Could YOU Be the Next Machine Head Bassist?

Machine Head are taking YouTube submissions to find their next bassist. Read the official rules here and take part, if you think you've got what it takes to be a professional rock star.

Could YOU Be the Next Machine Head Bassist?
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Machine Head are on the hunt for a new bassist - and it could be you. They parted ways with long-term bassist Adam Duce in February, but it's been hard to find a suitable replacement through their social contacts and have taken the hunt online. Now you can submit an entry to be the next Machine Head bassist. Here's the official competition entry rules from their website: For a limited time the band will accept and review YouTube submissions that include the following: 1) Video: A standalone performance of the songs listed below, just yourself, singing and playing bass along to the the tracks off the albums. **Camera phone is fine as long as it's stable** 2) A brief 1- to 2-minute statement about your musical experience; playing, touring experience, etc. Please upload your videos to YouTube and e-mail a link (or links) to MHBassAuditions(AT)gmail(DOT)com that includes the following songs: 1) This Is The End 2) Halo 3) Beautiful Mourning Once the band has narrowed down potential candidates, they will hold tryouts in person at a to-be-determined location. Think you've got what it takes? Get that old video camera out, post some footage, and be sure to share your YouTube entry in the comments here so other UG readers can see what they're up against. Good luck!

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    EoinOwnage
    As much as I would love to, and I can play those songs.. I doubt they'll take a 16 year old xD
    skynyrd
    Go for it anyway man, what's the harm in trying? "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." - Wayne Gretzky
    kratos379
    Alex Skolnick was the lead guitarist of Testament at the age of 16 and he played the hell out of his guitar. Don't let age hold you back.
    fatgleeson
    This kid's only 13!
    lextexrex
    Watching this video makes me want to practice a bunch of songs hoping that one day I might have the same (but most likely impossible) opportunity to play with my favorite bands.
    fatgleeson
    Damn I hate how large the embedded videos are here. Makes posting a video so big and obnoxious
    deth1351
    The drummer in Death Angle was 14 when they recorded the Ultra Violence. So yeah, make a video
    Metalxorxdie
    Witold "Vitek" Kiełtyka (R.I.P.) was 12 when their first album came out...props to Death Angel too
    almadacr
    I don't know but a band doing this i have to say ... hats off to them . They might find a hidden gem that will fit the bands spirit . Good luck to them .
    iommi600
    "Video: A standalone performance of the songs listed below 2) Halo" I thought about recording the Beyonce song just to take the piss out of the whole thing, but I do fear the backlash...
    Dr. Knox666
    Fuck that competition and bring in Jason Newsted!
    jonathan.keeler
    Or let young budding talent break through and have a chance at the life.
    Dr. Knox666
    Sure it's a cool idea and a great chance for bass players to show their talent. Nothing wrong with that! But I'm almost positive that in the end they'll hire some big-name bass player as Metallica did.
    HarrySound
    Yreah this is just checking the back of the closet to make sure they havn't missed a perfect pair of shiny new shoes. Nothing worng with that, it's every teenagers dream right? and even us old ones.
    rickjarzy
    .... bad thing about a young-shot is that he mainly doesn't know anything about that shit stuff called money and payment. They would rip him off and wouldn't pay what he would deserve
    Democrab
    Considering this is how Jason got in big in the first place...JASON 2.0.
    Glass Prisoner
    I think this is really cool! A solid idea that more bands should think about. There's some serious talent on Youtube.
    skull_king
    If they're doing this for bassists, do you think that if Phil quit, they'd do the same for guitarists?
    zn-1
    If only I played bass.
    link no1
    So? Do it anyway, find somebodys bass, learn the bass parts and wing it. I'm pretty sure the entries will be filled with guitarists doing this, won't be surprised if one of them get's picked.
    TheBearKat
    Wish I knew how to play those songs. Think I might try learning them and give it a try. May only be 17 but maybe they would take me! haha Doubtful but its worth a try!
    Rojam
    I'm not the biggest Machine Head fan, but this is one of the coolest opportunities for all us regular jack-offs. I'm definitely going to give it a shot.
    jonathanb2
    I have no chance of getting in, but I'm going to send them a video. Because then I can say I auditioned for Machine Head xD
    xplosive59
    This is pretty cool and a huge break for bassists talented enough to play in a band like Machine Head but have never been given the chance, I would go in for this but living in the UK would be a problem. Also that style is not mine at all, I prefer to play Jazz and funky stuff.
    --IzuaL--
    I can't imagine them with Jason Newsted...My mind's gonna blow just think about when they're performing I Am Hell or Aesthethics of Hate with Jason on bass & backing vocals...
    JessyB96
    Reminds of the movie rockstar... wish i was more into machine head. I would feel wrong trying without being a fan
    Sundben
    It would be badass if like Rex Brown, Jason Newsted or some other cool bassdude would join them!