Playing music in a band is like being in a football team. Each player knows the role he plays in the overall team. The success of the team depends on how well they play together and support each other during the game. We all know how badly a team can play when the team refuses to play together as a team. Even teams with individually brilliant players can perform very badly when they don’t play as a team. Similarly a band can have individually brilliant musicians but can sound very mediocre (at best) when they don’t play together as team.
Bands like Snarky Puppy are brilliant not because of the brilliance of the individual musicians in the band but because of how well they play together as a team.
So when next you are playing with a band ask yourself these questions. Is what I am playing adding to or distracting from the overall music?