How do I get a national gig?

Discussion in 'rec.music.percussion' started by Lonny, Aug 27, 2003.

  1. Lonny

    Lonny Guest

    Here is a question that is a bit of a shotgun, but...

    How does a person get a gig with a national act? Is it through
    contacts (networking)? answering ads? if so, in what magazines?
    contacting musical directors?

    Any advice on how to get a gig with a national act?

    Lonny
  2. networking, hearing about auditions. Not too many touring acts place ads in
    papers. Being in a bigger city like LA, NY and Nashville or Florida helps.
    But if you are good with the phone and email it can happen, but you need to
    be visible to these guys and they need to know what type of player AND
    person you are.
    "Lonny" <lonny@direcway.com> wrote in message
    news:9d032761.0308270424.6532f9dc@posting.google.com...
    > Here is a question that is a bit of a shotgun, but...
    >
    > How does a person get a gig with a national act? Is it through
    > contacts (networking)? answering ads? if so, in what magazines?
    > contacting musical directors?
    >
    > Any advice on how to get a gig with a national act?
    >
    > Lonny
  3. Lee K.

    Lee K. Guest

    Randal Walker said, "Being in a bigger city like LA, NY and Nashville
    or Florida helps."

    Yeah, about 7 years ago when I was thinking of moving out of NC
    to one of the biggier music cities, it was between Nashville and
    Florida but the commute around Florida was such a bitch, I choose
    Nashville instead. ;-)

    Seriously, you are correct in needing to live in either LA, NY,
    or Nashville and being available to play around town and build up a
    rep and contacts in order to find out and get called for auditions
    with national acts. While touring, there have been players in other
    parts of the country who say to me, "If you here of anything, give me
    a call." The fact of the matter is you have to live in a major music
    town to get your foot in the door.....kinda goes with the saying of
    "you must be present to win."

    Hope it helps.

    Lee
  4. Maybe this is true of the States, but remember that it's really not where
    you live at all, it's who you know and get along with. I live in a small
    farming community outside of Hamilton, Ontario, and I lived in Hamilton for
    most of the rest of my life. It's not a major center. I'm about 50 miles
    or so from Toronto, probably more. My gig came about through meeting the
    bandleader while doing a stint on cruise ships, and after finding we knew
    and played with alot of the same people we hit it off. Other people I know
    have gotten gigs through soundmen and producers that come through Hamilton
    to record or visit relatives and end up escaping family for a night at a
    local bar. Anything can happen anywhere.

    The bass player(Mark McIntyre) from my jazz band now plays bass for Remy
    Shand(sp?), who was nominated for 5 Grammy's last year and will be touring
    again sometime relatively soon Stateside. He got this gig when he was
    recommended to audition by a soundman who he had worked with previously and
    got along with well. Mark lives in Hamilton, and before that came from tiny
    Cambridge, Ontario. Remy is from somewhere in mid-west Canada I believe,
    Edmonton perhaps. Check out the untra cool name droppin' opp!

    I could tell a bunch of stories like this just to play devils advocate. I
    think it really is that you have to be informed as to what's going on, make
    friends with everyone possible you work with(light guys, soundguys,
    musicians), and keep them informed as to what you're doing, where you'll be,
    what you need etc. Email rocks, and so does the phone. As their careers
    elevate, you'll go with them and your circle widens. It's got to be a given
    that you can play, because for most bands it really comes down to "is it a
    good hang with this guy?". And you have to stay busy and work to be seen
    and heard, or everything comes to a grinding halt. You don't have to live
    in a major city to make a national scene happen, but it helps if you can
    play there sometimes.

    While I think of it, here's what I believe... it's better to live in a
    smaller community outside of a major center. Everything in life is cheaper
    for day to day living, but you will still get the majority of your work in
    that big city. If you pick the right place you may have a few semi-large
    centers to play nearby in the other directions too, ensuring more work an
    easy drive away. Everyone will see you play in the big city, they just
    won't see where you buy your milk. And they'll still call you just the
    same.

