Blog7 - Learn From the Best: Got a Band? Here are Some Tops Mistakes to Avoid

Learn From the Best: Got a Band? Here are Some Tops Mistakes to Avoid

Having a band is a pretty great thing. It’s not something that just anyone can do. If you’re lucky enough to be part of one, learn from the best and take in these top mistakes you need to avoid!

Signing the dotted line too quickly

Paperwork can be the death of your band if you’re not careful. There are lots of bands out there that want to be signed, this is true. That has always been the game as far back as the 80s and it’s still the same now. When Love/Hate first started out, the members got blinded by the thirst to succeed that they made some pretty bad decisions.

One of them was to sign a three-year contract with a good for nothing manager that ended up suing them for a part of the band’s earning that he did not contribute to in the least. When you’re a young band starting out, don’t be too quick to jump the gun regarding any Joe that invites you to their place so you can look at their gold and platinum records. For all you know, those could be there simply because they ran coke for some big band back in the day.

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NOT using your Social Media

Social Media! What any rock band would have given to have this ditty back in the day! Self-promotion is a great thing. Back then this would have meant printing out fliers, standing in corners, and just praying that people actually showed up to your gig. Now, you lucky bastards have self-promotion at the tips of your fingers.

One to the best ways to build your brand is to advertise yourself through your social media. Post clips of songs. Post videos of old performances. Share personal stories. Share updates on tracks or albums. Create events. Use social media to find events you can be part of. Test how warm the waters are by asking your fans questions.

The possibilities are endless and FREE. We cannot put enough emphasis on the FREE part. It’s a pretty sweet hack that you’d be a special kind of stupid to not take advantage of.

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NOT having a kickass vocalist

People who can play an instrument well can be a nice concept but it’s the vocalist that makes 80% of the impression. It doesn’t matter if you’ve all been buddies since you were in diapers, if they don’t have it—they never will. They can try to go take voice lessons or whatever but if the Rock Gods just aren’t into it, you need to let go.

Unless you’re trying to be a jazz band, then you really should look into finding a kickass vocalist to draw attention to your band in the right way. Since we are in the age of social media, you can trust people to have pretty damn short attention spans. If they don’t feel your vocalist, there’s a big chance they’re not going to listen to the rest of song—no matter how great the rest of the band plays their instruments.

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Band Mechanics: Is Harmony All That Important?

A lot of bands through the years have emphasized the importance of “harmony”. However, just how crucial is it when in comes to band dynamics? That’s what we’ll be picking at today.

What is “harmony”?

No, we’re not talking about harmony in terms of music. We’re actually referring to harmony when it comes to band dynamic. There have been a lot of bands that emphasize the importance of harmony or getting along with everyone who’s in your band.

By “everyone in your band” this isn’t limited to the actual people who play the instruments or the ones that sing. It’s their +1s like lovers, sweethearts, or whomever. There is this great recent belief that great music cannot be borne from adversity or conflict. That’s hardly the case.

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Here are some bands that recorded great hits but actually despised one another:

  • Metallica
  • Blink 182
  • Guns N Roses
  • Beach Boys
  • Simon and Garfunkel
  • Nightwish

Some of the groups listed above are pretty big icons in the world of music. Most people don’t even truly want to believe that Simon and Garfunkel hate each other. After all, they “harmonize” so well, don’t they?

That’s the thing about music. It can spring from even the most inhabitable and the ugliest places imaginable. You can even think of it as a flower that doesn’t give a damn whether or not it’s surrounded by love or happiness. It just takes whatever energy is there and hangs in the air until it manifests. Take Love/Hate for example, when Jizzy Pearl joined the band it wasn’t exactly their choice on the matter. Their manager had pretty much pulled an ultimatum—it’s either Jizzy becomes part of the band or all their funding gets cut.

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Now, we don’t know about you guys but if someone we didn’t know was pretty much shoved into our artistic space, there’d be no harmony in that! The band went on to create some classic albums like Blackout all the while there was a lot of fighting going on behind the scenes. When the band first started, they were hungry. Record deals were always the number one pursuit and they weren’t just making the cut somehow.

It was a generally frustrating time and Love/Hate isn’t alone when it came to that time in their journey as a music group. Music isn’t something that you just happen to pick up as you cross the street. It’s something that you pretty much make out of nothing. You will have the raw materials to back you up (talent, funding, equipment, etc) but just because you have all of that with you does not automatically mean the music will come—let alone good music.

Harmony as a group can help the production a little better. However, even when you’re in the midst of fighting, your talents can still all work together to form something bigger than yourselves. If ever a breaking point does occur, you use whatever it is you’ve learned in that time of discord and have better things working for you when you start another journey.