What musicians say the hardest part about being in a band is
March 20, 2008 by Weedback
Well geez where do I begin… The hardest part I find is to get everyone to be on the same page as far as the music selection…and motivation…….and commitment…
Commitment has always been a MAJOR issue, music selection is always a pain and motivation is NOTORIOUSLY a problem. One more point I might add… It really bothers me when people refuse to play a song that everyone else in the band is on-board for…
Finding talented musicians who are committed and responsible. Finding rehearsal space, getting equipment, finding gigs… those are easy workarounds. But you gotta have dedicated teammates! No show in a band means no show in a performance
Finding the right people to play with is the hardest thing. It’s easy to find good musicians, or at least people who can play well but their personalities and attitude are often more important than their technical abilities. Reliable people are vital. Don’t even consider anybody who might have a drinking or a drug problem – look for the signs
Dark Lord Of Barnet
My band went downhill the moment we formed a corporation. The money took over.. and led to trust issues between us.
Having the same line-up at the time of the booking that you had when you booked it (since gigs can often be months away). Musicians are like revolving doors. No sooner do you get players who are the right fit, the sound down, the tunes tight, beginnings and endings right… somebody leaves and you have to start all freakin’ over again. Especially if you are an originals band or playing something different than the same old crap everybody’s been playing. Guys just don’t seem to want it that bad anymore. The answer from this end of the country then is finding players who are serious and will commit for the long haul
Lack of commitment is an inherent disease for musicians worldwide, I have been dealing with it for more than 40 years and it is not getting any better today than it did with the first band. I just have to pay them more money theses days, but get the same attitudes and flakiness even from the good ones. Just keep three players deep on each instrument at all times, don’t ever rely upon one key player to be able to do your performances or not. They can all be replaced and probably will, even you sometimes, if they all walk and go get somebody else.
Running a band is one of the toughest jobs in the world and usually thankless too (I shoulda been a brain surgeon…)
Saint Gabriels Celestial Brass
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