Below is the standard letter I am sending any bass aspirants. It's full-on but describes what we're looking for and what we're NOT looking for!
Ideally, we need a bass player who can sing both high and low parts (obviously not at once!) however our situation is getting dire as we have plenty of high-profile bookings and NO bass player definitely booked.
We do three different shows - the most popular one is "The Fabulous Sounds Of The Sixties Show". It's an 11 person show plus production.
We play venues like Kedron-Wavell Services Club, Twin Towns Services Club (biggest clubs in this part of the world) & Treasury Casino (residency).
It is doing well, having picked up the award for Best Production Show for three years in a row at the Samsung Entertainer Of The Year Awards for Clubs in Sth Qld.
The same group do an alternate show comprising of '50s, '60s, '70s material plus originals. We are also bringing in some contemporary material. Some of the material is the same as the Fab Sixties Show.
The nucleus of this act is my own four-piece band which performs independently of the show as well. Again, alot of the material is the same as before. We also do originals.
The bass player is an integral member of all shows.
We are looking for an excellent player who can replicate the sounds of the original records (you must be able to use a pick) and who can definitely sing high ala Paul McCartney, Phil Everly & Brian Wilson. A vocal range from bottom E to a high C (full voice - that's over two and a half octaves) and then into falsetto would be wonderful. He is my vocal partner.
Currently, we have three guys who fit that bill but they all have jobs that impinge on their time. We are looking for either someone else we can add to the mix or, better still, can commit to the group. We currently perform about twice a week (this should be more with a committed player!)
We have had some guys who have been interested lately but upon seeing the show I've had comments like: "This show is every bit as good as you said it is. You need a guy who's a cross between Paul McCartney and Larry Graham. I'm not that good".
Image is also a crucial part of the Sixties Show. A well-presented guy under 30 is preferred. YOU MUST HAVE HAIR! The image is young people doing music from 40 years ago. We all look like we just stepped out of 1965 so the shaven head, earrings, piercings and tattooed brigade need not apply!
We would look at an older guy (must have own teeth and hair!)
We treat it as a business. Hence we have an alcohol-free, drug-free policy in the show.
We are a happy group of mainly young performers. Egos are left at the door upon arriving. Attitudes don't make it to the door.
We are looking at recording and taking this as far as it can go. We're very popular but need that missing link!
Money averages $150-$200 for most shows. Money is paid promptly into respective bank accounts usually the week following the weekend's performances.
The show has been going since 2002. Prior to that, my band has been working since 1990. I went full-time in 1992.
An audition would involve learning five songs that I can e-mail you as mp3s.
There is also duo & trio work available if that interests you.
Remember, experience is not necessary but a good attitude, talent and the desire to be part of a successful team is.
Location: Queensland, Australia
Payment details: usually from $150-$200 upwards per show