As a kid, we’ve probably all had that fantasy of being a rockstar. Because, let’s face it would be pretty cool to tour the world, play shows, have groupies and get paid for it. Well, it’s not an unreachable dream, if you have the talent, the passion, and the determination to succeed, then you can achieve it. But first, you have to start small, you have to be willing to work hard and work your way up.
Here are some tips on how you can get started in forming your band.
Know Your Sound
There are a lot of different ways that musicians can come together and form a band. Sometimes, bands from out of a group of musician friends. That’s one way to do it, but sometimes, you first have to figure out what kind of sound you want. If you’re going for a more bluesy sound, then try to find someone who has that similar background, because you need people who are in the same page as you and is interested in making the same music. Let’s say you get a guitar player who has a heavy metal background, though he could be capable in playing blues, he wouldn’t be as interested in making music with you since he’s more into heavy metal.
Find The Musicians
This could be the hardest part in forming a band, finding members who actually have the time and have the same goals as you. Llet’s say you don’t have many musicians in your circle, or musicians that have the time. One of the ways to go about it, is to explore the scene of the sound that you’re going for. Go to gigs or concerts and meet people. Go out and socialize, and who knows, you may find connections.
An old school way of finding members is to announce it. Whether online or putting posters around town or in the campus, it’s good to let people know that you’re looking for band members. This is a way to get people who may be shy to go out at gigs, but may have the same interests as you.
Form Your Sound
Once you’ve gathered all your members, it’s time to jam it out. Before you start writing songs together, it’s good to just go jamming around songs that you all know, so that you can get a feel of the sound you might come up with. The important thing about jamming is to listen to one another and make eye contact. I cannot stress the eye contact part enough. Sometimes, musicians can be so structured and machine-like. Jamming is like communication. It’s when you connect with one another through music. This is also the time to see if your sound blends well together, cause if it doesn’t, then back to step one!
Establish Ground Rules
Most bands have a natural leader, and it’s usually the songwriter or the one who formed it. Although, you have to remember, being in a band is a team effort, everyone should have their input, especially when it comes to songwriting. But, it’s also good to have a sole mediator to keep everything steady.
When you’re ready to start playing, one way to find gigs is to have connections at productions. But, you also have to consider the kind of prod you want to play under so you know what kind of crowd would appreciate your music. If it’s hard to find connections to play gigs, you can first establish yourself in social media. Record demos or singles and publish them online, that way, you can build a fan base and gig productions will soon take notice and book you gigs.
The important thing in keeping your band together, is to be great friends. A band is like a family, and it’s important to communicate with each other well. Don’t treat it like it’s a job, treat it like it’s your baby, your creation. Because, in the long run, you need each other and you need to keep a good relationship with each other in order for you to be successful.