Agreed. The amount of riff-raff and scumbags you have to deal with when you post an ad can by dizzying. Thankfully over time you build up enough contacts in your network that you don't have to do the ad thing anymore.Answer. I'm putting a band together right now - sent out an invite to audition to 18 guitarist (each of whom had responded to my ad asking to audition). Two said no (that's ok - they weren't into the songs we were using for the audition, good filter), two signed up and the rest never responded again. One of the two who showed up worked out, so I ran a second ad for a singer and one of the guys who responded to the first ad and then disappeared responded AGAIN, "apologized" for blowing me off the first time and asked to come in to audition.
Musicians are flaky and annoying people. If you respond, you only have to deal with one. If you run an ad, you have to deal with a lot of them.
This is 100% true.you are likely to get a more serious reply from someone looking to join an already put together band than you are if you say you're starting from scratch
I've been on auditions for both and the "band looking for a guitarist" has always worked out better than the "putting together a band, looking for drummer, bass, singer" ads. The latter usually lacks focus and often changes musical direction a few times, plus you get a lot of dreamers. Established bands have their style and material together...........usually, and you can decide if it's worth auditioning based on the song list. You also hafta get along with these folks, don't forget that part.
Oh, wait.Thanx for the info. I find that if I am looking for a band, I will place a guitarist/bassist available ad and if my band is looking for someone, I will usually answer an ad first. There should be a form to fill out that includes all necessary details as most ad's don't give enough info
If you're just looking to get on someone else's train, better to answer an ad. I've put together a bunch of bands over the years, and I'm always scanning the local ads, and I can't recall contacting a "Sideman Available" ad--it was always people answering my "Band Seeks..." ad. In general, the good musicians are already gigging and join projects via word of mouth.When looking to join a band, is it better to put an ad out or to answer an ad?