rustneversleeps
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Band to Join, Vocalist, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Trumpet, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Harmonica, Flute, Other, Mandolin, Dobro, Vocalist - Alto, Steel guitar, Upright bass.

ABOUT

Hey! Thanks for checking out my profile. I have a lot of info here, but I feel it's all relevant & you may as well find out all the basics now. :)

1. In the GTA (Toronto & west of it) and near the 401 & 403 as far west as London could work for me.

2. I'm most interested in joining/forming a band that does gigs a few times per month at the most, ie. not aiming to make this anything more than a part-time thing, and most likely I wouldn't have the time to go on any extended 'tour' outside of Southern Ontario.

3. My vocal range is very similar to Ian Anderson's (of Jethro Tull fame) - some of the baritone range & some of the tenor range.

4. For the last 10yrs or so, I have not been in a band situation on a regular basis & I have been focusing my energies towards other aspects of my life. Consequently, I do not have a huge repertoire memorized, but when I have worked with a band (I did quite recently), I am enthused about learning/re-learning tunes & I have a good honest work ethic.

5. You can contact me at "blueznjazz" (at) "hotmail" (dot) "com

6. I have absolutely no interest in dealing with big egos, pissing contests, or those who get wasted/stoned before or during a gig. Respect the music and your bandmates, right? :-)

7. I can practice with a band once a week (perhaps twice when a gig is approaching) & gig a couple of times a month.

8. As is the case for most people, my commitments eat up a lot of time. Nevertheless, I always make room for music!

9. I'm cool with playing at house parties, charity functions, park events, pubs, clubs, etc. I'd be available for weekend or weeknight practices & gigs. Oh, and I have my own transportation.

10. FWIW, I find it best when everyone in a band works on their parts between practices, then focuses most on getting synchronized, working on timing/dynamics/etc during each practice session. I find that multiple reps of each song on the practice agenda is important. Of course, there needs to be some flexibility with all this, and a practice should not feel like boot camp either (fortunately I haven't experienced that yet, but I wanted to mention it) Let’s have fun, get to know each other as people, be patient & encourage each other & not rush the process, but at the same time, not lose sight of the goal either.

11. I have a ‘good ear’ and I ‘get it’ in a wide range of styles of music. I can play kbds & rhythm gtr well, but I am still dealing with some stubborn rust. So, the learning curves are still there, however they are not insurmountable by any stretch. So, give me some homework & I’ll learn the songs.

12. I’ll need some time to catch up to a band that already has a 30-song set list down pat, but I will get there. So, if you were planning on gigging 3 full sets in less than a month, I’m probably not your best choice!

13. I’m a ‘team player’ (“it’s about the song, not about me”) & I'm an excellent listener/communicator. I see myself as being in a supporting role during performances, not the focus of the attention etc. I am comfortable moving between Rhythm Gtr & Keys, plus some backing vocals. Outside of performances, I do like to have the opportunity to offer my opinion & offer constructive suggestions/requests re: music, sound, and logistics.

14. Also very open to performing/recording originals and/or providing input on writing/arranging. (I have written songs too) One reality is that everyone approaches writing lyrics/music in different ways. For me, if there was Myers-Briggs test for artistic personality, I would be called something like "Contemplative Creative", ie. I come up with my ideas after hearing the song or song concept & letting it 'ferment' in my noggin. Then, at some point, stuff pops into my head and it is usually worthwhile. This also means that, unfortunately, I am not productive in terms of creating new music off-the-cuff in a jam situation (except, perhaps developing a melody or harmonies, or identifying what a song needs.). That's who I am, for better or worse. :)

Screen name:
rustneversleeps
Member since:
Aug 03 2012
Active within 24 hours
Level of commitment:
Committed
Years playing music:
20
Gigs played:
10 to 50
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

1. Influences? You name the genre, and I can probably find a bunch of bands or individual artist I appreciate & respect. There is great music & are awesome artists within every genre, and yet there is stuff that doesn't turn my crank.

