More random thoughts on a late night, this time thinking back to the days when I was in a band (or two)…
If you’re reading this blog, surely you’ve thought about starting a band at some point in your life. Whether you dreamed of playing to sold-out stadiums, or simply to hacking a few local gigs to wow the local scene, it’s all about sharing (and showing off) talent. Actually starting a band can be both hugely exciting and incredibly painful. Here are some pitfalls many of us have faced when starting a band.
Band Member Goals
Are all the band members’ goals aligned? It’s important to ensure that all members of the band are on the same page. How often will the band practice? What kind of music will the band play? How will the band split songwriting credits? Who plays what? Bands require compromise, but if everyone has different goals, the band’s toast.
Band Member Chops ‘n’ Skills
Playing music requires expertise. Of some kind anyway. (There are a ton of stories of unimpressive musicianship achieving success, but in reality, most successful bands are made up o f incredibly talented and/or charismatic musicians.) Performance experience helps as well. Some people are naturally charismatic. Hopefully, if a band member is stage shy, it’s the keyboard player, and not the lead singer. And hopefully, if a musician is “faking” skill on stage, it’s your percussionist, and not your lead guitarist. (No offence to any Wooden Spoon players out there.)