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- Nov 22, 2014
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- Los Angeles, CA
I was referring to starting a new band, not hiring players for an existing money-making band (do those even exist much anymore?). I wasn't referring to amateurs, rather musicians willing to do the work to get something great off the ground. When there's money involved, you're obviously in a position to pick from the cream of the crop. But I've even come across players with decades of playing/touring experience, graduates of great schools, and they still can't cut the mustard. As far as those "monsters" of YouTube, that isn't music. As Elvin used to say "If chops are so important, how come everyone's got 'em?"Most professional jobs are filled by word of mouth, personal recommendation. As I say, it's never been tougher, with more high quality musicians unemployed or under employed. Solo artists just get their musical director to put the word out, so you get no dreamers or time wasters any more.
Regarding established bands, if a member leaves, they either already know a perfect replacement, or one of the band has someone already in mind to recommend.
How many of them have you seen still working as a musician 12 months after graduating? I'm sure many of them end up applying for their Real Estate licenses or starting landscaping businesses. Others probably end up playing on a cruise ship or with Cirque de Soleil.Have you seen any of the Berklee College annual concerts or open days on Youtube? Incredible.