Friday, 24 October 2008

First UK music "industry" experience. Haha laughworthy

Okay so since I've moved to London I hadn''t really done anything music related apart from going to odd show (I saw Die!Die!Die! the first night I arrived - they were amazing) until today. I don't have my drumkit with me, so I haven't been able to play, and anyways I've been so busy getting set up that I've barely thought about it.

Me and Matt at Die!Die!Die!

So it appears that due to a few unfortunate logistical problems back home, neither Chris nor Logan will over in the UK till next year. So I figured I'd try and play drums with a few different bands and stuff, in an effort to keep my chops up, and meet some musicians. See over here it's difficult to practice a drum kit, unless you teach the kit, or have a good job, because space is at such a premium - preventing me right now from having a kit at home, and rehearsal studios are expensive (around 5-10 pounds per hour).

So this brings me to my first experience with auditioning for an artist over here. Crystal Whatsername (not posting her real name yet because it's a new city and I don't want to loose my thumbs - though if you want a link to her music just message me and I'll gladly give it to you) advertised needing a drummer on the ukmusicjobs website. I sent her a message, and a rehearsal was jacked up for today, at 3pm near Westbourne Park.

Before the audition, I downloaded the two tracks off her myspace which she wanted to learn. I was pretty put off by the cringeworthy lyrics, and the tasteless rhythm section arrangements, but thought "fuck it, I might as well get used to auditioning with people I don't really want to play with first." I organised a drum practice room in Shepherd's Bush, and took the underground. On the tube I worked out the song arrangements, ready for me to rehearse at the studio.

So at 2:55 when I finally found my way to the place where my audition was meant to happen, I got a text saying, "Sorry we gave you the wrong address."
"Thanks," I grumbled to myself. Anyway I legged it to the new location, Westbourne Rehearsal Studios in Bayswater, and met the Crystal and her bassist, who I've forgotten the name of.

First impressions weren't good when Chrystal introduced herself, asked where I was from, and then mentioned that she new Eric Watson. "Cool," I cringed. At this point the bassist started ranting about how he was friends with the guys from Killing Joke. I tried not to listen.
"Why don't you two jam for a bit," she encouraged, and her boy the bassist (who was sporting a Gibson Firebird - perhaps not the best bass for an acoustic singer/songwriter project) started trashing around playing a bunch of heavy basslines which I attempted to play along with. This guy really overplays, and is pretty bloody loose. I fucking hate loose bass players - I've only ever played with decent tight players for so long now it was a real shock to have to play with this plonker who thought he was the shit, but was really pretty bad.

Where the whole hilarious affair occurred

Anyway after we "jammed" Crystal joined us and we played the two songs she wanted me to play. Afterwards while I was being invited to come back for a second audition I was doing my best holding myself together by looking at the floor, and avoiding eye contact with Crystal, and plonker. I quickly left, thinking "fuck this."

London lesson #1: Don't bother audition for anything that you've not listened to at least 3 times.

3 comments:

  1. Hell yeah! Stu I feel ya... having a similar time in Vancouver.

    - Gareth (Bedford)

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  2. Stu
    you made it in the country.
    Good news

    Love you blog, looking forward to seeing the tweeks live in london when you re-form i the new year. ..

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  3. Haaahahaha. God, I wish you had a reality tv show where I could watch that.

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