Chuckles, I understand your point and i totally agree. I have NO malicious intent towards anybody for any reason.. why would i purposely and knowingly damage my own reputation or that of any others whom i hold in such high regard? please don't assume that is the case, trust me no one is that dumb. you know as well as i do that most of what has transpired in the last few day was argument for arguments sake. Im thinking about band names everyday, ill find a good one and some great people here gave me awesome suggestions ,mttoupro suggested estimated prophet - i like that , now if i could only get the band to count in 7
It has been difficult to find time to really sit down and think it through. I go to school full time plus i take keyboard and guitar instruction at the college twice a week( and i get credits for that!). also this is not my only band, i have a Clash tribute also (cue laugh track here) that rehearses every week and performs every few months. and on top of that i make extra cash hosting open mic nights using my own equipment. compound that with a deteriorating relationship with a crazy woman
, instructing my bass player almost every step of the way and now all this garbage that is taking up a half hour of my night that i could really spend productively elsewhere.
see those folks that made the comments about the band name that i used in my last response probably see this situation as this:
were 4 guys playing dive bars in a shit town! it will take me years to be on the level of anyone who could actually give a flying fuck about all this! I'll probably go through 10 band names and countless numbers of conglomerates before i ever make a name for myself!
so just relax man, all i needed to know was the great info everyone here gave me. Dead Ahead is not my official band name - it can never be as it has been trademarked already. If i really cared about keeping it at all i would have never thrown myself to the wolves in here. i confided to the whole board about this. i was not scared to be told anything about the matter, i fully expected to found out what i did - i just didnt know how to go about doing it. im surprised that you never made a point of telling me that i should have trademarked it myself before they did, which i could have easily done but apparently not smart enough to figure that out lol
and don't worry , we haven't started any real marketing dude. we are still finding our dynamics together. every time we play a gig we grow. after all of this let me say that Dead Ahead never came out of my mind, i never suggested it be the band name. i wasn't really interested in naming the band as i have to do all the arrangements on paper for everybody and basically direct the entire lot - both of my bands. but i love it sooooo much. i am just getting my feet wet as a band leader, there's nothing more gratifying to me than to have 4 guys who have never played a particular song before, and by careful instruction(everything from harmonies to chord substitution), have them performing it spot on by the end of the night. its real magic sometimes when a band can come together so united under a groove and really feel it during a jam that they had the day before not even tried.
Do you think The Schwag would be dicks if they did contact you and asked you to cease and desist?
no, no, no, no, no, no, no! this is where we are confusing ourselves. everyone besides you, even my immediate family, fans, bar owners and fellow local musicians have told me that bands do not operate like that. I know a lot of attorneys, a family member has worked for them for years. one of them is a great guy who represents me for free whenever ive needed it. he has his own band too and jams with me every once in a while - even he told me not to worry - he said other bands don't "head-hunt" in that manner. If it were anything but:
4 guys playing dive bars in a shit town!
then there could possibly be a problem, but considering the fact that in reality that is what we exist as, no one with the authority would ever spend the time/effort/money to beat down some little guy. i see where you are making the point that it works against me using the name - i totally concur. everyone in my band is trying to come up with something different so we can properly choose a good name - something that you don't see because you are not here. so just relax. this is the only time you'll ever hear of a band with that name in ohio, unless someone else uses it.
Think about all the cover songs you've ever performed in your life. did you get consent from all of those artists every time you performed those songs? have you ever played a Dylan tune? he would probably lose his lid over that! he doesn't even want his tab online! are you/we not misrepresenting every one of those artists every single time you/we go on stage? - but yet they do not go after little guys like us - they're the big fish - were just little minnows swishing along.
my attorney friend likened it to folks getting busted over downloading free music and characterized it as not even being that serious. now i see where you can argue that point, because whats right is right in the face of trademark laws, which is why i keep saying Dead Ahead can never be my band name. we've only got 4 hours of music under our belt to perform, we have a long way to go and we when actually do something that might get noticed we will have a completely different band name. one that we will already have been performing under and paying our dues. i assure you that it wont be Dead Ahead
or, at least you indicated you had no inclination whatsoever to pay it any heed
part of the reason is because you have taken all of my time in this post to have a proper conversation with these good people about it. instead of letting me talk it through and getting all my ducks in a row you came out throwing punches - and while i try to deflect them and not come off as someone who would participate in such an angry discussion(it never needed to be), i have totally neglected the folks that deserve every bit of thanks i can give.
I'm sure neither of us is as bad as we paint the other, but I've only got so many tools in the toolbox
Chuckles, i never thought that you were a bad person. we don't know each other personally and im sure we'd get along just fine if we met - after all we like all the same stuff -almost
im 100% sure that we have many more good things to discuss and agree on then disagree and argue about. thats why we are all here, because we have a common bond, which is also the reason why i hate arguing on this site because i believe its a disservice to the scene in general.
you may not remember, but about 4-5 years ago we had a great conversation and you friended me on myspace. i remember it so clearly because you were one of the first folks here to have such a nice conversation with me. I clearly remember seeing your mug in my top 5 friend list
my myspace page is long gone as a friend thought it would be funny to hack it.
i think Elvis Presley summed it up best visiting former President nixon when he remarked:
"(Mr. President).....you've got your show and i've got mine."
and im comfortable knowing your strong opinions about anything and everything. keep on keepin' on! we shouldn't be doing this to each other - its just wrong and not in the spirit of what we all stand for. I will take half the blame if you will hold yourself responsible to the other 50% - im referring to arguing in general. lets just live and let live bro.
"Let it Rain" my #1 Clapton tune that gets cranked to the max whenever it comes on
Cheers to you Chuckles, a most intelligent and worthy adversary and hopefully someone i can consider a friend and confide in later.
now isn't that worth toasting a yeungling too?