Tips for Starting a Band
Do you want to start a band, but you’re unsure of how to go about it? Maybe you love playing music for you, your family and friend’s enjoyment, but now you want to showcase your talents. Playing in a band can be a lot of fun, and your band doesn’t have to even go public. You can form a band with friends and rock out at home in your garage. Anyone, no matter the age can form their own band, and skill level doesn’t matter either. There’s really no excuse not to start a band if that’s what your heart desires. The sooner you get started, the faster you can reap the benefits of forming a band. So, here are several tips on how to go about starting a band.
Look for band members
First things first, you want to advertise for band members. You can put up flyers, use Facebook Marketplace and groups, post on your social media accounts, and also use word of mouth. Tell your family and friends that you’re starting a band, and chances are, they know someone who’d be interested in joining.
When advertising, you want your ad to be clear and to the point. Express who you are, what type of music you enjoy playing, and the types of musicians you’re seeking. The ad should also include level of experience, goals, and how to contact you. When you find potential candidates, don’t just tell them they’re in. Before you decide to allow them to join, get together with them for a few jam sessions to test out their talent level and see how well you vibe.
Choose a band name
Once you’ve got your band members, now you want to decide on a catchy band name. You can’t play at any shows or put yourself out there until you come up with a band name. You and your band members should get together and brainstorm for possible names. Many great band names are references to music that the band likes. Have your bandmates go through theri music libraries and see what you all can come up with. Try to pick a name that is short and easy to spell and remember. Once you’ve chosen a name, be sure that there are no other bands with that name. Use Google, Facebook, Soundcloud, and even your local trademark office to find out. If no one has that name or anything similar, then go for it.
Choose a place to practice
Next, you want to choose a place to hold your practice sessions. What do you have access to? Do any of you have a garage or basement? Do any of your band members belong to a church that may let you use their space a few times per week? Do you have the funds to rent out a professional rehearsal space or maybe even a storage unit? You’ve got to get creative and figure out where you’re going to rehearse, because the one thing you must always do is rehearse.
Now is the time to take care of the legal side of things. You need to create a band agreement or contract and have all band members sign it. It’s a good idea to consult with an attorney, as well. The agreement should cover all the responsibilities of each band member and to tie up any loose ends if you were to ever dismember. In the agreement, lay out how often you’ll be practicing and where, everyone’s schedule, the roles of each member, and finances. Be sure you know who is going to pay for what. If you’re going to pool your money together, lay out how much and how often you’re going to contribute. Also, if you need to find a manager or bookkeeper to handle the business side of things, now would be the time to do so. You want to set your band up for success, not failure.
Showcase the band
Now that you have all of that tedious stuff taken care of, now is the time to showcase your band and start searching for gigs. Create posters and flyers, events on social media and tell your friends and family so that they can create buzz. You want as many people as possible to show up to your first event. With a killer crowd, you’re sure to have the energy needed to make them go wild.
I first formed my band back in high school, with myself and four other members. We’ve been a small local band for almost 15 years. I’ve always been good at playing music, but not so good at the business side of things. Yes, you want to perfect your craft and play your best, but if you’re not business savvy, you’re not going to go far at all. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing at parties, local bars, or concerts, someone has to manage your gigs, and manage it well. That’s the biggest tip that I can possibly give you. When I am not playing with my band, you can find me trying out new local restaurants, playing on Pokerstarscasino.com or drawing online with Krita.org. Those things help me disconnect so that I can play my best and give it my all.