Tackling a new recording project can be a daunting task even for the most experienced musician... but there's a light at the end of the tunnel. I've created a resource guide for DIY musicians to quickly get started with their recording process and provided a guide to help to keep your focus on completing your song or album.
Just about every band has one, maybe even two or maybe it's you?! Anyone would love to be in a band as their primary source of income... living the proverbial dream. For some, that dream is a tangible goal & they'll work their ass off to achieve it! For others, it's a fantasy best lived out in the rehearsal room or local bars on the weekend. What separates the weekend warriors from the hard core musicians is where they decide to place the band on the priority list of life.
When you first start out as a band you're live shows are probably going to suck. However, with each show comes another opportunity to work out the kinks, improve your stage presence & musicianship. Above all else you need to make sure that your music is performed to the best of your ability. If little Johnny can't remember his parts and the band as a whole is off beat & out of tune, don't even think about playing a show yet! Get back into the rehearsal studio & keep practicing.
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.
Instruments? Check! Bandmates? Check! Great songs? umm...
At this point you should have a solid lineup for your band, possibly a band name but most importantly you should be writing your own music. You have? Great! Now pick your 3 best songs because it's time to record a demo! In actuality what you're doing is something called pre-production and this is how you’ll be able to tell if your songs are any good or if you’re really all tone deaf from rehearsing at full volume… by the way, don’t do that.
So you’ve started a band, great. What now? Jam Session!
Believe it or not, starting a band was the easy part, keeping a band together is where it gets really difficult. You’ll be able to tell real quick if people are going to be a good fit for your band once you start jamming together. At the end of the day you're really just looking for people who can play their instrument well and people who share the same career goals as you. The las thing you need are members who don’t take the band as seriously as you do. Here's a tip; trust your gut, if it doesn't feel right then move on, Immediately!