It is that time of year when people think of crazy things they would like to do in the upcoming months. In the past few years I have shied away from this superstition, but this year I figure I’d put it out there as a goal to see what might happen. My goal then is to start or possibly join a band. Yes it’s cliche, but I’ve been playing for about 4 years and I need to either get some collaboration going or give up the idea and focus solely on solo material. I would prefer to collaborate, which brings me to the weird part, the pitch. It feels like some strange dating ritual, but here goes.
I’m ideally looking for guitar (me), bass, drums, keys, and a singer to create and play original tunes. I’m flexible on the instrumentation, but this setup allows for a lot sonically. I’m looking for it to be more hard rock or progressive metal but I’d rather see what comes out of collaboration than set a specific genre. So I’ve laid out the obligatory influences, skills, and expectation categories.
My main influences are bands like Dream Theater, Rush, Kamelot, Megadeth, Coheed and Cambria and solo artists like Joe Satriani, Steve Morse and Marco Sfogli. But if you were to look at my Spotify or last.fm favorites you will see all kinds of stuff like Royal Hunt, Porcupine Tree, Andy James, Flying Colors, Tom Petty, The Vanden Plas and gasp Styx, Toto, and Firehouse. The point is that I’d rather see what comes out when playing instead of rejecting musicians because they don’t like the “right” music. A band should not be afraid to make music they enjoy without a limit on the palette of sounds. Sometimes an acoustic is perfect for the song.
I’ve been playing for a little over four years and would consider myself an intermediate player. I’m getting a handle on scales, modes, and arpeggios though they aren’t yet second nature. I’m moving from focusing on speed to working on phrasing. You can hear a couple of songs I’ve written at my SoundCloud account to see what I mean. In addition to guitar playing I have also spent time the last couple of years working on recording and mixing because it isn’t enough to make music, you need to be able to capture it as well.
I’m in my early 40’s and I have a family and career so that means the gig is by definition a hobby. However, that doesn’t mean I’m looking to goof off, play a couple of cover tunes and call it good. The initial goal would be to get a 5 song do it ourselves EP recorded, mixed, mastered, and “released” in some form by the end of the year. To that end I’m looking for getting together once a month for focused song writing/rehearsal and at least weekly online interaction. That would most likely be in the form of posting parts for mixing or lyrical ideas. I could see trying Skype or Google Hangouts for video, but we could see if that was useful. I’m not looking for stardom, but creating music will help everyone grow musically and who knows what can happen.
If that sounds interesting you can leave a comment or hit me up on SoundCloud or Google+. If you are into the same music but don’t want to be in a band, think about hitting me up anyway. Maybe I can sell you some music later on. 🙂
EDIT: I also enjoy harder instrumental stuff like Chimp Spanner and Scale the Summit so I’m open to something like that as well.