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Considering forming a band? It doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Though it takes a lot of hard work and coordination, having a group of musicians to work with can be a great way to boost your confidence, make connections, and have fun. It’s not something you’ll be able to do it overnight, though, but taking the time to do things right will help you succeed. Here are the ten steps you need to take to get the ball rolling to start your band.

Find the Right Bandmates

When it comes to forming a band, you want to pick members carefully. It’s essential that you have a positive relationship with your bandmates, as you’ll be spending a lot of time with them. Additionally, it’s important to think about each member’s individual skills and musical style, as this will help determine the sound and genre of your band. While it is possible to find people to just play casually with, it’s best to think strategically when deciding who to join your project. Take into consideration how each person’s personality and talents suit the band and which people may not be the right fit.

Figure Out Your Signature Sound

Do you know what makes your band stand out from the millions of other rock groups? The Rolling Stones, Metallica, and Aerosmith all have unique sounds that become recognizable within just a few notes. To develop a signature sound, try experimenting and getting creative with your music. Check out how the band Mute Prophet got their sound, and don’t be afraid to fail; it’s where you’ll learn the most. Try everything once and see what works for your band.

Find a Place to Practice

You’ll need to find a place that is both safe and soundproofed to avoid being fined for noise violations. Brainstorm to come up with places where you can practice and be loud – consider a garage or basement. If you have the money and are looking for something more professional, you may want to look into churches, music venues prior to opening, or even professional practice spaces. Think outside the box to come up with a spot for you to make noise.

Start to Write Your Songs

Before you start writing music full-time, it’s important to have a few covers memorized so that you can get used to how each other plays and identify each other’s strengths. Once you’re comfortable with these songs, you can begin to let your creative side take over, and the writing process should follow. To be able to headline a show, you should aim to have at least twelve songs, but the quality of the songs is more important than the quantity. There are a few apps that can be helpful when writing lyrics and recording music, and it’s important to copyright your songs each time you create a piece of music that you’re proud of.

Come Up With A Memorable Band Name

While in the process of writing songs, you and your band members should come up with a band name. Think outside the box, and don’t be afraid to write down even the craziest ideas. Once you have some contenders, search the web to make sure no one has used it before. Check Facebook, Soundcloud, and the USPTO’s Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS). Additionally, make sure the URL for the name is available. If it isn’t, it may be best to consider another option.

Make a “Band Agreement”

Once you have your fellow bandmates and solidified your band name, it’s time to take it to the next level. To prevent any arguments or feuds, a Band Agreement is important. It’s basically like a pre-nuptial agreement for the band before you become well-known. This document will detail everyone’s roles, financial responsibilities, and what will happen if the band decides to part ways.

Record a Demo

Creating a quality demo of your music is critical for getting it into the hands of the right listeners. It is up to you to decide who you want to reach out to; it might be your relatives or a venue proprietor to secure a performance. It is important to have a great initial impact, so begin with your finest song, then follow up with the next best two or three. Make sure you use the highest quality tools that you can manage. No one desires to hear low-grade music.

Pick Your Signature Look

The way you present yourself is essential. It doesn’t have to be an exact match, but having a unified appearance will show people you’re all in it together. It doesn’t have to be flashy or expensive; just wearing similar styles or designs can get the point across. Standing out from the crowd is what makes you memorable, and memorable is what makes a lasting impression. Your look is a key aspect of your performance, and it helps you stand out from other acts.

Start Searching for Gigs

Once you have established your brand, look, and repertoire, it is time to start booking gigs. Before you can begin to reach out, you must have a professional EPK, or Electronic Press Kit, so that people can view your music and style. Once you have your PR materials prepared, you should also ensure that you have all the necessary equipment you need to put on a successful show. Always carry a spare PA and be self-sufficient; many venues do not have their own equipment or will not allow you to use it, and you can charge more money as a result.

Spread the Word

Once your band is prepared to perform for the public, you need to start advertising. All members of the band should collaborate to make sure as many people as possible attend your first few shows. Utilize social media and share with your friends to increase publicity. Once your band’s Electronic Press Kit is complete, you can approach venue owners with assurance knowing you have a professional image. Even if it’s your first gig, you will have a put-together look.