Become a Regular at the Music Store
Your local music store is a great place for you to start hanging out, particularly if you’re looking for new talent. Plenty of bands out there have discovered some of their best members just by seeing them jam whilst trying out a new guitar. Now, anyone that’s been down to their local on a weekend will likely already know that most of the people who decide to pick a guitar and have a go for themselves usually are the kind of folks you’d want in your band, playing far too loud, often badly and sprinkled with a touch of arrogance with a lack of irony. That being said not everyone that does it will fit this description and every now and again you’ll find someone genuinely talented step up and blow you away. Think of it as auditioning, you get to hear them play and see if they match what you need for your band, after all you may not want someone 30 years your senior (or your junior for that matter). The only difference here is once you’ve chosen your star, you’ll have to pitch them the idea.
Use Bulletin Boards
Whilst you’re hanging out at the music store you might want to take advantage of the bulletin board that will likely be on display there (it’s rare that you’ll head to a good one that doesn’t have a bulletin board). Type up an ad and attach your number on those little tabs at the bottom for people to rip off and who knows, you could have your problem solved in no time. Now, you may be thinking that this comes with the same drawbacks as posting an ad in you paper and you’d be right. Only this time, you have the benefit of it being in the music store which means you can talk to the owner or staff about anyone who applies after, they might be aware of how insane or murderous that person is or on the flipside may know how talented they are, all in all it’s a safer bet.
The one thing that may cause a bump in the road for you here is if you’re looking for anyone other than a singer or guitarist. Bassists and drummers are far harder to come by, there simply aren’t as many people on the scene that have committed themselves to these roles, likely because they aren’t as glorified as the former roles. That being said though, you may find an advert for a drummer or bassist seeking a band, though you’ll want to get to it quick because those little tabs will fly as soon as the notice is stuck on that board. Failing that you could always advertise for something completely different, who knows maybe your band has been missing a quality saxophonist this whole time?