One of the guys I work with posed a question to me. He said it was to get to know me a little better. I don’t know if the answer would help him know me better as a person, but it might help him know my musical taste a little better. The question was this, “If you could form your own superband out of members of other bands, who would you choose? Limit ten members.”
It’s actually an interesting question. There are many musicians and singers out there that I really like. Narrowing it down to less than ten is a daunting task. I gave it some thought and this is what I came up with. Remember: these picks are just my personal preferences. I’m not saying anyone on this list is better than anyone else.
Bass guitar: Flea – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Now, I don’t even like the Chili Peppers, but I give credit where credit is due. Flea is a hell of a bass player. Plus, he was in the Back to the Future movies, which gives him an added dimension of cool.
Drums: Shannon Larkin – Godsmack – Not only does he kick ass on the drums with Godsmack, but he also has a side project playing with a blues band, so he’s versatile.
Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals: Shaun Morgan – Seether – I have pretty much liked everything that Seether has put out and Shaun is a big reason why. I know he’s the lead singer in his band, but in this one he’s just providing backing vocals.
Lead Guitar: Aaron Fink – Breaking Benjamin – Well, he’s the original lead guitarist for Breaking Benjamin. He was with them for their first four albums which were, in my opinion, their best albums.
Keyboards/ Rapping Vocals: Mike Shinoda – Linkin Park – Not sure how much rapping I want my superband to do, but maybe I’ll have some. Either way, I needed someone who could play the keyboard so I figured I’d pick someone who could do both. Plus, I do like some of Shinoda’s solo stuff.
Female Vocals: Sharon den Adel – Within Temptation – Put simply, this woman has the best voice I think I’ve ever heard. She can sing anything: rock, pop, even opera. Don’t believe me? Listen to this song, which is a little bit of rock and opera together.
Lead Vocals: Brandon Johnson – Late Night Savior – This was the hardest one for me because there’s so many good vocalists out there. I ended up picking Brandon for this spot because there’s just something about his voice, the way he sings, that resonates with me.
That’s all I got. I know I still have three spots left, but I’m OK with that. If I were to fill them, I’d do it with a string trio. Put a little violin/cello/viola behind it. I don’t know anyone who plays those instruments, or which of those particular musicians is good, so I’ll just leave it at that.
What about you? Do you know who you would pick to to build your own superband?
I would have to ponder this for a while.
It took me a little while too.
Flea, Travis Barker, Dave Grohl
Those three for sure…
And maybe call that good? Nice little power trio.
Isn’t Dave Grohl supposed to be the drummer in a trio?
He could be, yes. But I like him as the singer/guitarist too.
What a cool idea! I will have to think about that one, too!
It’s tough, for sure.
Interesting answer. You’re right, it doesn’t say much about the person you are but does say a heck of a lot about your musical taste! I don’t listen to much music – certainly not as much as my teen years where two of my favourite bands were Linkin Park and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, so I have no answer for this, but your answer was interesting to read. The song link you shared was divine. Sharon den Adel truly does have a beautiful voice.
She truly does.
Looks like you put a lot of thought into this.
Well, I don’t have the most mentally stimulating job, so my mind wanders a lot.
Your post made me realize that I only pay attention to vocals. I have no idea who I’d pick for anything other than vocals….Hmmmmm!
I used to be like that too. Then I made friends with a guy who plays guitar and is really into music. He started pointing different things out to me and I’ve paid more attention to the music parts of songs since then.