Back in 2014, my girlfriend and I were living in Brooklyn for the summer. I was ostensibly deciding whether or not I might want to live there long term and try to get into the music scene, but really I was mostly sitting around practicing and making Youtube videos.
Well, it turns out you actually CAN get a gig just by sitting around practicing… as long as there’s a working bass player on the other side of your apartment walls!
This guy approached me in the shared kitchen of these two apartments, and said “Hey, I heard you practicing… do you want to sub on a gig for me tomorrow?” A couple phone calls later, I had a gig the next night at the Bitter End in the West Village with a singer/songwriter guy. One set. >>$500<<. First and possibly last NYC gig ever, no hustling required, barely left the house.
And the real punch line - what this guy heard me practicing through the walls was a solo bass arrangement of Africa by Toto. (yet to be released into the wild)
Anybody else ever get an unexpected gig through strange channels?