JohnP_CIO
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Vocalist - Soprano.

ABOUT

Are you wanting to become a part of something really special? If so read on. If not continue on for whatever you're searching for.

I had the pleasure of building and managing a cover band from the ground up starting in 2013. Along the way, I learned what separates an average garage band from a polished great band. My wife and I are about to relocate to Chattanooga from Chicago so I had to disband my 7-year project named FlashDrive s://./channel/UCPqCaZrCRNZKd9GMDUQZSDg . That cover band was really special. I want to build something really special again in Chattanooga and plan to re-form FlashDrive there.

What am I going to need?
1) A drummer who is as comfortable playing on an e-kit or v-drums as they are playing on an acoustic set.
2) A bass player who can carry the bottom and stay locked in with the drummer.
3) A keyboard player with a double stack (keyboard on bottom, synthesizer on top).
4) Two female vocalists, preferably one alto and one soprano who know how to sing, harmonize, and how to entertain a crowd. Not a lead and a backup vocalist. Rather, two vocalists both capable of and willing to sing melody on some and and harmony on others.
5) An experienced sound guy willing to learn our set lists and songs as well as any musician in the band.

We will practice without sound, meaning every instrument will go straight into a digital board then and into our ears using In Ear Monitors (IEM). Every member will need to have his or her own high-quality, sound isolating IEM earphones (e.g. Shure, Westone, etc.). At least dual driver, but preferably triple driver. You will control your own monitor mix from your smartphone so the sound in your ears is exactly the way you want to hear it regardless of whether you're in the practice space or on a live stage. I have all the rack transmitters and body pack receivers.

For song selection, we forego choosing what we want to play always in favor choosing what our audience wants to hear. Every song needs to be recognizable, achievable, and moves an audience. By "move and audience," I do mean dancing, but also swaying, singing along, hooting and hollering, clapping, head nodding, toe tapping, air guitaring, bringing to tears, hugging, etc. If a song doesn't move an audience, we won't be playing it. We will play songs true to the spirit of the original recording, but it doesn't have to be note-for-note to allow our own creativity to shine.

Musicians will come prepared to every practice. Practices are never meant to learn a song. The song is learned ahead of time. Practices are meant to bring a song's components together. We don't practice a song until we get it right. We practice a song until we never get it wrong. Constructive criticism is always welcome. Harsh criticism is not.

Egos, baggage, and drama are checked at the door. Drama can kill bands. If you bring drama, you won't be part of this band. You are just one part of a larger entity and decisions will always be made on what's best for the band, not what's best for any one person. In my bands, no one person will get everything s/he wants, but everyone will get something s/he wants.

We will be democratic. All ideas are welcome. When the band is split on a topic, I cast the deciding vote.

If you're in this for the money, then pass. We will get paid, but it's not going to be all about the money. It's going to be about the joy of moving audiences and the camaraderie between the band members. Don't plan on gigging every weekend. A few times a month, maybe increasing in the peak playing seasons is what you can expect.

Last, if you're already involved in multiple projects, then pass on this opportunity. Building something special requires commitment and I'm looking for others who are willing to commit themselves to this project. It's too hard to try and arrange practices and accept bookings when availability is taken away by conflicts from other projects.

So there you have it all spelled out for you. Summarizing, I look for band mates who come 100% prepared to each practice, who have no egos, who are not "head cases," who are musically inclined and instrumentally proficient, who are illegal drug and alcohol averse, and who are non-smokers.

Do you want to be part of the next greatest band in Chattanooga? If so, let's have a conversation. Remember, it's a two way street: you have to be good fit for the project, and the project has to be a good fit for you.

john at flashdrive band dot com
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Screen name:
JohnP_CIO
Member since:
Oct 14 2013
Active within 2 weeks
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
35
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's and 10's moderate Top 40 rock. No heavy metal. The set list below is a good representative of the type of music FlashDrive played.

Alone, Heart
Any Way You Want It, Journey
Barracuda, Heart
Birthday, Beatles
Black Velvet, Allanah Myles
Bring Me To Life, Evanescence
Burnin Love, Wynona Judd
Carry On Wayward Son, Kansas
Come Sail Away, Styx
Crazy on You, Heart
Dancing Queen, ABBA
Exs and Ohs, Elle King
Here For the Party, Gretchen Wilson
Inside Out, Eve 6
Last Name, Carrie Underwood
Lonely Is The Night, Billy Squier
Long Train Running, Doobie Brothers
Love Shack, B-52s
MaMa's Broken Heart, Miranda Lambert
My Own Worst Enemy, Lit
Never Been Any Reason, Head East
Party in the USA, Miley Cyrus
Play That Funky Music, Wild Cherry
Raise Your Glass, Pink
Rock and Roll, Led Zeppelin
Saturday Night's Alright, Elton John
Semi Charmed Life, Third Eye Blind
Shut Up and Dance, Walk the Moon
The Chain, Fleetwood Mac
Uptown Funk, Bruno Mars
Who Says You Can't Go Home, Jennifer Nettles / Jon Bon Jovi
Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
Bring Me To Life, Evanescence
Call Me, Blondie
Carry On Wayward Son, Kansas
Chain of Fools, Little Caesar
China Grove, Doobie Brothers
Faith, George Michael
Highway Tune, Greta Van Fleet
Heartbreaker, Pat Benatar
I Want You Back, Jackson 5
Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry
Kiss, Prince
Lonely Boy, Black Keys
One Way or Another, Blondie
Rocky Mountain Way, Joe Walsh
Rolling in the Deep, Adele
Separate Ways, Journey
September, Earth Wind and Fire
Ship To Wreck, Florence and the Machine
Smokin, Boston
Turn Me Loose, Loverboy
Walking on Sunshine, Katrina and the Waves
Would I Lie To You, The Eurythmics
Your Love, The Outfield
You're No Good, Linda Ronstadt

Instrument experience:

Rhythm Guitar:
Expert
Lead Guitar:
Advanced
Acoustic Guitar:
Advanced
Other Percussion:
Moderate
Background Singer:
Moderate

EQUIPMENT

Gibson Les Paul Custom Peter Frampton Edition, Gibson SG3, Fender Stratocaster 60th Anniversay Edition, Taylor 814ce acoustic, Vox VT120+ guitar amp, Crate RFX65 guitar amp, Behringer XR18 digital mixer with Behringer mains and Behringer subs, Galaxy Audio AS-900 + 1400 wireless IEM rack (6 transmitters), Shure BLX288 wireless mic system, Chauvet LED stage lighting system, vocal mics, amp mics, mic stands, 7-piece drum mic kit.

MUSIC