Making a Band

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by teamsmash, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. teamsmash

    teamsmash Guest

    What's happinin TB community!

    I got a problem,
    I'm a bass player, and i sing ok, but my original guitar & drum players turned out to be real :rollno:. I now need to rebuild the band and get back on my feet. However, i am a pretty broad ranged guy, so i need some advise on what musical direction to take my band. There are so f%^&king many ways to go! I'm gonna lead this group, so how do I get started????
  2. Isn't there a show on MTV about this?
  3. teamsmash

    teamsmash Guest

    hehe i dunno
    any real advise?
  4. bassflyer19


    Nov 18, 2008
    if your looking for members(gui****, drummer, etc.) check out a local music store. they often have a board where you can post a wanted sign or look at some people looking to join a band.

    as for music, you should do Dora the Explorer tunes. jk, do whatever you feel the best playing and what you have the most fun playing.
  5. teamsmash

    teamsmash Guest

    yeah, the old group was pretty good w/ an alt rock sound.......
  6. Mesmerize-16

    Mesmerize-16 Guest

    Aug 31, 2007
    so keep the same sound. alt rock can go so many different ways, it will allow you to experiment a lot.
  7. teamsmash

    teamsmash Guest

    yeah, i like the white stripes minimal yet powerful type sound, but at the same time, that kind of music has limitations. advice?
  8. mwiles30


    Dec 31, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
    Hey man, it's YOUR band, why do we have to tell you what to do with it?

    Anyway, guitar trio's are always great and a ton of fun to play in (as long as the guitar player is good).
  9. YCBass


    Aug 29, 2007
    I've been in your shoes a few times Bro... The way I went about it was... Let me see...

    1. Determine what kind of band you're looking for, a general sound, list some influences to get in the ballpark.

    2. Put out ads - Craigslist, Recycler & Myspace helped me put together my current band. I found every single member of my band this way. We're on our 3rd drummer, when we replaced our 1st I was able to bring in 10 guys to audition, this last time I had like 14 potentials but we found our guy after bringing in only 5. This is our 2nd keyboard player - when the original guy left I only found 2 and neither of them worked out. The band sat out for a year and this time around I found 4 and sure enough 1 of them was perfect. It's all about organization, diligence, timing, patience & a little luck.

    3. When you talk to potential players, express what you want out of the situation (commitment & goals) and make sure they're on board with that. Don't get too deep or neurotic about it (like me) and scare people away. Just tell them that it always has to be fun but you're looking for something more in the long run (I say this assuming that is what you want, if not then vice versa).

    Have fun with this... It can (and probably will) get frustrating but it'll pay off in the end. My band is my proudest project to date and the new members just brought a whole new sense of excitement to all of us - I really feel like we're better than ever - as musicians and friends.

    As far as writing music, given you find the right people then you should be able to trust your bandmates with tunes you write and know that they will do what's right for it - if not, then it's part of being a band/friends to work together and get the best music out of everyone.

    Good luck and have fun! Keep us posted.
  10. baalroo

    baalroo Guest

    Mar 24, 2008
    Wichita, KS
    I don't understand what the OP is asking. Advice on what?

    If you think it's appropriate to ask a bunch of strangers what your music should sound like, then you're probably best off covering Top 40s tunes at cougar filled airport lounges.
    ArdBahss likes this.
  11. teamsmash

    teamsmash Guest

    YCbass pretty much hit the nail on the head, thanks.
    I'll keep this thing updated.
  12. ForSix

    ForSix Guest

    Jul 22, 2008
    If you want a lot of gigs start a salsa band.
  13. tycobb73


    Jul 23, 2006
    Grand Rapids MI
    Why does it have to be your band? Put an ad up looking to join an existing band and see what replies get your juices turning.