How important is it getting the right mix of personalities in a band ? Is it just that if everyone performs well then that is enough? So long as they turn up on time and play what they need to then why would there need to be any more? I have always found it a lot better if the band gels as a group of people, with everyone taking responsibility and everyone relaxed and comfortable enough for some more intuitive communication to take place.... ...very hard to get this going if there is control freak in the band, or just someone with an ego problem ( might have drink/drugs issue, or just be very self absorbed )....people like that will put their own agenda before that of the band, usually using the thing as vehicle to draw attention to themselves. It is a paradox, an oxymoron, as a lot of people play music in the first place partly motivated because they want attention (myself included, I do enjoy the ego boost when a woman compliments my playing or good looks ;-) )but when this goes too far it just becomes destructive....it is far more a compiment for me when someone says the band sounds great. I am the MD in this band I am in. Just got a new guitarist and no-one has a serious ego problem so I want to make the most of this situation. I want to get the band to the point where everyone is thinking about how to get the whole thing sounding better, and where we can get some real (as opposed to faux) intuition going on between the players......hoping to have a chance now that the big egos are out of the picture....what I have found is that some people are more "feel" players rather than "mechanical" and only some personalities can really do the "feel" thing, with some who will pose as doing the "feel" thing but cannot really do it. Hard to pin down I know... Any thoughts, anyone?