Ok, so are we doing this as a contest?
Same as dating. ThE ones you like don't like you and the you don't like.....
Now make that a factorial of the number of members.
Now put that in a place with only 20 musicians.
If you keep doing what you've done you'll keep getting what you got.
Save some time. Don't be picky. I was just like you so I didnt really get in a band until 45 because of waiting for something perfect. Then it,still wasnt.
Perfect is the enemy of the good enough. It took me 6 months to replace a singer for a run of the mill fun classic rock cover band and I live in San diego.
2 things. You need to play anything with anybody. I mean any style, any instrument. Harp, congas, and learn to sing.
Also move. But first jam and get to church.
One of the more important points they make in that interview is to move to a music centre/scene.Good grief.
See the Tim and Pete video linked a few posts back. That's the way to do it in 2016. Make some great videos and get them out there, market your ass hard on solcial media, if you're as good as you claim you could start something right from where you live now. If you're a talent and do things right, people will come to you.
Yeah that's very true, but if you're good you can build a solid foundation from home too, it's a startOne of the more important points they make in that interview is to move to a music centre/scene.
Social media can only take you so far, if you live in the boonies. Are you listening, Steve Terreberry ?
I wouldn't be caught dead with an indie (hipster) rock band, I wouldn't touch a GEM with a 10 foot pole, and I hate sweep picking.Unpopular answer here but in this day and age having advanced technique like sweep picking will get you absolutely no where, in fact for your age group this is a major hit against you unless you're going for metal. If you show up to rehearse for some indie rock band sporting an Ibanez Gem you'll be shown the door. So, develop your writing skills and be honest with the genre you're most interested in. Then move.