Forming a band in the hopes of making you famous can often be daunting, since it takes a lot of work and all members must work and dedicate themselves equally and be on the same page. However, the tips in this article will help you be successful much sooner. You will also have to find people who won't give up, even if they don't think it's possible.
Part 1 of 7: Get started
Step 1. Find a band you can join or create a new one
There are many ways to achieve this goal. First, put up flyers that say you are looking to form a band (do an interview or audition). If you know what genre of music you want to play, decide what types of instruments you will need and be sure to mention who or what you are looking for in the brochure (for example, you can write that you are looking for a jazz trumpeter). Also, put the brochures in places where you can get the best results. For example, posting brochures to search for rock musicians in a jazz cafe won't help you get many responses.
Step 2. Organize auditions until you find the perfect person for you
You may need to interview the musicians to learn about their musical interests and work ethic, as well as make sure they are compatible.
Part 2 of 7: Have Practice Sessions
Step 1. Find a place where you can practice
Make sure the place is accessible to everyone and easy to use. If the practice area is within a 30 minute drive for the drummer, they may get tired of having to charge and discharge the battery over and over again.
Step 2. Practice just to perfect yourself and know your skills
If you practice for a jazz band, go somewhere quiet enough to practice.
Step 3. Practice a lot when you form the band
Make sure the practices are productive. If they sit around all the time talking about the latest sports game, the band will not be successful unless they are very lucky.
Part 3 of 7: Developing Your Own Style
Step 1. Start discovering your sound
Often times this will happen once the band starts working together and coming together. The style of each person will merge with the rest to form a unique sound.
Step 2. Create the group image
This includes an interesting name for the band and wearing certain clothing for live shows. If someone hears a hardcore band on stage that sounds great and then sees a group of middle-aged men with beer bellies wearing sleeveless shirts and shorts, they might be disheartened. People will look to see an outfit that matches what they hear.
Step 3. Determine who is the best to write the music
Many bands have one or two members who take care of writing the basics for each song, and then let the rest do it from there. Other bands can write while playing with the whole group, although this may take longer.
Part 4 of 7: Record and Play Live
Step 1. Record a musical demo once you have a decent set of songs
If you have serious intentions with the band and have the necessary funds, consider reserving time in a recording studio. This option is expensive compared to recording on tape, but the quality will be much better and could lead to the band receiving more frequent hires. Also, you will have a good quality recording to play back for your family and friends until you can record an album.
Step 2. Start with small introductions
Call local clubs and ask if you can play. Find parties where you can play. If you are a student at the school, sign up for a talent show or ask if you can play for your classmates during lunch. By starting small, you can get an idea of how your audience reacts, what to do when you have a chance to put on bigger shows, and earn some spending money.
Step 3. Look in the classifieds
These announcements often have a section where club managers and event planners post event information. These events will often be paid for, and are an ideal way to expose your band to the public.
Part 5 of 7: Progress
Step 1. Find a representative
Reps know how the industry works and who to talk to.
Step 2. Invest in study time once you have more money to spend
A few hours in a studio with expert engineers can do wonders. If your band has performed and practiced regularly together, surely they can go from one song to the next as if they were in a show. The Animals' “House of the Rising Sun” was recorded in one take because they had performed the song on so many tours that they already played it perfectly. Once you have a quality recording of the band, send it to record companies and radio stations. You can also burn CDs and sell them in your presentations.
Part 6 of 7: Promote Your Band
Step 1. Create web pages for the band
Myspace.com is an ideal way to expose your band to the public, and there are many other sites with similar programs that are free and work very well. As much as you don't want to offer your music for free, it really does pay off! Just remember that not many famous bands started with a Myspace page.
- Make some kind of website for the band and upload downloadable content so that people all over the world can listen to your music. In addition, he publishes videos of the shows offered by the band on YouTube. This is very useful for your band to become popular.
Step 2. Tell everyone about your band
Talk to your family, friends and the people you know at McDonald’s. Gain as much exposure as you can.
Step 3. Make a poster with a photo of the band and the information of the show, once you get to be part of a great presentation
You can create about 20 copies for a good price and distribute them in the city. This will get people's attention and make more of them come to the show.
Step 4. Sell cheap tickets for small shows in small clubs or parks
Part 7 of 7: Looking to the future
Step 1. Forget your nerves and dedicate yourself to having fun
If you are stage frightened, find a dark spot in the back of the venue where you can look whenever you feel nervous. This way, you will not be disturbed by cheerful fans.
Step 2. Keep practicing above all else
You may have to rewrite or redirect songs as the band and sound evolve. This is normal, and it will provide you with something new and exciting to play, as well as giving fans something to look forward to. Also, don't be overconfident or arrogant and stop practicing. If you want to have a good band, remember to practice a lot.
- Practice hard and help each other.
- Practice writing the songs, as this is often the biggest difficulty for many bands.
- If you have a YouTube account, you can record your band and post it. You will be surprised to see how many views the video receives.
- Form a band with friends so that no one steals your songs or lyrics that you work on.
- If your friends can play an instrument well and want to join your band, even better!
- Make your group different from the rest to gain more notoriety.
- Post some song cover videos to get started.
- Have some kind of skill that anyone needs so that no one will kick you out of the band.
- Plan ahead who will play each instrument and what the name of the band will be.
- Set up or have a home recording studio for the demos.
- Don't boss people around just to be the leader.
- If you perform at shows, make sure you do it legally and in places that music critics or the like usually visit.
- Take your band to the local park and put on a show, as people might start taking photos or videos with their phones. Ask if they would like to buy band items or if they know of a place where you can perform with your band.
- Remember not to be authoritarian. Otherwise, the members will get upset and kick you out, and you will be left without a band. Give everyone in the gang equal power.
- Be a team and be united. Otherwise, the band will disintegrate.
- Don't rush to finish a song while recording. Take your time until the song sounds perfect for you.
- Prepare to work hard.
- Make sure you love music.
- Don't break instruments at recitals, unless you can afford the expense of replacement.
- Forming a band takes a lot of commitment.
- Accept the rejection.
- Nobody likes clichés. Be original!
- Don't overdo everything.
- The steps are not as simple as they seem.
- You may not get along with all the members of the band.