Ready to start your own band? Dream of playing in front of a screaming audience? There’s only one question, how do you find the right individuals to help you realize your vision?
People start bands in many of ways. A few important considerations to think about before you form a group. One, are you are looking for active contributors or people to help you realize your personal vision. Two, do you want to start a band with your friends or find complete strangers.
The most obvious way to start a band is by looking around at the people in your life. Asking around already-established social circles is perhaps the most common way of finding like-minded people. However, it’s not the only way.
Networking at Shows
Going to shows is a great opportunity to find potential bandmates. Along with playing and creating, performances are typically a kind of watering hole for players who are looking for their own creative inspiration.
If you are looking to create a band with a specific sound, finding like-minded individuals at shows is a great way to establish someone is into the same genres as you.
Open mics are a great opportunity to find musicians who are not currently in bands. Many musicians who play are often solo therefore, they use open mics to showcase their talent. It’s a good bet the singer/songwriter on the stage is available for collaboration.
Surf The Web
Another exciting way to find musicians is through community board services like Craigslist. Put up a description of the type of band you want to create, and see who responds. This is a great way to recruit members if you’re looking for a specific sound.
Services like Craigslist are also exciting because they offer a chance to expand your creative network with people you don’t know. Meaning, you could develop new friends or learn something completely new.
However, one thing all these methods is missing is being able to hear how someone plays firsthand. A common thread among musicians is hanging out at music stores. You can hear how someone plays and decide if you both could possibly work well together.
Consider Music Workshops
Music workshops are something else to consider. Workshops focused around learning a specific musical skill or genre will certainly only be filled with musicians. Therefore, you could have tons of options for who to approach about starting a new band.
There’s an App for That
Lastly, technology and social media are quickly becoming the most popular way for musicians to create bands. Posting on Facebook or Instagram allows your request to be found by thousands of people.
Additionally, apps and websites such as Bandmix allows you to create a profile displaying your desires, influences, and more to find the right people to start a band.
Have you tried one of these methods for starting a band? Do you have any other tips for how to find members for your new band? Comment below!