Getting a band together

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by LennyPenny, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. LennyPenny


    Mar 14, 2011
    Hi all,
    I'd like to start a band in the forseeable future but haven't got a clue where to begin.
    There's a music store (Leo Caerts, maybe some of you heard from them, they're pretty well-known) where I live and there are always some band adds hanging on the counter but I reckon there's got to be more ways. So if you guys have any tips, that'd be very much appreciated!

    Also, I live in three different cities that are pretty far apart (divorced parents + school).
    I study in Antwerp so that's where I stay the most, but then again I don't have that much free time here.

    To cut things short: I'm aware that there isn't one right way to get a band together and to deal with any situations we might have to deal with. Still, do you have any advice for me on going about the whole endeavor?
    If there are stories involved about the early days of your own bands, please do tell :)
  2. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member

    Antwerp as in Antwerp, Belgium? I wouldn't know the particulars of what resources you have there. Craigslist is the most common networking for musicians here in the US, I don't know if it's active in Belgium or if you have an equivalent. Since you're in university, there must be student bands and people studying music, see if you can go to their events and concerts and see what's going on. Go to bars and clubs with live music and introduce yourself to the bands during breaks, ask if they know anyone who's looking to join a new band, or let them know you play in case they ever need a sub. Sit in at open mics if there are any around and introduce yourself to the other musicians there.
  3. LennyPenny


    Mar 14, 2011
    It's not really a university, more a specialized institute for applied linguistics, so there is no option to study music. If you want to study music, therre really isn't an alternative beside the conservatorium (if you call it that in English).
    And as far as I know, there isn't such a thing like Craigslist here.

    Still, thanks for the advice, guess I'm going to have to up the ante on my people skills :p