Planning to form your own musical band? It might sound easy; all you have to do is find people who want to play music with you, and you’re good to go! But, it’s not as simple as that. There are several important aspects you need to consider. Foremost among these is the business side of forming a band, especially if you plan to go to different places to play your music. People will need to know about your band and your music, so you and your band mates should have the same mindset when it comes to this.
Here are the essential things you have to keep in mind when forming your own band.
1. Find band mates by holding auditions.
If you do not yet have anybody in mind, the best way to find people for your band is to call for auditions. Find a good venue where the auditionees can sing and play music. Announce the auditions on traditional and social media. You may also want to post ads in different cafes and bars. Create an audition panel and start finding the right people for your band! (Don’t forget to specify your requirements when sending out the announcements for auditions.)
2. If the auditions didn’t work, scout for talents in local shows or open mic events.
If you did not find anyone among the auditionees who fits your band needs, it’s time to move on to other venues. Scout for talents by going to local establishments that feature live musical shows. You may also want to look for talents in local shows. One of the best venues for talent scouting is open mic events.
3. Decide which genre your band will focus on.
Once you’ve completed your band members, sit down with the group and talk about what genre you are going to focus on. An ideal way of doing this is by asking each member to bring a sample of their favorite song, and then you all listen to each of the songs. This will give all of you an idea or ideas about the style that your band will adopt. Everyone in the group should agree to the genre you will pick. It has to be a mutual decision. Most of all, each band member should be comfortable playing the chosen genre.
4. Finally, decide on the look you want.
After deciding on your band’s genre, it’s time to establish your look. This should complement the type of music you will be playing. Again, sit down with the rest of the group and come up with a mutual decision.
After these four initial steps, the most practical thing to do is practice. Practice, practice, and practice!