Starting a band

If you enjoy music and play an instrument, chances are that you have thought about starting a band as well. Even though the idea is enticing, if you plan to form a band, you have to prepare for it – there are many aspects you have to consider before you are ready to rock.

Sound and Visuals
Before you even start the quest of finding other members, you have to think about what you want to play and how you want to look. Visuals are an important aspect of every band, so this step is crucial. A visual identity is what will make you – well, you. This doesn’t mean that all members will be required to wear uniforms, it just means that you should match your style.

The key questions to ask here are:
• What genre of music do you want to play? Who will listen to you?
• Will you be high energy, or mellow, positive or aggressive?
• Do you want to perform in bars, pubs, or are you aiming at bigger venues?

You don’t necessarily need to limit yourself to a single genre, as there is a great deal of alternative genres and chances are that you will change as you grow, but working out what direction you want to go in will help you determine many details. Once you have decided on genre, target audience, style and performance, there are more questions to answer:
• What instruments do you need to make this happen?
• How many people will you require and what type of line-up do you want?
• How should the people in your band look, how do you want people to see you?

Once you know what instruments you need, what members you are missing and what style you will have, you can start research others.

Research Other Bands and Learn from Them
In order to really nail the visuals and presentation, you have to learn from others. Find bands that you aspire to, and take notes on their style, appearance, presentation, their brand, basically.

It’s also important to take a look at bands that are not that successful. Learning from the mistakes of others is the best way to avoid making those mistakes.

Band Members, Band Goals and Commitment
Searching for other band members is hard. You might have friends you started this project with, but chances are, you are missing at least one or two members. Whether there are more of you or you are searching alone, the most important rule here is that all the members have to share the same goals. You have to agree on the style, genre, rehearsal time, presentation, visuals, everything. Commitment has to be clear from the very beginning.

Practice and Rehearsal
Before you can practice and rehearse, you need materials to do so. You don’t have to start writing songs and lyrics immediately, but you have to form a set list.

This isn’t a one-man job, everyone should contribute. Share your ideas with the rest of your band and tell them to include at least 3 more songs they want to rehearse.

You will need time to adjust, and you will need time to grow as a band. The first rehearsal is the hardest, but you should have at least a few songs rehearsed at the end of it. Establish a goal and explain what all the upcoming rehearsals will be about.

Conclusion: Forming a Band Takes Time

Most importantly, have patience, as forming a band takes a while, and you might nail it from the very start, but you might also have to search for other members if someone leaves. Be prepared to commit, invest every minute, and work on promoting your band as soon as you have a decent set list.