Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
AMEN,they dont realize the drummer is the one listening to everyone in the band and has great insight to suggest good songs for the band to play
That's assuming the drummer can be objective, which is difficult from where they sit compared to the listener/dancer that the band is playing for.
Does the drummer let their personal likes/dislikes govern what they recommend? That's bad. That's not the person who should be suggesting songs for a band that wants to get gigs.
Everyone in the band needs to be able to choose songs that people want to hear. That's the point of doing gigs. There needs to be a level of agreement that transcends personal musical tastes/agendas. Players who haven't got that are unhappy, and wonder why they don't get gigs.
I get gigs because I like playing drums... to pretty much any song. I have never told a band that i didn't like a song presented to me. If asked the right question, I might answer that it's not a well-known enough to warrant playing, but that's not based on whether I like it or not. There are a lot of songs I like that I wouldn't suggest be played by a cover band that wants to get gigs.