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Do bands hire people based on their instrumental skills or musical skill?

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Answer #1 | 06/01 2014 19:01
I was a drummer and as I got older it became more about looks. Today hardly anyone wants an older guy drumming. It is sad. And most of the music today is not that good. I just had a talk today about this. Older bands need to make a comeback or up and coming bands need to bring back the 80's rock.
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Answer #2 | 07/01 2014 08:58
I've heard of bands hiring someone because they liked his shirt - there's no exact science to it.
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Answer #3 | 05/01 2014 12:12
Bands are normally close knit and not looking for other people to be in the band. The question of the writer or the player depends on exactly what they need the most.
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Answer #4 | 07/01 2014 08:19
That depends on whether you are looking for a guitarist or a song writer. They are two totally different things. One has nothing to do with the other.
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Answer #5 | 05/01 2014 14:00
Depends on what they need. Bands "hire" people to fill holes in the band. A fair number of bands have what some people would consider unofficial members, who do nothing else but write for the band. For instance, Robert Hunter or John Barlow never toured with the Grateful Dead, but wrote a lot of their lyrics, working in collaboration with band members. So if the band needs a star guitar player and the guy who runs the band (someone always thinks of it as his band) isn't threatened by this, they hire the guitar player. If the problem is they need some real material, because all they are is a cover band, then they hire the writer.
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