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 Bandmix page! I have a ton of info here, but I feel it's all relevant & you may as well find out all the basics now! lol :)

1. Right now, with CoVid-19 & all the new variants, I'd like to focus on collaborating online with some fellow musicians who'd like to record their parts live (on their own), mix down the audio & video from each person, then post the final product on Bandmix & YouTube. We could do this with our own DAWs, an app like "Jamulus", "SonoBus", "JamKazam",or use a free collaboration website like "Bandhug dot com"(a replacement for "Bandbug", which bit the dust a couple of years ago...)

BTW...sorry, but I won't practice or gig with anyone unless they're fully vaxxed & keeping up with their booster shots.

2. I focus mainly on keys/synths/organ, but definitely can play rhythm gtr & do backup vox too....perhaps even some lead vox. I sold off most of my vintage synths & modern kbds...then upgraded my laptop so I can play keys/synths using VSTs/plug-ins (the latest VSTs sound great, are reliable & a lot more portable than the old synths!).

3. Location: Anywhere in the GTHA. Cool with meeting near the 401, 407, or the 403 as far west as London. I'm retired & have my own transportation, so no problems driving a bit to get to/from practices/gigs.

4. Commitment: Practices once a week (perhaps more before big gigs?) & do shows a couple of times per month. Money is nice, but definitely not the sole purpose.

5. Experience: Haven't been in a gigging pop/rock band on a regular basis for the last few yrs (been focusing energy towards Christian rock music & other things). So, I don't have a huge repertoire memorized & I have just a bit of rust. However, when I work with a band I'm enthused about learning/re-learning tunes & I have a good honest work ethic. I have a good ear & sense of rhythm, plus I "get it" in a wide range of styles of music.

6. If you don't have a premium membership, you can contact me at "blueznjazz" (at) "hotmail" (dot) "com

7. Attitude: I won't tolerate massive egos, pissing contests, or those who get totally wasted/stoned before/during a gig. Let's all respect the music & your bandmates, right? :-)

8. Venues: House parties, charity functions, park/festival events, pubs, clubs & corporate events are all cool. (as long as body armour and/or an armed guard aren't required, I'm good. lol)

9. Approach: FWIW, I prefer if everyone in a band works on their parts between practices, then during practices the gang focuses most on working on timing/groove/dynamics/etc. Multiple reps of each song on the practice agenda is important. Of course, there needs to be some flexibility, and a practice should not feel like boot camp either. Let's have fun, get to know each other, be patient, encourage each other & not rush the process, but at the same time, not lose sight of the goals & high standards.

10. My Role: I'm a team player (It's about the song, not about me), and I'm an excellent listener/communicator. I see myself as being in a supporting role during performances, not the focus of the attention all the time.

11. Input: Between performances, I like everyone to have the opportunity to offer their opinion & offer constructive suggestions/requests re: music, sound, and logistics.

12. Songwriting & Originals: I'm very open to performing/recording originals and/or providing input on writing/arranging. (I have written songs too)

Note: 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", i.e. I come up with my ideas after hearing the song/concept & letting it 'ferment' in my noggin'. Then, at some point, stuff pops into my head and it usually turns out to be worthwhile. Jamming off-the-cuff isn't my thing.

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Screen name:
rustneversleeps
Member since:
Aug 03 2012
Active within 1 week
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:
Days

Influences

1. Preferences: Right now, I'm on a real "late-70s & 1980s" binge, so New Wave, Post-Punk, Ska, Alt-80s, Electro-pop, Synth-pop, Synthwave, 80s Rock, Euro-pop, Italo, and some Goth are my main passions. Second place would be great music from the early/mid-90s (Grunge, Alt-90s, Power Pop, some dance, etc.). At the moment, I'm not looking to focus on 60s/70s 'Classic Rock', although I do love it.

2. In General, I've been heavily influenced by
* Classical, Blues & Jazz (not "lite" muzak jazz!)
* British Invasion, Classic Rock, and Jangly-ish Power Pop.
* Punk, Post-Punk, New Wave, Mod, Ska, and Reggae,
* Grunge, Alt-rock, most 90s rock music, Garage rock,
* 'Heartland Rock, Folk & Gritty Country, and
* Contemporary energetic/soulful Christian rock.

3. Specific Project Ideas: Got the itch to be part of a Cover Band project based on one or more of the following, with (a) & (b) being my highest priority:

(a) snappy, witty New Wave-ish pop/rock (The Jam, The Cars, Talking Heads, Joe Jackson, The Smiths, early Elvis Costello, Blondie, The Beat, Pretenders, etc),

(b) a band performing interesting & inspiring 80s music that can get people dancing (Talking Heads, Simple Minds, Madonna, The The, Bowie, Sandra, Iggy, Tears for Fears, The Cure, Pet Shop Boys, Talk Talk, Parachute Club, New Order, Depeche Mode, The Box, Level 42, Peter Gabriel, Italo-disco, etc., etc.),

(c) a band backing a gutsy female lead with talent & musical 'attitude' (eg. Shirley Manson, Pat Benatar, Patty Smyth, Alannah Myles attitude, etc..) and an interest in projecting that talent/stage presence onto an eclectic mix of tunes,

(d) a Power-Pop/melodic rock band with crunchy/jangly guitars & great harmonies (Matthew Sweet, Teenage Fanclub, Sloan, The Grapes of Wrath, Jeff Buckley, Sloan, Foo Fighters, Cheap Trick, The Smithereens, Big Star, 54-40, Gin Blossoms, Weezer, Matthew Good, The Pursuit of Happiness, The Knack, etc)

(e) a 'Manchester-sound' band (Charlatans UK, The Verve, Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets, etc...& Oasis without the egos & fights! lol,

(f) a 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)

(g) a band focusing on what I call 'Heartland Rock' - Petty, Mellencamp, Springsteen, The Triffids [for the Aussies out there :) ], John Hiatt, Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, etc.,

(h) or I could totally get into a tribute band for Simple Minds, Black Keys, the Foo Fighters, R.E.M., or U2....

4. Cover Band Caveats: Although I respect bands in the following genres (esp those that do the socio-political commentary thing), I'm not suited to playing 'hair metal', speed metal, thrash, most rap, most current hip-hop, or non-stop, sugary-sweet country.

5. Originals Band: Totally open to being in a band focusing on originals. If the music you've written resonates with me, I'd love to support you & even assist in the writing/recording process.

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Instrument experience:

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

EQUIPMENT

* a midi controller keyboard, an audio interface, a laptop with dozens of top-quality VSTs/plug-ins that do a GREAT job of reliably emulating vintage/modern synths & vintage/modern drum machines, plus a mic & stereo keyboard amp.

* Rickenbacker, Gibson, and Godin guitars

* really nice clones of Vox AC30, JTM-45 Marshall, Fender Blackface & Fender Tweed (all are tube amps).

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