I don't identify with one specific genre, I identify myself musically by key characteristics like authenticity, relevance, energy, witt & humour. etc. Most of all, the music has to come from the heart & not just exist as a corporately defined cliche-ridden 'product' for sale.

In General:

* Classical, Jazz & Blues, British Invasion & Classic Rock,
* Punk, New Wave, Power Pop, Ska, and Reggae,
* Grunge, Alt-rock, most 90s music, Garage rock, and
* Country & Folk Rock, Folk & Gritty Country,
* Christian Contemporary rock.

2. I want to be part of a band that has a personality and an attitude/message/focus. I've always liked bands with social/political/spritual commentary in their songs. The band needs to have some energy on stage, and knows how to fire up the audience & get them singing, dancing, and throwing their worries to the wind, etc.,

3. In terms of attitude, I think it's awesome if a band has a female lead, that she doesn't sing 'too pretty' - she can still hit the notes, but power, wit, and passion are present in her singing & stage presence. Of course, the same applies to male singers, but my experience has been that male rock singers generally do not lack the power & passion part of the equation.

4. I am most motivated when I am with people with a 'vision', rather than winging it and/or picking songs out of a hat.

5. Of course I enjoy a ton of great music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, (and anything with those influences) but more & more & am getting the itch to be part of a project based on one or more of the following:

* Power-Pop/melodic rock band with crunchy/jangly guitars & great harmonies (Matthew Sweet, Sloan, Jeff Buckley,The Jam, Sloan, Foo Fighters, Cheap Trick, The Smithereens, Big Star, 54-40, Weezer, Matthew Good, The Pursuit of Happiness, The Knack, etc)

* snappy witty New Wave-ish pop/rock (The Cars, Joe Jackson, The Smiths, Elvis Costello, Blondie,The Beat, Pretenders, etc)

*intelligent and/or danceable 80s music (Simple Minds, Tears for Fears, The Cure, Pet Shop Boys, Talk Talk, Parachute Club, Depeche Mode, The Box, Peter Gabriel, etc)

* a 'Manchester-sound' band (Charlatans UK, The Verve, Stone Roses....& Oasis without the egos & fights!)

* garage/retro sound (The Black Keys, the Love Me Nots, The Clique (UK), The Chevelles, The Woggles,The Boss Martians, Dandy Warhols, The Mooney Suzuki, The Sonics, etc)

* I could get into a tribute band for the Black Keys, the Foo Fighters, R.E.M. , U2, Tribute band.

6. I'm definitely not stubborn or anal about my preferences. Everyone in a band has to give & take when it comes to putting together set lists. Basically, if it's 'real' and not cheesy music (written to make record execs rich/happy), then I can believe in the music & will love to play it.

7. Although I respect bands in the following genres (esp those that do the socio-political commentary thing), I do not play 'hair metal', speed metal, thrash, rap, hip-hop, excessively sugar-sweet country, or anything that you’d hear regularly on a "Lite-FM" muzak station. But I do like more gritty country, southern rock, folk/country-rock. (I dig Steve Earl, Almann Brothers, Eagles, Murray McLaughlin, and Bruce Cockburn for example)

Instrument experience:

Rhythm Guitar:
Moderate
Acoustic Guitar:
Moderate
Keyboard:
Moderate
Bass Guitar:
Intermediate
Trumpet:
Intermediate
Piano:
Intermediate
Background Singer:
Intermediate
Trombone:
Beginner

EQUIPMENT

* Six & 12-string Rickenbackers, and 6-string Gibson, Fender, Reverend, and Godin guitars

* Line6 "Helix" floorboard for live stereo effects & some spiffy pedals. Also a TC Helicon VoiceLive 3 and vocal mic.

* Nord & Yamaha keyboards, some nice polyphonic & monophonic analog synths, midi controller keyboard, and stereo keyboard amp.

* boutique clones of Vox AC30, JTM-45 Marshall, Fender Blackface & Fender Tweed tube amps.

* ....and other stuff that I probably have lost sommmmmwhere in the house. ;-) lol !