When you talk about creating a band, someone may look at it as a very easy task. However, it has got its challenges. You need to set up a group that meets all your requirements. Otherwise, you may get caught in a continuous cycle of replacing members, trying to get the perfect replacement, and teaching new members songs. That makes your band dysfunctional and frustrating. To save yourself from the above problems, create the best band from the start. Here is how you can do that:
What are your needs?
Before you make a move to look for band players, you need to know what it is that you want from the band. For example, if you have a friend and she plays the drums while you can play the piano, you are not going to go out and look for another pianist. However, your needs also depend on the kind of music you play. If you do not have your needs streamlined, you may end up getting another drummer or a guitarist just because you like the person. Always remember that this band is meant to play at shows as a team. Therefore come up with the musical roles and hire the right people.
Find the people
Now that you are sure of what the band needs, start looking for the people (musicians) to fill up the positions stated. You can get musicians through word of mouth, from your close friends, and through social media. You may also use the internet more so sites that are band and music related.
Formulate ground rules
When you are starting the band, there is no need to start talking about royalties, holiday packages and the like. This band is still a baby. Therefore, a lot of work needs to go into it even when the returns may seem low for the start. However, there are points you must consider if the band is to make forward movement. These include:
- What is the schedule for practicing?
- Where shall the practices be done?
- Are there any expenses to incur? For example hiring practicing space, how do you intend to meet these costs?
As the band grows, so shall the needs and the costs. Therefore, bare that in mind and make room for it.
Who is the leader?
Most bands have the songwriter as the band boss or the person that formed the group or both of them. How far this ‘boss’ thing goes is entirely up to you; the person that is forming the group. Do you want it in such a way that it is only your songs played? Do you want them played in your style only? Do you want others to give their views?
It is crucial to have one main man more so when the time for booking shows starts and when promoting the band. This boss or main man is the primary contact for the musical group.
Needless to say, the most critical part of forming a band is to play music as a team. When you start playing, you shall be able to find out how well your musical group can work as a team. It is also the time when you find out who is serious and committed and who is not. If your objective is to earn a living out of this band yet the others are here for fun, now is the time when you shall know. If your goals and those of the band members do not connect, then you just have to return to step one instead of pushing your luck.
I wish you all the best in setting up your musical band.