If you’ve ever wanted to start a band, hopefully you know that it’s a lot harder than it looks. Well-known groups like Queen, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones weren’t formed in a day. It took time for them to get their start, and it’ll take you some time too. But there are some very essential steps everyone must take before embarking on the journey toward fame and stardom.
1. Find Your Bandmates
If you’re going to start a musical group, you’ll need to get at least a few other people to join you.
One way of doing this is by hosting auditions to find members. Make a flyer and post it in a well-populated area or local music store. The more traffic the area gets, the more attention your flyer will get. You could also post your flyer on the internet.
Give everyone who shows up to your audition a chance to showcase their skills. Keep in mind the type of music you’re looking to create and the kind of talent you’ll need. What instrumentalists do you definitely need? Are you looking for a guitarist, a drummer, a keyboardist? All of the above? Do you need a bass player or lead singer? You need to know the bare minimum of what you need for the style of band and music you want to create.
Once everyone’s auditioned, you can narrow down the list and select the lucky ones. You can of course also recruit people you already know who play music or sing. Approach people you think might be interested and see what they say. Hopefully, they’ll agree to join you and you’ll end up with a full-fledged band.
2. Gather Your Equipment and Practice, Practice, Practice
Once you’ve found some capable musicians, you’ll need to find a place to practice and start nailing down some songs. Try to lock down a garage or basement so you can practice rent-free for now. If you have the money to rent a studio, then see if that works for you. You could even practice in someone’s home.
Wherever you end up, make sure everyone has access to the necessary equipment. Hopefully, each musician will have his or her own instrument and basic equipment to go with it, but sometimes you may need extra, or even the basics. The equipment you need will also depend on the genre you’re focused on. For instance, you may prefer the sound and flexibility of using electronic instruments like e-drums or even electric violins. If you’re interested in finding out more about electric instruments and music, the website from Best Edrums can help fill you in.
Other bands may use keyboards, synthesizers, or different unique equipment for creating a one-of-a-kind sound.
Once you figure out your sounds and your instruments, it’s time to practice. Regardless of if you’re writing songs or covering them, make sure you lay out time to practice. It takes a lot of time and effort to become good musicians, and for good musicians to learn to play together well.
3. Schedule Performances
The best way to build up a reputation for your band is to perform live in front of an audience.
As new musicians, it may be difficult to get a gig, but you should be persistent, and be humble. Reach out to local bars, pubs, restaurants, local events, and smaller venues, and any other places that regularly hire live bands.
Offer to play for events within your area. Hire yourselves out as a band for weddings or parties. Once you’ve landed a gig, make sure that you’re prepared for it. Create a setlist of songs that you’ve practiced and know well. You want to pick the songs that you think best represent you and your sound. On the day of, make sure that you arrive with enough time to set up, tune your instruments, do sound checks and the like.
Once it’s time to start, make sure that you engage the audience and that they know your name so they can recall it later. If anyone posts anything positive about your band online, it’ll be good if they can put a name to the positive experience. And once your performance is over, do some networking. You never know who may be in the crowd. It might not be an agent, but anyone could be on the lookout for a musical group to hire. Make the rounds and leave everyone interested in your band with your name and contact information.
Once you gain traction and start earning some money, you can aim toward bigger goals like recording demos and looking for agents. The most important thing, in the beginning, is developing a rapport with your bandmates and getting your name out there. Getting started is the hard part, so be persistent and don’t give up.
WRITTEN BY OPEYEMI FAMAKIN