If music is your passion and you want to take a chance on the big time, you likely need to know how to get started. As you hone your talent with endless hours of practice, you have probably dreamed about performing on a big stage in front of frenzied fans.
Being a successful musician takes more than just talent. It takes hard work, dedication and commitment to get where you want to be. You may have all the things you need already and just need a push in the right direction.
Even with all the creativity and talent in the world, it still takes money to start a band. Working some extra hours or even finding out if you can get a title loan on a salvage vehicle could give you the funds that you need to get started. The important part is to start working towards your dream. If you are truly interested in pursuing your musical dreams, here’s what you need to do to get your band started.
Find Your Bandmates
If you are still in school, finding some bandmates can be as easy as making a visit to the music class at your school. If you are already out of school, there are still plenty of places to find musicians. Post an online advertisement on Craigslist or start hanging out at some open mic nights in town to start networking with other artists. Reach out online with your Facebook page to let friends know that you are interested in starting a band or search a musician platform like Bandmix.
A standard band will need a variety of musicians including a guitar player, bass, piano or keyboards and drums. Make it a priority to not only consider talent in your bandmates but personal compatibility. You will be spending a lot of time together so it’s important to be able to get along.
Choose Your Style
You will need to focus on a particular music genre. You may want to play rock, country, blues or R&B. Decide on a look for your band. The look should reflect the style of your music genre. It’s important to have every bandmate get on board so that you will look like a more professional group.
It’s always a good idea to have a third party that isn’t a band member help you draw up a basic band agreement. This should outline the responsibilities of each band member and help you avoid disputes down the line. Your agreement should cover items including the breakdown of gig payments, schedules and song ownership.
Once you have purchased all of the equipment and instruments that you need, you will need to find a place to practice. Whether you end up jamming in someone’s basement, garage or a rented space it’s important to have a permanent place to practice on a regular schedule.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Your band will never get anywhere unless you practice. Being able to meld as a band and anticipate each other’s style and musical collaboration are what make music magical. To be safe, you should learn a few popular cover songs to work on together and perform. You can even start to work on your act.
Every band should have a minimum of 12 songs that they can play well. You will need at least a dozen songs be able to book a full gig performing. Once you are comfortable as a group, you can start writing your own original music.
Get Out There
The performing part will come in time and with lots of practice. Once you feel like you are ready, it’s time to start looking for some gigs. Start by creating a website that features some video or audio tracks of your band playing. When you go looking for gigs, the hosts may want to see what you look like when you are on stage. Reach out to festivals, local pubs and cafes and open mic nights to get your start.
Let It Rock!
Never underestimate the power of your dreams. If you have always wanted to start a band and become a professional musician there is no reason why you can’t start today. With the right commitment, financing and talent, you and your band could be the next big thing to hit the stage.