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Any advice on starting a band?

StJimmy
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hey, has anyone got any advice on starting a band. me and a friend have been trying to find people for about 3 months now. as someone who is a teenager and lives in pretty much middle of no where we are struggling to find anyone lol. does anyone have any advice on finding anyone?
2nick3
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There are a couple of threads on this already:

https://www.bigbasstabs.com/forum.html?threadsearch=start+a+band

No idea how “middle of no where” you are, but there are usually places that have Open Mic nights where you can find others who are looking for a band. As teenagers that can be a bit challenging, but I know of one bar local to me that allows under-age in to perform.

CraigsList and Facebook Marketplace are used for finding band members, but there's the associated risks with both approaches - you don't really know someone online.

And if you're still in school you can ask around through the student population, or if there's a music teacher/band director they may be able to help you find others to form a band.
DON’T FORM A BAND FROM COMMITTEE. Every band has a visionary (or two). It’s best if, when starting a band, you don’t allow too many cooks in the kitchen. One of the most common mistakes original or cover bands make is not having a cohesive sound or “style”. This is almost always the result of input from too many members. Establish the band, the style and some of your policies and plans BEFORE you open the door to band votes and brain storming sessions.

HAVE A CLEAR VISION for what you want to accomplish. I personally believe that for any band to succeed and for it’s artist to hold on to some simulation of a normal life, it should be run almost like a business. Indeed, the most successful bands have a visionary and an entrepreneurial member (sometimes in one person, often in two).

DEVELOP A BRAND in your marketing and your performance. There’s something you do that no one else does, focus on that and bring it to the surface of your marketing materials (videos, images, social media). Let it help define you and set you apart from your peers and competition.

PLAN MORE THAN YOU PRACTICE. My motto is “measure twice, cut once”. This applies to both the business and the artistic aspects of your music endeavors. Starting a music career or hobby is no different than a “goal” or a “small business”. It requires a clear plan and a solid commitment to carrying out that plan.

KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE AND KNOW YOURSELF. Song selection or song writing is a science AND an art. You should let it flow from you naturally, yes, but how many artist have inspired you who are not educated and articulate with their writing or performance. Know who YOU are as an artist, then consider what your music and performance will do for your audience. Surround yourself with like minded and similarly talented individuals who can help your music thrive!
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hey, has anyone got any advice on starting a band. me and a friend have been trying to find people for about 3 months now. as someone who is a teenager and lives in pretty much middle of no where we are struggling to find anyone lol. does anyone have any advice on finding anyone?

im searching people to make a band HAHA, im Claudia and im 13, im from Peru and i play the bass, im starting but it would be cool if we make a band and practice togeter

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