Just how dedicated to your band are you? More importantly, How dedicated are your band mates? Are you getting into the band rehearsal room on a regular basis?
With out a doubt one of the toughest parts of starting a band is simply finding other people that are 100% committed to pursuing music with the same enthusiasm that you have.
Bands often start enthusiastic enough. The simple excitement of writing a song and learning your instrument in the early days is generally enough to sustain a level of excitement amongst band members.
Over time that band then begins playing gigs and thoughts of actually taking their music somewhere begin to form and inspire the band. This dreaming phase is a beautiful time in any bands life.
The possibilities are endless and the drive with in the band is generally at an all time high. Your friends make the effort to come out to your 1st shows and you actually play in front of a decent crowd. This phase generally lasts a good year or so, its then that things seem to get interesting.
After writing their 1st generation songs and gigging in Perth for a year or so that initial enthusiasm can begin to be replaced by complacency. Often there has been no success at JJJ, that elusive support slot has yet to eventuate and friends are no longer coming to shows.
Its during this phase that the weaker band members start to lose focus and start making excuses for not making it to rehearsal or worse not making shows (insert excuse here) – Their dedication to the band begins to wain. This is often a long drawn out process that starts slowly and negatively impacts the bands ability to move forward.
It becomes harder to write songs, you play less gigs and the whole momentum of the band can now only go as fast as the weakest member who is slowly but surly dragging the band down with their lack of passion. This leads to frustration between the band members who are pulling their weight and the one(s) who aren’t.
If you play in a band with a person who fits this description then get rid of them. They are bringing your band down and you will never fulfil your goals with this sort of member in your band. I know this sounds brutal especially as friendships are usually involved but there is nothing worse than a person who likes the ‘idea’ of being in a band but simply isn’t willing to put in the time and effort required to make it.
You want to make sure you surround yourself with positive, enthusiastic and driven bandmates. People that share a really genuine love for music. People who share the same musical goals as you and are willing to do the little 1 percenter’s to help push the band forward in the band rehearsal room as well as all the other aspects of being a muso.
These sort of bandmates are truly rare. I can safely say that Gyroscope’s strongest attribute was our dedication to each other. We all spurred each other on to make sure we were always working hard to reach out potential. Great band members are worth their weight in gold, so give them a high five when you see them next as your already along way in front of bands without a stable foundation of members.
Don’t forget guys that simply having the right members is only 75% of the job done. Having the right work ethic and dedication to fulfilling your goals will ultimately provide you with the best chance of success. Most of all just get into the band rehearsal room and have fun. You can’t beat writing new songs with your buddies.
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