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walmartjockey

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Hi,

 

Can someone please tell me how a bass player with no band can find gigs on cruise ships or overseas? I have looked into classified ads but there may be one or two ads per year where a band is actually looking for a replacement. Basically where do I need to start in order to find connections?

 

thx

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Yeah, that's what I've heard. Also if they hire a bassist it's probably going to be somebody whose playing they already know. I have a friend that played piano and keyboards on a Caribbean cruise aqnd he definitely got that from who he knew.

 

Mind you, whe he returned, he hated to even look at a keyboard and favoured drums. Beware of the negative effects of cruise gigs.

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Hi,

 

I am personal friends with the head booking agent for musicians for RCC.( Royal Caribbean..(sp)..Cruiselines) down here in Miami.

 

If you want, I can hook you up. A couple of things.. You need to be a good sight reader...not just chord charts..actually reading basslines. If your reading is not great + you are a quick study + have talent, they will pass on some things.

 

They require a complete physical at the office at the Port of Miami, and are very strict on their no drug policy. They have actually dismissed some musicians at the Port they are after random drug tests.

 

If you are interested, please respond here, then I will give you my email address.

 

Best,

 

Kenny :cool:

 

 

http://web.mac.com/vibechekmusic/iWeb/site/Home.html

 

www.vibechekmusic.com

 

 

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Kenny,

 

I am definitely interested. I am not a sight reader, though I'm sure I could learn - I'm basically a cover band kind of bassplayer who has a couple years of experience playing in clubs and pubs (oh, I'm Canadian BTW). Anyways, yes I would like your email address. It would be great to have some kind of connection. thx to everyone for responding.

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Negative aspects - I did one stint for Disney, so this is my tale in re: that experience...

 

Contracts are for 6 months, negotiable (from the Cruise ships' POV) after that. There are no single rooms/berths. You may or may not be berthed with a band member, though most likely you will. It will depend on individual situations and openings with contracted players. This applies to Day Cruise/Casino ships as well as long term Cruise Operations.

 

You will be required to NOT be seen by paying Cruisers...i.e. - members of staff will not have access to general quarters at any time. The public is not supposed to see members of staff when they are not on duty. You will have separate eating/exercise/recreational facilities on board and are not allowed access to passenger areas when you are not performing.

[This is what I signed on to during my 6 months with Disney.]

 

If you're young and single, this could be a great experience and a good challenge. If you're not (young and single)...maybe not so much. YMMV

 

FWIW - I'd do it again (at that point in my life). Pay was good, conditions weren't bad, bandmates were probably better than me (I learned a lot).

 

Good Luck!

 

Jim

 

 

 

Jim

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I did the whole cruise thing about 10 years ago, and the way i got it was through an advert in the Stage newspaper. The Stage is worth getting if you're looking for these types of gigs, well, it used to be anyway, haven't seen it for a few years.

 

Usually after applying you'll have to audition. I went to London for my audition, which consisted of playing a few jazz tunes from a real book with a band, and playing a show tune with a backing tape.

 

Contracts are usually six months as someone already said, but on the two occasions i did it, I was able to get 3 month contracts. It's a good life if you're looking to develop your skills as a musician as you'll be challenged a lot, and have a fair bit of free time to practise too. It's definately worth spending that free time nailing the shows, big band pad, running through real book tunes etc.

 

Incidentally, I worked for Holland America, on big ships, and they were pretty cool. We were well looked after for the most part, and if i were still in my early 20's i'd think about doing it again.

 

Hope that helps in some way...

 

Stu

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One of my bass teachers told me that the experience of playing on a cruise ship nearly ended his career as a bassist. I don't remember what the factors were, but he was discouraged and I believe he put the bass down for a bit until picking it up a year later or so....
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