How to find a band...
Ok, so you’ve spent the last year working your butt off, trying to get yourself to a place where you can finally book the gigs that you’ve always dreamed of getting, and the calls are just now starting to come in. You’ve got a killer set list and some merch to make a little extra doe, but you’re missing something super important - a band.
No worries, my friend - I’m here to help.
Here is my list of advice on getting the band members you desperately need.
1. Reach out to a local recording studio. There are countless recording studios all over the world and they are an excellent resource when you are needing to find musicians. Do a little research and find a local studio near you - give them a call, and see if they can point you in the right direction of some players that might be looking to pick up a new gig!
2. Reach out to a local University with a music department. If there is a music school or university with a music department in a near by city, that probably means that there are musicians attending, with high tuition payments, who would love the opportunity to make some money, doing what they love - music! Give the a quick call to the office, and see if they can point you in the direction of a person who can hook you up with the links to their online search portals. There, you can post your search and hopefully gain the attention of some musicians looking for a gig. Also, depending on the school’s protocol, they may allow you to place a physical ad in the hallways of their music building. Do some research and find a music university near by.
3. Get off the couch and go to a gig! Check out some local music venues and introduce yourself to some of the musicians playing. If there are some great sounding players, let them know that they might fit the role you are looking to fill, and get their contact info. This is a great way to see and hear the players, almost like a live audition. If you like what you see and hear, go after it!
4. Tap into your online network. If you are an artist, then you probably have artist friends. This means that you are more than likely connected to some musicians online through social media and all of the other platforms the people are connecting on these days. Reach out to them, let them know what you’re looking for. Chances are, they will have other musicians in their network, and by reaching out to just one, It may spark them to call some friends, which might end with you having a whole group of players you never even knew you were connected to!
Last bit of advice…
I get asked a lot about how to go about hiring the same band members that your friend or colleague is playing with - the best protocol to take would be to ask your friend for their contact information. Why, you ask? Well, first of all, it’s just out of respect for them, and to be honest, certain combinations of musicians do tend to create a certain sound, which may define the sound of your friend’s act. This is why it’s always a good idea to ask the band leader directly, rather than trying to sneak around back stage, soliciting them on your own - with this being said, keep in mind no musician belongs to any one singer, just like us, they are all trying to work as much as possible, but I always think you should be respectful and ask the lead singer up front. Transparency and honesty is always key.