Are you a passionate musician who is planning to form a new band? If yes, then you must be looking for the right musicians that can support and help your band to the path of success. Isn’t it?
Needless to say, the performance, success, fame, and recognition of your band is nothing but a collective team effort. That’s why it’s important that you pick the right musicians who are skilled, 100% committed, and ready to fulfill the goals and milestones of your band.
However, picking the right musicians for any band is not an easy task. But, please do not worry as here’re some excellent tips for you to follow. Please take a look at these five tips when it comes to selecting the best and right musicians for your new band.
1. Look for the right person
Wondering where you should look for the right musician for your new band? Well, you can put up a notice at a local music club/store and you may even search for online. For example, Facebook, Craigslist, Flint, and social media platforms are a good source where you can find the right and like-minded musicians.
2. Personality & mindset
Of course, the musicians you are selecting for your new band must have appropriate skillset and quality. Apart from their musical skills and traits, please take a close look at their personality and mindset. For example, you should check whether the person is serious and committed enough, if he/she is passionate and devoted if the musician understands the goals and success parameters of your band, and if he/she believes in the team effort, etc.
Please note that personality clashes among the band members aren’t expected. That’s why you must assess the above points very precisely and minutely when selecting a potential member for your new band.
3. Background and quality
If the mindset of your new band member matches your expectation, you can now judge his/her past music background and skills. If required, you can ask for a quick audition or arrange a brief informal interview session with him/her.
4. Assess the pros and cons
Well, you have already assessed both musical skills and personal traits of the band member already. Hence, you must now be ready to assess their pros and cons. A band member may have great musical skills but his/her mindset is completely different than that of yours. This situation is not recommended as it may lead to future personality clashes.
The goal is to select the right persons and help them improve their overall skills (if required) for ensuring the best performance of the band.
5. Do not be emotional
Emotional judgment is not ever wanted, especially when you are picking up the right musicians for your new band. Be objective and rational. Please be 100% sure about your decision. Your ideal band members should have a similar mindset and personality, they should be ready to take new challenges, flexible enough to improve/adjust their music skills when required, and believes in working as a team for the band’s overall success.
Anne Rimmer is a musician. She and her band plays in various venues. She also produces and writes songs in which she helps out other new and aspiring musicians.