard stuff.
Roland XP-50, D-50, and XV-5050 synths. M-Audio ProKeys88 semi-weighted digital piano / MIDI controller. Roland PK-5a MIDI foot controller. Cantabile Performer running on laptop used for signal routing and sample triggering.
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