    I wonder if there's a "casting couch" for musicians!? That could help too I
    suppose, if you're good ;)

    Mike

    "Lee K." <leewkelley@comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:2c34df68.0308270920.5583d71d@posting.google.com...
    > Randal Walker said, "Being in a bigger city like LA, NY and Nashville
    > or Florida helps."
    >
    > Yeah, about 7 years ago when I was thinking of moving out of NC
    > to one of the biggier music cities, it was between Nashville and
    > Florida but the commute around Florida was such a bitch, I choose
    > Nashville instead. ;-)
    >
    > Seriously, you are correct in needing to live in either LA, NY,
    > or Nashville and being available to play around town and build up a
    > rep and contacts in order to find out and get called for auditions
    > with national acts. While touring, there have been players in other
    > parts of the country who say to me, "If you here of anything, give me
    > a call." The fact of the matter is you have to live in a major music
    > town to get your foot in the door.....kinda goes with the saying of
    > "you must be present to win."
    >
    > Hope it helps.
    >
    > Lee
  5. Oh yeah... be a 'hub' for musicians. Keep all your good contacts and their
    skills handy, even if it's carpenters and whatever. Let other musicians and
    such know that if they are looking for anyone for anything they can give you
    a call and you'll try to help them whether they need an upright player or a
    drummer. Properly assess their needs and give the right person to the guy
    for the job, and you'll get a good reputation. It can help you be in the
    loop of who's going where, to do what, and so on.
  6. Lee K.

    Lee K. Guest

    I do not discount at all that is also who you know and get along with, but
    since most national touring acts are based out of NY, LA and Nashville here,
    it really increases your chances for landing one of those gigs if you live
    in that town and interact with that musical community.

    Lee K.

    "Mike Rittenhouse" <zippofluid@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:j2h3b.1632$Pa1.99697@read1.cgocable.net...
    > Maybe this is true of the States, but remember that it's really not where
    > you live at all, it's who you know and get along with. I live in a small
    > farming community outside of Hamilton, Ontario, and I lived in Hamilton

    for
    > most of the rest of my life. It's not a major center. I'm about 50 miles
    > or so from Toronto, probably more. My gig came about through meeting the
    > bandleader while doing a stint on cruise ships, and after finding we knew
    > and played with alot of the same people we hit it off. Other people I

    know
    > have gotten gigs through soundmen and producers that come through Hamilton
    > to record or visit relatives and end up escaping family for a night at a
    > local bar. Anything can happen anywhere.
    >
    > The bass player(Mark McIntyre) from my jazz band now plays bass for Remy
    > Shand(sp?), who was nominated for 5 Grammy's last year and will be touring
    > again sometime relatively soon Stateside. He got this gig when he was
    > recommended to audition by a soundman who he had worked with previously

    and
    > got along with well. Mark lives in Hamilton, and before that came from

    tiny
    > Cambridge, Ontario. Remy is from somewhere in mid-west Canada I believe,
    > Edmonton perhaps. Check out the untra cool name droppin' opp!
    >
    > I could tell a bunch of stories like this just to play devils advocate. I
    > think it really is that you have to be informed as to what's going on,

    make
    > friends with everyone possible you work with(light guys, soundguys,
    > musicians), and keep them informed as to what you're doing, where you'll

    be,
    > what you need etc. Email rocks, and so does the phone. As their careers
    > elevate, you'll go with them and your circle widens. It's got to be a

    given
    > that you can play, because for most bands it really comes down to "is it a
    > good hang with this guy?". And you have to stay busy and work to be seen
    > and heard, or everything comes to a grinding halt. You don't have to live
    > in a major city to make a national scene happen, but it helps if you can
    > play there sometimes.
    >
    > While I think of it, here's what I believe... it's better to live in a
    > smaller community outside of a major center. Everything in life is

    cheaper
    > for day to day living, but you will still get the majority of your work in
    > that big city. If you pick the right place you may have a few semi-large
    > centers to play nearby in the other directions too, ensuring more work an
    > easy drive away. Everyone will see you play in the big city, they just
    > won't see where you buy your milk. And they'll still call you just the
    > same.
    >
    > I wonder if there's a "casting couch" for musicians!? That could help too

    I
    > suppose, if you're good ;)
    >
    > Mike
    >
    > "Lee K." <leewkelley@comcast.net> wrote in message
    > news:2c34df68.0308270920.5583d71d@posting.google.com...
    > > Randal Walker said, "Being in a bigger city like LA, NY and Nashville
    > > or Florida helps."
    > >
    > > Yeah, about 7 years ago when I was thinking of moving out of NC
    > > to one of the biggier music cities, it was between Nashville and
    > > Florida but the commute around Florida was such a bitch, I choose
    > > Nashville instead. ;-)
    > >
    > > Seriously, you are correct in needing to live in either LA, NY,
    > > or Nashville and being available to play around town and build up a
    > > rep and contacts in order to find out and get called for auditions
    > > with national acts. While touring, there have been players in other
    > > parts of the country who say to me, "If you here of anything, give me
    > > a call." The fact of the matter is you have to live in a major music
    > > town to get your foot in the door.....kinda goes with the saying of
    > > "you must be present to win."
    > >
    > > Hope it helps.
    > >
    > > Lee

    >
    >

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