Finding musicians to play with, or finding that extra member to make your line-up complete can be a total drag. It can also be a very exciting moment considering that the newcomer may freshen up your music. But even if he does the whole process is tiresome and very time consuming – probably even worse then finding a job. Heck, it is a full time job. There are two main stages when recruiting musicians, the first one being the logistics, how you find them, how you contact them, how you set up some rehearsal time (you all know the drill). Then there is the human and psychological side which frankly is the hardest part because there are infinite stages to that, many of which can be destructive for the band.
There are sites that can help with the logistics. First off you have all the classified ad sites. Most of them incorporate a musician section so you can start there. Then you have the band match-making websites that are a mix between a classified ad site and a social network.
Here are a couple of links you can look into.
For the purpose of not putting hundreds of unnecessary links to this post, Craigslist and Kijiji are the two most influential classified ad sites out there (for musicians that is, and probably in general). We have already posted an article on a Craigslist success story, well it’s full of opportunities and bands are actively using it to find musicians and gigs. Kijiji is also worth using for music. As for the others, just check those corresponding to your location.
BandMix is probably the biggest one you’ll find, lots of musicians have a profile and promote it. You can upload some tunes and easily network with other bands. They also have active forums where you can encounter good info and support. The big downside to it is that you must pay to get the contact info of other musicians. Kind of sucks, but the trick is just to include it in your description. As for the other sites in the list, they are worth checking out to add your profile. They get decent traffic and regularly-posted ads but like most classified ad sites, they lack clarity and user-friendliness (I know that’s not even a real word but you all get the idea). When it comes to finding musicians for your band I say it’s best to use all the tools you can put your hands on.
Mruff to the Woof Yo!