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Post Wed Aug 20, 2008 8:49 pm

after 4 years of being with my band i finally called it quits. ill be playin my last show with them sept 27th. sucks, but it was my own choice. they're into the whole "pay to play" thing, not my cup of tea. i would also love to venture outside of the genre of "metal" and they just didn't do it for me. i like to challenge myself as a musician, thier idea of practice was to practice our setlist and call it a night. i want to experiment and write music and learn more. im just glad it could end on good terms...
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Post Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:09 pm

hey man im going thru the same thing as you.
i called it quits with all the people that wanted me to play metal with them. i realized i need something different and i found it. i want to do an expiremental duo with a friend. we're going to play electro and while he's mixing, ill be playing the beats with the drums and when i mix he'll play his guitar. :mrgreen:
so yea i realized at the end that metal really doesnt suit me and just seems like a high school thing :?
hey bro good luck in whatever your looking for :D
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Post Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:17 pm

Hate to hear it Bro. Be patient. The right things will happen. You have a great talent. Keep the chops up! P.O.Y!
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Post Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:20 pm

tapeworm97 wrote:hey man im going thru the same thing as you.
i called it quits with all the people that wanted me to play metal with them. i realized i need something different and i found it. i want to do an expiremental duo with a friend. we're going to play electro and while he's mixing, ill be playing the beats with the drums and when i mix he'll play his guitar. :mrgreen:
so yea i realized at the end that metal really doesnt suit me and just seems like a high school thing :?
hey bro good luck in whatever your looking for :D


haha that sounds pretty sweet! theres a group around here called DJ vs drummer who does something like that, they play at a venue between bands, its pretty cool
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Post Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:22 pm

stump wrote:Hate to hear it Bro. Be patient. The right things will happen. You have a great talent. Keep the chops up! P.O.Y!


thanks man :)
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Post Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:16 pm

...and life goes on, I think you made the right choice, especially if your going to pursue music seriously. Besides you can always sit in if they need you to, your familiar with the stuff. So often the "band" thing becomes such relationship commitment that we get trapped by what we do . Some times in order to stay diverse, we need to do more than one thing or have more than one project to satisfy our own appetites...which there is nothing wrong with. The hard part is getting people/other musicians to get past the "loyalty" hang up and start seeing things from an individual needs perspective or more like a business.
I would rather be a part of a "project" (that is how I am terming things these days, "Band" seems so restricting) that is made up of phenominal players whose reputations derive from several other projects that way once someone gets wind that you have a project built of "Heavy Hitters" the reputation of the players works for the good of the project. The project doesn't have to be long standing ,binding , or a life long commitment. Just enough to put a feather in your cap and another chapter in your resume...and if it takes off , then hey it is that much better.

I'm with you man, why be restricted.
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Post Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:53 pm

I stopped playing metal...to play pop/rock. It was surprisingly challenging.
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Post Wed Aug 20, 2008 11:02 pm

SGarrett wrote:I stopped playing metal...to play pop/rock. It was surprisingly challenging.


really? why?

to me i would imagine metal being more challenging than pop/punk
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Post Wed Aug 20, 2008 11:09 pm

Well, I'd been playing metal, hard rock, and/or punk for about 15 year by that point. The kind of things you do in those genres don't work very well in pop/rock, indie, singer/songwriter, adult contemporary, etc. and the playing volume usually has to come down quite a bit. There's also a really big emphasis on "feel" and "groove" over technical playing and chops...not that all of what's played is easy, not at all. It's just more important to lay down a solid 2 & 4 without getting in the way of everyone else and the vocals. I am, of course, speaking generally. :)
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Post Wed Aug 20, 2008 11:18 pm

oh wow 15 years, then i def. understand

ur muscles were so used to playing loud and stuff, it was kind of hard to make the transition to playing soft and stuff like that
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Post Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:33 am

GRRRRRRRR!!! AHHHHHHHH!!!

PAY TO PLAY! :x :evil:
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Post Thu Aug 21, 2008 1:17 am

I think you've made the right choice man, i got really bored of my metalcore setup, the beats were seriously boring me cause there's really only so much you can do. Plus I was learning more complicated things at home and wasnt getting the chance to use them in music!
So I joined a noise/mathcore setup instead, and now have the freedom of using and exploring different methods and time signatures, something that actually gets you thinking!
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Post Thu Aug 21, 2008 5:13 am

Pay to play in B-more? I thought that was more of a left coast thing? Hmm. Well good luck to ya David, you can't succeed without taking risks and looking for what you want.
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Post Thu Aug 21, 2008 5:25 am

Brother_Bong wrote:Pay to play in B-more? I thought that was more of a left coast thing? Hmm. Well good luck to ya David, you can't succeed without taking risks and looking for what you want.
Rock on dude.


Nah man, from experience, every venue here is pretty much pay to play. Not truly but they require ticket presales, if you don't sell X amount of tickets then you then owe the venue money and have to pony it up or you dont play. Really really sucks.
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Post Thu Aug 21, 2008 5:58 am

That really sucks Clay. I guess I didn't realize it had come to that, I haven't been to a show in MD in 20 years. So you must have to do alot more street-teaming and flyer posting huh? Most of the places here are flat pay and some give a cut of the bar.
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