15 THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM CRAIGSLIST

I’ve spent the better part of the past two years cruising the ‘musicians’ section of craigslist trying to find a good band to join, which is kinda like trying to find a wife in the red light district. I spent another few months prior to that trying to find a replacement drummer and second guitarist for my former band, and the variety of characters I’ve met as a result is astounding. While craigslist’s reputation for attracting America’s Finest is certainly well-known, you really don’t get the full picture until you’ve been in the trenches for a good bit of time. So here’s a few things I’ve learned along the way:

  1. If you post an ad yourself, wherein you make it abundantly clear that you’re not looking to join a metal band, expect multiple replies from metal bands.
  2. If you clearly specify that you’re only looking to join an established band, expect many replies from people thinking about putting a band together.
  3. If you post an ad where you politely ask all interested musicians/bands to provide a link to a website, or some type of audio sample of their stuff when they reply, expect multiple replies without any of that.
  4. If a guitarist replies to your band ad without any samples of his playing and you decide to audition him on good faith because he seems like a funny and decent guy, he will turn out to be an awful guitar player.
  5. 75% of bands post ads looking for members without including the band name or any type of link or sample of their work. This means you must engage in an e-mail correspondence with them before finding out they blow ass.
  6. THERE’S STILL PLENTY OF PEOPLE WHO POST LENGTHY ADS IN ALL CAPS, THAT WILL SURELY MAKE YOUR EYES TWITCH BEFORE YOU EVEN GET HALFWAY THROUGH THEIR CLUSTERFUCK OF SHITTY SHIT.
  7. There’s plenty of people looking for rythm, rhithem, rithem, rhythem, or rhythim guitarists.
  8. There’s even the occasional person looking for a “base” player.
  9. Many people are influenced by the band “Led Zepplin”, and on rare occasions, “Deaf Leopard”.
  10. Every so often there’s a post from someone looking to join a band, even though they don’t own an amp or in some cases, any instruments at all.
  11. People will post only looking for serious, experienced and exceptional musicians, while also stating that they’re doing this “just for fun” and only looking to play maybe once per month.
  12. At least one person out there is looking to form a Paramore tribute band.
  13. At least one person out there is looking to form a Harry Potter tribute band.
  14. There will always be someone willing to start an AC/DC tribute band.
  15. There are still people looking to form nu-metal bands.

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2 Responses to “15 THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM CRAIGSLIST”

  1. Hey now! We found each other on Craigslist and it worked out okay.

    But I totally know what you mean.

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