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The Easy Guide on How to Start a Band

    You look up to the greats like Led Zeppelin and the Beatles and wonder how you too can leave an impact on music. Well, starting a band is the first step and it’s much easier than you may think.

    With the right drive and mindset, you’ll be on your way to making music history. It’s just important to get a start today.

    Are you ready to learn how to start a band? Let’s do a mic check and learn what you can do today to be rocking out tomorrow.

    Find Some Bandmates

    Bandmates can be found in almost any place. Looking at the origin stories of popular bands can give you a great idea of how finding bandmates can happen when you least expect it.

    Take Paramore for example. Hayley Williams unexpectedly met Zac and Josh Farro at a home-schooling event and the rest is history.

    While you may stumble upon potential bandmates in this way, there is also other ways that you can find them.

    In the past, magazine and newspaper ads were often used when seeking bandmates.

    Today, you can connect with so many like-minded people online.

    A great way to do that is by joining Facebook groups or putting out a message calling for bandmates on Twitter. This gives others the opportunity to connect with you easily and see if you can be a good fit.

    Another way to find bandmates is to look at people within your life. Do any of them play music or have a deep interest in music? If they do, you can propose the idea of starting a band to them.

    They might just be all for it!

    Don’t forget to assess their skills, such as with an instrument. Hold auditions or ask them to show you a piece that they played or even wrote. This can give you a great idea of their skill level and style.

    Choose the Right Name

    With a group of like-minded bandmates who are as eager to start making original music as you are, you’ll need a name for yourselves.

    This is a step that can’t really be coached aside from giving you ideas and inspiration. You’ll want to make your band name original, easy to remember, and impactful.

    This is the name you’ll be sticking with for your music career, so you want to make sure that it’s one that you love and all agree on.

    You can use so much as inspiration to come up with a band name. Use these prompts to help get your creative juices flowing:

    • Consider anagrams of your names or a combination of your names
    • Draw inspiration from a video game that you all love
    • Look for dictionary words that you can put your own spin on or make them sound cool
    • Think about your sound or goals and use that to draw name inspiration
    • Take insipration from other bands or music that you enjoy

    There are many other ways to find inspiration for your band name, but this is a great way to start.

    Find Your Style

    There are so many musical styles to choose from, and the great thing is that you don’t just have to stick to one. With your bandmates, you’ll be able to create a sound that is authentically you.

    Through collaboration, you can decide together what works for each song and what doesn’t. So, if you don’t have a genre to stick with yet, don’t panic.

    In fact, some of the best music doesn’t conform to just one genre. You can get even more creative by incorporating many genres into one song.

    As long as you put your heart and soul into it, you’ll find an audience that resonates with your music.

    Practice Makes Perfect

    With bandmates and a name, it’s time to practice together. It’s important to learn the techniques and skills of your bandmates and practice performing together.

    By doing this, you’ll get some great experience and learn how to play with bandmates. This can help you put on a great show when it comes time to play in front of live audiences.

    Don’t forget to find a good place to practice. You can use a basement or a garage if you have one or even rent out spaces to play.

    Write Music

    You’ve found your bandmates, picked a name, and learned how you play best together. Now you’re ready to write some original music.

    There’s not much guidance that we can give you here as each band will have something different in mind for their music.

    But the best way to write music that you love playing is to listen to lots of other music. Know what you like and what you don’t like, and always try to innovate.

    Innovation can help set you apart from other acts and help your band stand out in a crowd.

    Find Business Contacts

    While bands typically handle all of the creative side, there is a business side that you need to consider as well.

    You’ll want to have a good team of people once you start to make it big so that you can get a start on the right foot. A good person to have on your team is a lawyer.

    They can help you with things like trademark and copyright as well as dealing with any other legal issues as they arise.

    Having an accountant is another great idea. They can help you manage the funds of your band and make sure that you’re on the right track financially.

    A marketing team is also a great way to get yourself out there and promoted, but it’s also possible for you to do this yourself in the beginning stages. As your band gets bigger and gets more fans you can get a team.

    Now You Know How to Start a Band

    Starting a band could be the next great adventure for you. With the right determination and skills, you’ll be on your way to playing music for so many around the world in no time.

    Don’t forget to come back here and tell us all about your success!

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