Micawber wrote:Totally agree, wish there were more real musicians rather than the I think I have a lot of musical knowledge but have never played a gig in my life brigade.
Music is about sound yet these people love to let their lips flap and write posts that turn out to be as long as a novel passing on all the knowledge they think they have gained by watching real musicians but they are telling us nothing really because they dont back up their words with a bit of audio on their own profile.
In my opinion no audio = no qualification to be here
You sure nailed that one on the head. And what's worse, this is not a phenomenon isolated to BandMix. I see the same thing on other musicians forums, local or international. Sometimes it gets to the point of hilarious....last week a singer contacted me about hooking up, saying she had been to my site and was interested in learning more because she was in the market to perform. I asked her if she had any audio of her singing I could audition, and she suddenly got strangely evasive. She began asking more and more questions about my material, where I see this going etc, and I asked her several times how I could hear her sing. "Do you have a MySpace?" "No." "How about an mp3 or two anywhere else online?" "No" "Can I come somewhere locally and hear you sing?" "I'm not performing anywhere." JEEEBUS......I finally just gave up and stopped answering her emails. What a waste of time.
The more I examine this, the more I think you can whittle it down to deep desires becoming delusional. It's almost a Cartesian thing - "I really really really want to be a musician, therefore I am" The problem is, this is not like a chat channel where you can say that you are a top rung tennis player and no one really knows differently to call you on it; music ability can be demonstrated online - the proof in the pudding, as it were - and this poses a real problem to the poser. What they usually end up doing is dismissing requests to hear their music with excuses ranging from lack of equipment to lack of money (silly as that is since you can post your music on hundreds of sites now for free) and then write lengthy postings about it all.
Well that was longer than I intended but I get real fed up with this, so maybe I had to vent. Grrr.