Are bands a dying breed?

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  1. jaded_musician

    jaded_musician Supporting Member

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    Since I started playing out in bands again a few years ago, I noticed almost every band I see are older musicians. I'm 50 years old myself and our audiences are probably the same people who were my age and into music when we were in our 20's. Most people in live music oriented bars are middle aged, not exclusively, but most.

    Maybe it's always been this way, and you notice the people your own age and find places to play for your type of crowd. The Internet has given us so many ways to take our available leisure time, and live music seems to be one of it's victims.

    There seems to be so few places for new bands to get out and perform and do their thing. There doesn't seem to be many behind us to come and take our place.
     
  2. ClassicLP

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    Start ups are the new "bands" where regular people can pursue a dream of fortune and glory.
     
  3. tiktok

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    I suspect that the folks who are really interested in starting bands end up in "music towns", where there's a half-dozen or more clubs that cater to non-cover bands. Those places are still full of twenty and thirty-somethings three to a bill, four or five nights a week.

    Overall, the interest in local live music has been dwindling for decades now.
     
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    There are plenty. They are just not coming to take your place. They're doing their own thing and making their own music and it in large part it's not stuff conducive to selling lite beer and Quick Draw.
     
  5. mattball826

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    bands with 40-50 yr old players are also bands that have 40-50 yr old audiences. they still long for the 70's and 80's. nostalgia sells.

    of that, these are people that have grown up kids, and can go to bars where they drink and order food. unlike younger bands and their friends who show up in droves at times, but order water or have 25 yr old friends doing their new family thing and not going out near as much as others without new families.

    idk, think back to younger years. how many young cover bands were there? most of my friends and i were in orig bands, and cover bands were either lounge bands, or guys in their late 20's early 30's that failed the orig scene and thus went to covers.

    there are a lot of bands here reliving their 20's in their 50's playing in glam band and metal tributes galore. no room for young guys and their lack of followings.
     
  6. Jon Silberman

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    If we could find a good new way to combine music, gaming, and porn, we'd be golden.
     
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    Musicians are painfully slow to adapt sometimes. Live music is still alive and well if you can adapt to your local music scene. Rock bands are dying around here but other styles are doing well. Also, acoustic stuff does well too.
     
  8. to_be_released

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    I have plenty of friends in their mid to late 20s/early 30s who are in bands that gig. There's probably bands with younger members doing gigs, but I don't know them because my friends aren't in them.

    Given that most band crowds I see are friends of band members, I think that most people will mostly only see bands with people about their age.
     
  9. Turi

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    100% yes bands are a dying breed, at least in my area.
    Almost completely replaced by solo or duo acoustic people here.
    Boring as heck and makes me not want to go out.

    They all sound the same too. All the female ones are putting on the same ******** whisper-voice Mariah Carey uses all the time. Every song.
    Even when the song is supposed to be like a balls out rock song, they do like the lamest whisper-voice cover of all time. Pisses me off.

    Also all the dudes sound the same too. ****, they even LOOK the same.
    All got dodgy tattoos that don't mean a damn thing, with a beard.

    These people are easier for a venue to hire - what, one guy with a small PA (or not even that, just an acoustic amp with dual inputs) for $300?
    Or a 3 or 4 piece band that's just going to attract noise complaints, for $800?

    Either way. The punters that would stay, will stay. The ones that would leave, will leave.

    Makes more sense to pay less cash. :/
     
  10. to_be_released

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    Your mention of venues paying bands even $300 to play a gig has just made me realise that this thread might be about covers bands rather than original bands. In my experience, an originals band is lucky if they don't have to pay the venue for the privilege of playing there. That's why there's always a door charge - to cover what the band has to pay the bar (and hopefully make some profit).

    I was referring to originals bands in my post, in large part because seeing a cover band holds little to no interest for me.

    OP - are you talking about bands playing originals or covers?
     
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    Yes, they are. There are no bands left. They're all gone......it's sad.....
     
  12. Turi

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    Originals bands are non existent in my area.

    Completely dead scene for original music.

    You're right - the band has to pay the venues to let them perform here, for original stuff.

    The cover bands might throw in one or two originals a gig though.

    My scene is different to the USA though.
    Even an originals band would need to play for 4-5 hours to get a gig.

    ..and who the heck wants to hear 4-5 hours of original music?
    Not the punters, that's for sure.
     
  13. conanb

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    Amen.
     
  14. Funky54

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    You must live where I do. Central Florida.
     
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    Judging by some of the threads on TGP,the only bands going the way of the Dodo,are the bands that actually play their instruments without backing tracks making them sound huge,and sing without a computer to correct the dodgy notes.
     
  16. GuitarGuy66

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    I do sound all the time for kids in bands, in their 20's, and the odd open mic. The kids prefer originals. One kid said to me "if I'm going out to see a band, I want to see what THEY can do, what songs THEY wrote. If they play covers all night, I might as well stay home and watch MTV.

    The kids are alright




    Open mics

     
  17. Turi

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    Thanks for giving the kids a chance to play some originals with your open mics.

    Regional QLD..
     
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    We have a popular club that does originals on Friday nights and covers on Saturday night... Works well. We also have another local brew pub that wants primarily originals all night (3 hours worth!).
    2 other rough and tumble (but cool) bars all original.
    And this is Wilmington, DE not NYC.
    Philly probably has tons of places for originals.
    I don't believe for a second live music is dying out.
    I'll be 45 this year, I'm in IT and I'm basically your idealized TGP Dr./Lawyer salaried guy.... I actually make exactly $2500/week (before bonus) LOL! And even I have more offers on the table to gig (covers) than I can take.

    My takeaway from many of these threads is most "musicians" don't know how to (or have the desire/energy) to hustle.
     
  19. Chrome Dinette

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    I all depends on what your doing.

    I am "old"(46). One of the guys in my band is 24. We played last night and there were folks from 21 up to their 50's there.

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    Now, that crowd was not all there on a weeknight just to see us, but we were well matched with a couple of touring bands.
     
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    Do the originals bands get paid?
     

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