Do you fancy your chances being in a band? Here’s some tips to get you on your way.
Not got a band yet?
If you're are an aspiring musician or singer looking for a band, the best thing is to ask around. Often your friends, music teachers or tutors know about other people who love music and might want to join your band.
Thinking up a name can be tricky. Don’t fall out over it, but having a name for your band is pretty important if you want people to remember you. Changing your band’s name every week might seem like fun, but how are your fans supposed to keep track of what’s going on?
When you have a band name, do a bit of research on the internet to check that someone else hasn’t already got it. Once you've decided on one that hasn't been taken already, register it on different social media platforms!
A lot of venues won’t have you play a gig with them until they’ve heard a demo, so it's often worth spending a bit of time on this.
Use your best songs for your demo, and make sure they sound good. You can use a digital multitrack, or if you have a bit of cash, book a day at a studio. If you’ve not done any studio stuff before, get help from someone that knows what they’re doing.
You could also use free online sites to showcase your music. You could create your own Soundcloud and upload some of your tracks. You could also use YouTube if you make any home-made videos to go with your songs.
Get your friends and family to give you their honest opinion on your performances. Really push them to pick out your weaknesses, and don’t get annoyed if you don’t like the criticisms you might get.
Build up contacts at gigs. If people come up and talk to you about your set, be friendly – they could turn out to be journalists or from a music label, but even if they’re not, it’s important to be nice to potential fans.
Advice from other bands
Get advice from other bands or musicians. Ask them how they went about getting gigs, or how they write songs. If you know bands who have signed record deals or even just been in discussions with record labels, get all the gossip – it’s all useful to know.
When starting out, there often isn’t much need for a band to have a manager, but there’s usually a band member willing to take up the role of booking gigs and being the point of contact for the band.
But don’t worry about not having a manager, because plenty of bands get signed without one.
Practice, practice, practice
To build up your confidence playing live try smaller venues around town, performing at open mic nights or get gigs playing for your family and friends’ birthdays, weddings, or at your school or youth club.
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