So you've found other musicians willing to start a new project, but are they a good fit for your band?
A jam session is a great way to audition people to see if they will be a good fit for your band. Here's a tip, trust your gut, if it doesn't feel right then move on immediately! Here are 4 things to look for in new band members.
1. No Flakes! Reliability is big deal in a DIY Garageband. If a band member can't be bothered to respond to a phone call, text or email in a reasonable amount of time, you may want to keep looking. You don't want to be at a venue 5 mins before you're supposed to play & you can't find your bassist. Move on!
2. How good are you? Ideally you want to have other musicians who are equally skilled if not better than you. A skilled musician can elevate everyone else around them but be careful, alternatively the bad ones will bring you down. So just because he's your singers little bro, If He Sucks - He Gots To Go!
3. Artistic Differences. You may have heard about bands who break up using this term as the reason but what does that really mean? Well, If you're an original rock band destined for bright lights & stardom it might be hard to get there with someone who's really looking to play cover tunes in their spare time. So make sure everyone has the same goals in mind when it comes to musical direction as well as a career trajectory.
4. Band rules. You need to decide early on how you're going manage your band, this could mean establishing a set of ground rules. Maybe you can all agree to rules like; sober rehearsals, fines for being late, no guests at rehearsal etc.