Have you ever actually found anyone good through craigslist or other ads?

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Seems like such a crapshoot - just wondering if most of y'all find collaborators through ads or more through friends. The only people I've ever really enjoyed playing with have been friends/friends of friends/people I saw live before playing with them.

Hurting 2, Sunday, 25 March 2007 18:54 (twelve years ago) link

I found a good drummer through craigslist, but he quit before too long - I think it was mostly a personality differences thing. I've also found lots of people who totally wasted my time on craigslist. So overall my experience is about the same as yours, but I still think it's worth a shot - I just try to be really clear and say stuff that will discourage lame responses.

St3ve Go1db3rg, Sunday, 25 March 2007 20:07 (twelve years ago) link

We found our drummer of three years and good buddy through Craigslist. Guess we got pretty lucky, only had to deal with a couple of weirdos before finding someone good.

n/a, Monday, 26 March 2007 20:43 (twelve years ago) link

Our drummer put up an ad in Selectadisc saying he wanted to find a band to do complicated mathematical equations with. We thought he'd be some po-faced mathrock dude, but he turned out to be, well, someone who just did want to do complex mathematical equations and apply them to drum technique. He's odd. We like him.

emil.y, Friday, 30 March 2007 13:53 (twelve years ago) link

I occasionally look for acts or singers on there who I might want to produce. Those whose music I've heard are actually much much further from relevant than random people I've heard on myspace from my area. Cover band posts seem fairly professional but original stuff is just difficult to endure most of the time. Of course I'm also referring to those self described as 'serious', looking for commercial success.I guess what is frustrating is seeing people so deluded.

pwndeaf, Saturday, 31 March 2007 00:19 (twelve years ago) link

My bassist I got from a CL blue lite special.

libcrypt, Saturday, 31 March 2007 04:09 (twelve years ago) link

i met my band through an ad at a record store.

they ended up being people i shared some friends with, but mpls music scene is a small world.

M@tt He1ges0n, Wednesday, 11 April 2007 21:54 (twelve years ago) link

two weeks pass...
our whole band came together through cl; very serendipitously

outdoor_miner, Thursday, 26 April 2007 17:17 (twelve years ago) link

I just found a new drummer through craigslist. He seems pretty cool.

St3ve Go1db3rg, Sunday, 6 May 2007 19:29 (twelve years ago) link

has anyone in NY area ever jammed with this guy? He posts on cl about every other day, and has been for a long time. his ads just keep getting better.


Johnny Hotcox, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 01:53 (twelve years ago) link

Like Outdoor, the band I'm in fell together through CL. So far so good

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 22:37 (twelve years ago) link

Before I clicked the link, I thought it was going to be Zebra. That dude auditioned for almost every band I've ever been in, or ever even heard of, in NYC.

Masonic Boom, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 09:13 (twelve years ago) link

my posts for a female keyboardist resulted in three guys, two of whom play guitar; one girl who played guitar; and a girl who did play keyboards, but she was 15.

akm, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 16:17 (twelve years ago) link

Holy crap, there's a "school" offering Reason 3.0 lessons for $400 bucks!

Jubalique die Zitronen, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 18:47 (twelve years ago) link

We got a total nutjob through Craigslist who auditioned for us as a drummer. He seemed totally normal at first, but when he came by to play music the second time, it was obvious that there was something seriously wrong with the dude. After we finished playing, he wouldn't leave. My roommate and I would try over and over to subtly give him the hint that we had to get up early the next day, etc., etc., but no dice. He just paced around the house talking to himself and drinking all our beer. After we somehow got him out of the house, he began calling us daily, leaving messages and asking when we were getting together again. It was around this point that I went down to get his snare drum that he left behind to return to him. He had written bizarre, scripture-like rants in concentric circles all over the skin of the snare. Guy was super-creepy.

Moral of the story - meet other musicians at gigs and talk to other bands on the bill. Fuck Craigslist.

darin, Thursday, 17 May 2007 19:35 (twelve years ago) link

Well that is a comforting story to read after putting out an ad for a drummer on Craigslist.

HI DERE, Friday, 18 May 2007 00:49 (twelve years ago) link

Well, if the applicant is a shifty-eyed dude named Trent, RUN AWAY.

darin, Friday, 18 May 2007 07:12 (twelve years ago) link

six years pass...

i just responded to a craigslist ad, here's hoping this person is not the wrong kind of freak. the posting was very well organized and concise and seemed to be the same stuff i was interested in doing, so i responded. my new strategy is to try everything until i find something that works. i never know if i'm aiming above my station, but when i look at the other ads on there it's like suburban old dudes who want to jam classic rock or young morons, who i do not have the time for.

also found this, which should go on a lol/sob craigslist thread for the cat picture and general state of music education http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/muc/4418923953.html

Mayor Manuel (La Lechera), Saturday, 26 April 2014 14:36 (five years ago) link

We found our drummer for the past three years via Craig's list. Of course our boozer not yet ex-drummer figured out it was us and he had a big tantrum leaving drunken nasty cell phone messages on my guitarists home phone and cell and it getting pretty middle school "I'm going to kick that guy's ass". In hindsight, it was both pretty funny and pathetic. I packed up the guys drums and took him to his house as the other member was going to clobber him if he saw him again.

earlnash, Monday, 28 April 2014 00:14 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

that amounted to nothing btw

i'm thinking of posting an ad, but it sure would be nice to have at least one friend along. it feels so unusual to publicly solicit the company of strangers.

