Middlew3st
CONTACT

SEEKING

Band to Join, Accordion, Background Singer, Bagpipes, Banjo, Cello, Clarinet, DJ, Dobro, Electronic Music, Fiddle, Flute, Harmonica, Harp, Mandolin, Other, Other Percussion, Saxophone, Steel guitar, Trombone, Trumpet, Ukulele, Upright bass, Violin, Vocalist - Alto, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Soprano, Vocalist - Tenor.

ABOUT

I'm on the older side, though most people wouldn't guess I'm 51. I continue to seek out and listen to new (and new to me) bands every day. As a reference, I listen to KEXP during the day at work (check out their streams of their morning and mid-day shows!), and occasionally will switch over to one of the rock/pop shows on KDHX. I grew up listening to my dad's Beatles and Supertramp records, listened to KSHE in my youth (were there even any other options in St. Louis at the time?), went hard into college rock (new wave, post-wave, etc.), supported a lot of alt-country and "alternative" bands in the 90's (not the same connotation that alt-rock has anymore...) and listen to primarily "indie" bands and artists today. I'm a self-taught guitar and bass player, with the ability, if not the confidence, to sing. I have played bass in a couple bands, done some traveling, live shows, and a bit of recording. I'm looking to start playing music with others again, and I'm open to different possibilities, as long as the people are nice and I enjoy the music we are making: indie rock originals, acoustic roots/folk/Americana with harmonies, a new wave tribute/cover band (this is really just a last resort to be able to play music with others - I've never played in a cover band before...) If you want to talk more, you can reach me by using my profile name and a popular email service that has the letter "G" in it. I think the key for me will be to find people who really want to think about what we want to do/play and then do so deliberately, and critically. I'd love to get together every other week (more if prepping for something), work on arrangements or songwriting and parts outside of practices, and potentially play the occasional show or record some material. It really depends on the people and how things evolve.

Screen name:
Middlew3st
Member since:
Jan 09 2020
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Moderately Committed
Years playing music:
30
Gigs played:
10 to 50

Influences

What is the magic answer to this question, to connect with the right people? Hmm... Melody is key. Here are some artists cut and pasted from some best-of lists:

The Replacments, Courtney Barnett, New Pornographers, The War on Drugs, Bon Iver, The Smiths, New Order, Elliott Smith, Pavement, Sharon Van Etten, The Cure, Jesus & Mary Chain, Echo & The Bunnymen, Pixies, The Breeders, Jason Isbell, Nada Surf, The Beatles, The National, Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush, First Aid Kit, The Jayhawks, Wilco, Built To Spill, Band of Horses, The Clash, Radiohead, The Beths, Galaxie 500, Neil Young, Portishead, R.E.M, Sufjan Stevens, Cat Power, Guided By Voices... and more...

Instrument experience:

Rhythm Guitar:
Advanced
Acoustic Guitar:
Advanced
Bass Guitar:
Advanced
Vocalist - Tenor:
Beginner
Background Singer:
Beginner

EQUIPMENT

Martin acoustic/electric, 80's G&L Asat, 70's Fender Precision, 2000's Fender P/J, a buch of pedals and amps...