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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.

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