La Lechera, Tuesday, 8 July 2014 14:30 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

july 8 again, weird!

i'm still not totally into this, but i wrote another one (my first one yielded 0 replies)

questions --
1) is it necessary to put a link to my stuff in the ad? if yes, ignore the following q
2) is it rude to ask that someone send me their real name and a link to their stuff before i show mine? (my guess is "kind of" but i might be willing to risk that in order to protect myself)
3) should i list some artists i like in the ad or wait to hear from someone first? (i prefer to use descriptors rather than references but i'm willing to go with the flow here)

i don't know the etiquette at all and few things beyond basic safety precautions are 'common sense'
any other tips for not attracting ppl with ulterior motives and/or other basic incompatibilities?

La Lechera, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 13:59 (four years ago) link

weird that this thread pops up. I just started thinking about putting an ad out somewhere to find like-minded musical individuals interested in fucking around once or twice a week or something. I'm nervous as crap though due to social anxiety issues and not having played with anyone in nearly 20 years.

And then I also have a deep-seated distrust of craigslist. Is that what people usually use or are some of the more dedicated musician classified sites worth a go? Looking at initial google results, there are a few dozen of them. Are any particularly good? Fuck, it's the 2010s: should I be using an APP of some sort?

how's life, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 14:16 (four years ago) link

there is no app afaik
i've been advised (after asking explicitly how to find ppl) to "talk to people at shows, find people to jam with" and i did that once but i am encountering some dead air and i wanted to see if maybe i could just ask for what i'm looking for and then poof, that person would materialize

most likely no one will answer and the anxiety will dissapate
worst case scenario i get a weirdo on my case and that is what i am trying to avoid

La Lechera, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 14:19 (four years ago) link

you should not worry about not playing for xx years
i've only been playing for 2 years and i'm willing to put myself out there

La Lechera, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 14:20 (four years ago) link

I haven't been to a show since 2006, much less talked to someone at one. I do understand that it's mostly just a matter of putting yourself out there, at least in terms of finding people to jam with/work up some covers or whatever. I've been busy with family and shit. I haven't had a lot of time that I can call mine. I still don't! But I really want to try to carve it out. I'm so bored only playing with myself.

how's life, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 14:34 (four years ago) link

Yeah don't sweat it -- everyone is in the same boat! Your situation is not unusual. That's why moving past the anxiety and into action is the only solution.

Unless you don't want to do it that badly, and in that case spare yourself the worrying about it :)

La Lechera, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 14:44 (four years ago) link

I do want to. I have to. I think it's a survival thing. The grim alternative is rollerbrushing myself in shades of beige and becoming quietly subsumed by my office.

how's life, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 14:50 (four years ago) link

That's the spirit

La Lechera, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 14:50 (four years ago) link

I wouldn't say it's necessary to link to your own stuff in the ad, but it might help.
I might think it was a little weird if someone required me to send my real name and my own music before I got to hear anything they're doing, especially if they're the ones looking for collaborators. However, it'll probably happen this way even if you don't require it. Probably what'll happen is you'll put up the ad, and when people respond they usually include their first name at least and by default link to some stuff they've already done. That seems to be the standard.
Listing artists can be helpful if it can allow you to more specifically describe what you're interested in doing - it can also serve as a gatekeeper, which can be good if you like want to play psychedelic rock but don't want to do Grateful Dead jams.

Immediate Follower (NA), Wednesday, 8 July 2015 15:26 (four years ago) link

I feel like Craigslist/dedicated music ads depends on what you're looking for. Responses from dedicated music ads are probably going to be more muso/careerist types, so Craigslist might be better if you're looking for a more casual thing.

Immediate Follower (NA), Wednesday, 8 July 2015 15:28 (four years ago) link

Good tips, thx !! What's a dedicated music ad?

I'm just trying to be careful about my identity but I'll put anything useful out there if it helps me find a compatible person/people.

La Lechera, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 15:35 (four years ago) link

And then I also have a deep-seated distrust of craigslist. Is that what people usually use or are some of the more dedicated musician classified sites worth a go? Looking at initial google results, there are a few dozen of them. Are any particularly good? Fuck, it's the 2010s: should I be using an APP of some sort?

― how's life, Wednesday, July 8, 2015 9:16 AM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I was referring to this. I'm guessing he's referring to something more specifically focused on finding band mates than Craigslist.

Immediate Follower (NA), Wednesday, 8 July 2015 15:37 (four years ago) link

oh ok
i thought that was a specific thing you were referring to, a "dedicated music ad" haha
99% of the ads in chicago craigslist are so abysmal that i'm hoping mine stands out to someone who reads them like i do but also never finds anything suitable for their needs

La Lechera, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 15:37 (four years ago) link

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