Forming The Dirty Good

Hi, Matt Siegel here! I am putting together a band and want to see if I'm the right fit for you, and you're the right fit for me. I'm one of those rare musicians who is business minded so I want to lay it all out here for you to think about before we go further.

Those that know me, know I'm very laid-back and supportive. I want us all to succeed and feel good about working together. I'm also goal-oriented and am driven which means I need musicians with me that want to make something happen or at least can support that. I'm not gonna James Brown ya and start docking pay, but I think with as easy as this "ask" is, you're either in or you're not.

The music is stylistically blues-based and will touch on rock, soul, funky, latin-inspired at times, jazzy, improvisational. It will be a mix of originals and covers. Covers will most of the time be our version of it as I'm not looking to be a cover band that sounds like the record (been there, done that, respect the hell out of it, not this gig though). If you want to bring music in and/or collab, I'm totally open but ultimately I have final say on what we are playing. I'm an ASCAP songwriter and any songwriting collabs will be worked out so everyone is on the same page and no one gets cheated. (If you aren't registered with ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC, I'd be happy to walk you through that so you don't get cheated when working with other artists either).

About Me

I was born and raised in Queens, NY. I've always been deeply impacted by music and began playing guitar at 14. By 16, I was playing the bars in New York. Over time I got to study under some great musicians. Howard Morgen, who wrote many of those Mel Bay guitar books, and taught artists like Paul Simon and Charlie Hunter. In college, one of the teachers, Charlie Persip, a world-class jazz drummer hated guitar in jazz but on the night of our performance I went "outside" enough for it be good but not be free jazz.

At 22, I moved to Texas and over the years performed with artists ranging from Grammy-winner Robert Randolph Jr. to Ray Wylie Hubbard. During this time, I've performed as a session guitarist touring with regional artists and being the stage leader/manager/booking agent for an original band I was in. That band ended up touring throughout the Southwest and Midwest, had some label interest, and eventually fell apart (as most bands do).

I've spent the past few years touring nationally with members of the Allman Brothers Band and Dickey Betts and Great Southern.

Players Needed - Band Configuration

I'm a big fan of bands with lots of players. It will not always be possible for everyone to play a show for the compensation to be fair, so I envision a few different configurations. Also, I'm looking for fill-in players that can know the show and step in when available and needed. If you can't be the primary musician in that spot, but can be a fill-in, let me know.

Trio - Bass, Drums, Me

Quartet - Bass, Drums, Keys, Me

Quintet - Bass, Drums, Keys, Me, Another Singer or Percussionist

Septet - Bass, Drums, Keys, Me, Another Singer, Trumpet, Sax

Octet - Bass, Drums, Keys, Me, Another Singer, Trumpet, Sax, Percussionist

Ground Rules

I've learned many lessons performing since I was a teenager playing bars in NYC. Some of those lessons came hard by making mistakes myself, some came by learning from mentors. These are rules that I need us all to follow (myself included):

No drinking or drugs before or during a performance. 

Yes, I know, "that's crazy!" It's actually not! Most bands out there REALLY doing it these days are sober and drug free and for good reason. We all perform better sober. We are more aware and listening to each other as musicians which is really where the magic can happen. To be clear, this means no weed, no beer until after the show. After the show, do your thing, I have no judgement there and will sometimes partake myself.

Come to full-band rehearsals knowing the songs and your parts.

Full-band rehearsals should be few and far between. It's a chance for us to run the songs and make sure we are good to go. If you don't know your parts, that makes rehearsal longer or ineffective. I'll provide as much detail as possible (song keys, lead sheets, recordings, playlist with covers), everything you need to learn the songs except the effort you put into it.

Come on-time.

Shows, rehearsal, road call, etc. Whatever the time is, be there on the time we agreed. If you have a problem because something happened at the last minute, call me please.

Listen and Pay Attention To The Rest of the Band

We all have those moments on stage when we start thinking of non-music sh*t. We zone out a little. Be aware of that when it happens and bring yourself back. Be in the moment with the rest of us. Listen to what's going on and play off that. The song arrangements are a roadmap, but sometimes when the players are right, we can go offroad and have a cooler journey together.

As for listening, I have to add that if you can't hear the person singing or the person taking a solo, you're too loud. Everyone will have their time to shine, multiple times through the night. Learning to hang back and support the singer or soloist is one of the true signs of a great musician.

Dress Appropriately

We'll discuss this more, but come to the show looking like you're going to put on a performance and not going to mow someone's lawn. I'm not talking Armani suits (I mean unless that's your thing), just know that we should NOT look like we can blend into the crowd when on break.

Load-In and Load-Out

We all load-in and load-out together. Once we are all loaded-in, then we setup and go. If you've got a back issue or something preventing you from lifting anything heavy, let me/us know. We'll help each other out.

Get the F*ck Down!

It's music! We are all blessed to be able to do this. Especially when people want to hear us! This gift we all have, it means the world to me and I want to experience that musical connection with you and the audience. Have a good time with the music!

Pay

Typical local shows will be a minimum of $150/person.

Typical road shows will be a minimum of $200-$250/person. Road show meaning we will have to stay in a hotel overnight.

All hotels will be covered for road shows. Meals, you're on your own but usually between the hotel and the venue, food is usually handled.

This is so important to me that I am likely going to be taking less pay than you or eating some cost at some point. I'm also investing money into marketing and other costs as well. The long and short of it is I'm thankful for the time and effort musicians put into making it happen and I want to compensate you as much as possible. When those gigs start getting to $2000, $3000...I will make sure everyone is compensated well.

Merch sales is not included in compensation as I'll be funding this and earnings go into making more merch.

I will need a W-9 from you as I will need to send a year-end 1099 for pay at the beginning of next year.

 

Book Us and Make More Money

If you book a show for us that we take, in addition to your pay, you'll get a 10% booking fee.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read all of this. If you're interested in being in The Dirty Good, please let me know.

 

Musically Yours,

Matt