Mark1152197
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Band to Join, Vocalist - Tenor, Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboard, Background Singer, Harmonica.

ABOUT

Just a guy who has played many years and is a lifer. I’ve played music since I was in 2nd grade having played in front of people the first time in 4th grade.
I played in a band called MIND'S EYE that was offered a record deal back in 1986 buy Elektra Records after we got on “The Tape” at the New Music Seminar in New York. It wasn’t a realistic deal so we went on to find another way. By 89' the writing was on the wall because grunge was starting to rear its head and I wanted to make a change in my lifestyle and music to a direction that was on an island compared to the new scene.

Screen name:
Mark1152197
Member since:
Dec 12 2015
Active within 24 hours
Level of commitment:
Committed
Years playing music:
50
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

More guitar driven rock. I write many styles. I prefer edgy rock/newer country or country rock but what I prefer is writing. But whatever I end up playing has everything to do with what the singers abilities and limitations are. I have down that I sing back ups. I did and hope that I’ll get it back because it’s important to me. But I am relearning how to sing with power without losing my pitch. I had a neck surgery and ended up getting a titanium cage put into my neck. For awhile I thought this was only a temporary set back. I had been singing backing vocals as long as I could remember. Unfortunately it's put limitations on what I can do. I used to be the guy popping the high harmonies. Now I can find it but if I try to project [pretty important if you're going to sing] I tend to get pitchy. I've been trying to get this back on my own and depending on the key or how high oe strong of a voice you need, i would say I'm serviceable. But having C3 to 4 and C4 to 5 fused which cause every other disc to rupture in my neck except C8, things I used to even do falsetto can be tough. Again, depending on the key or the part, I may be able to still sing some. Vocals are key. I’ve also written a lot acoustic stuff that can be done cut down with just an acoustic or built up into full band song. I prefer to be more of an edgy rock/country rock than metal if I end up in a band gig unless the singer has some powerful pipes. If I don’t have boards, I would want a second guitar. I've played anything from Priest to Journey to the Doobie Brothers to Whitesnake when I was only doing secular stuff. Loved bands that could crossover like Switchfoot was able to. Songs like "Meant to Live." Bands like 3 Doors Down. New Country that was made popular by Dan Huff of Whiteheart who is one of the biggest producers in Nashville now.

Instrument experience:

Rhythm Guitar:
Expert
Lead Guitar:
Expert
Acoustic Guitar:
Expert
Background Singer:
Moderate

EQUIPMENT

I have a full finished rehearsal space with a full PA. I'm a new resident in the Crown Point/Cedar Lake area. I have more gear than I'll ever use and I'm open to most anything as long as it's done well. I don't mind splitting solos but I've never had a problem being equitable if there's another guitarist involved but I'm more about the right guy playing the right part. Just as long as I'm not "second fiddle" having been mainly a lead guitarist. Being great as a group is more important but i do want to solo while being a team player. whoever makes the songs sound best.