It can take a lot to keep a band going sometimes and it can be hard for everyone to get on at times too. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise, playing music in a band is a creative endeavour and as such requires everyone to be on the same page when it comes to the direction your taking. All it takes is for two members to passionately disagree on a single lyric and the whole band can fall into disarray. In fact, watch any biopic about any band and you’ll probably see this happen at some point or other. You may find that you’ve fallen into a similar position and maybe you’re now without your lead guitarist, what can you do next? Well don’t worry we have you covered, it’s time to fill in that empty slot in the group and to do so here are a few simple and easy things to have you back on stage in no time at all.
Maybe you’ve already been on the scene for long enough to know many of the other players or maybe you were in another band previously, if this is the case draw on other contacts, find out who’s available, maybe some of your old pals are looking to get back in the game and shred it up. If you’re a fairly new band then now would be a good time to get networking, head to as many local gigs as you can and get to know the bands and the technicians, who knows maybe they’ll know someone who’s looking for a way in?
Don’t have the time for all those gigs? That’s not a problem, it’s the 21st century baby and that means you don’t even need to leave the house to get networking. There are plenty of social networking platforms for you to send out a cry for help on. Reddit is a particularly good one, there are all sorts of good threads that can help you out, if you can’t find someone in the flesh then you certainly will here.
Put Up an Ad
If you’re really struggling to find a new member then perhaps one of the most traditional methods would be to put an ad out in your local music mag or newspaper in the hoped of catching the eye of your next bass player. It’s pretty simple, won’t take you long and won’t really cost you much either. It’ll save you a lot of time spent putting in the leg work and asking around, but it doesn’t come without its cons. The trouble with putting an ad out is you have no idea who will respond, you’re only really asking people who read that particular magazine so you could be missing out on some great talent. Also, you could end up having an absolute lunatic respond to your ad which would put you in a far worse position to your current one. It’s a roll of the dice.