If you thought about starting a band for a long time but didn’t have the courage, perhaps these ideas and tips can help you with the process. If music is your passion and you want to play for the masses, there is no better moment than now to start living your dream. Here is how to do it:
Step 1: Find your bandmates
You need your enthusiasm to be shared by at least two or three other members to form a cool band, so look for people who sing and play all day long, without looking for a profit out of it.
People who play an instrument or sing just for the sake of it are more valuable because they are driven 100% by their passion and by how music makes them feel. Traditionally, any band has a guitarist, a drummer, a bassist, and a singer, but there are many other variations, depending on the sound you’re looking for.
You can also integrate horn players, pianists, violinists, or those who play more than one instrument. Or, the lead singer can also be the guitarist. No matter the formation, make sure your band clicks, and all the members get along well.
If you’re still short on people, one easy way to find your future band members is to make posters or post ads online. Talk about the sound and what kind of musicians you’re looking for. Don’t be afraid to host auditions until you find the perfect match or go out on a scout yourself. Generally, bars and venues that host open music nights and talent shows are a good place to start.
Step 2: Find a cool name
Or an unusual name. Or something that doesn’t even make sense. No matter your option, the band is what represents you, so it should be unique, just like its members.
The band’s name should also be easy to pronounce in any language and not rhyme with obvious offensive or bad words. You also want to refrain from choosing a name that is open to jokes, especially if you want to be taken seriously by your fans and by recording labels. Pick something sexy, pick something a bit obscure, and, for what it’s worth, stick to one-two words.
Sure, you can find exceptions in any field, and Five Finger Death Punch or Red Hot Chili Peppers are all great band names. On the other hand, so is Queen, The Scorpions, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Abba, Mötley Crüe, and others.
Step 3: Have the right attire
A band needs good instruments, so make sure you’re up for spending several thousands of dollars on recording equipment and high-tech instruments, as well as amps and other accessories. The drum set Alesis DM6 should be a good start for drummers, while guitarists can always rely on instruments from Ibanez or Yamaha if they cannot afford the limited editions of the Les Paul Gibson guitars.
Step 4: Find a place to practice
Many popular bands started playing in old garages or house basements, so don’t dismiss these opportunities if you cannot afford to rent a professional studio or build one in your home. The key behind any practice space is to have good acoustics and to be big enough to fit all your equipment, without having to constantly watch the wires and the gear.
You should be ready for long playing sessions, especially before a gig or when you’re trying to come up with a new song, which means space should also include a couch and a few chairs to rest your eyes once in a while.
And, if you’re using a space near other people, soundproofing the room should be your number one concern. Don’t forget that you can also play with your headphones on but only when you’re practicing alone.
Step 5: Write music
Don’t be afraid to experiment with new sounds, instruments, or effects, as long as the final version of the song sounds good for you. Write down every piece of music that pops into your head or brainstorm for ideas with the help of your band members. Rewrite every solo and part of the song until it sounds right and embrace critics from your family members and close friends.
If you already established a fanbase, you can also ask them for help or for their opinion, to make sure the results are what you were looking for.