Even with all the technology, and the experience you’ve mustered, making a song on your own is not that fun. Nothing beats playing with other people, exchanging ideas, and reveling in the praise you get from your fans during a live show.
So, instead of staying in your shell and the comfort of your mini home studio, how about you start looking for some local musicians and start a proper band?
Table of Contents
- Check Classified Ads
- Be More Social
- Frequent Your Local Music Store
- Go to Local Workshops
- If You’re Good, Start Teaching
- Use Facebook
- Hold Auditions for Your Band
- Check out the Local Recording Studios
- Go to Open Mic Nights
- Join Popular Musician Finder Forums or Specialty Forums
- Finding Band Mates is the Easy Part
Check Classified Ads
You would be surprised just how many people still rely on classified ads to find odd jobs, sell cars, buy instruments, and yes – even find likeminded people for their band.
Check your local papers, check online, use Craigslist, and find people who are on the same page as you. At the same time, take a few minutes to post a couple of ads yourself. Let people know how much experience you have, what instrument you play, and what you’re looking for.
One of the easiest ways to meet new people is to be more social. Attend events and concerts and talk to people that like the same music you do.
Going to a few live shows should help introduce you to loads of people, many of whom I guarantee are musicians. Even though amateur, lots of people that attend concerts are not just fans but also aspiring musicians and perhaps even very skilled ones too.
Frequent Your Local Music Store
Even if you buy all your gear online, you might want to check out your music store. It’s a great place to be if you’re going to test new instruments, check new gear, and even talk to likeminded people.
If you’re looking for musicians, you’ll often find them in music stores. If there isn’t one in your area, maybe you’ll want to consider opening up one yourself, if you have the funds.
Go to Local Workshops
There are plenty of teachers, professional musicians, students, and so many other talented people in the music industry that often organize workshops. If you want to meet a couple of aspiring musicians and talk to them, this is the place to do so.
It doesn’t even have to be a workshop that’s tailor-made for your instrument or an instrument you’re familiar with. It’s not uncommon for guitarists to frequent drumming workshops and vice versa. Keep in mind that you may not be the only one in your area that’s looking to start a band.
If You’re Good, Start Teaching
One easy way to meet people that may be interested in joining a band is to have them come to you. If you’re good at your instrument, you can start posting ads and offer lessons. That will introduce you to the right crowd.
Maybe you won’t find your ideal bandmate among your students. However, your students could later introduce you to the right people if you mention that you’re interested in starting a band. It’s all about networking.
Maybe Facebook isn’t the most popular or most used social media platform anymore. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t still among the best at some things. For example, Facebook still has tons of local groups, music groups, and other pages where you can meet people with the same music interests.
Search the social media platform for musician groups, fan pages of your favorite bands, and so on. Join a couple of them and start chatting with people. Make sure to give yourself a proper introduction and don’t jump the gun by asking people about their skills.
You don’t want to be too forward, and given how hard it is to trust people online these days, being too aggressive might deter people from talking to you.
Hold Auditions for Your Band
Let’s say that you already have a band, but things aren’t going as planned. Maybe some members left, or they can’t continue anymore. If you want to find local talent, start posting everywhere you can that you’re holding auditions for specific positions.
Unlike just posting a few ads saying band members wanted, hosting auditions lets people know that you’re already serious. It’s my opinion that they’ll be more inclined to respond to your ad and come to show you their skills.
Check out the Local Recording Studios
It’s a great way to meet local talent, but it’s not the most convenient method. If your ads haven’t proven fruitful and you think that people may not be taking you seriously, there’s always the option of going to places where you know you’ll find professional musicians.
Go to a local recording or rehearsal studio. Book some time for yourself, maybe record something, or practice. It doesn’t matter as long as you’re doing something productive.
While there, start talking to other people that are there for the same reason. Don’t be afraid to ask the manager if they know people that play the instruments you need in your band.
If you go and linger, people won’t look at you twice. If you go there and show that you’re serious, you’re more likely to befriend fellow local musicians and perhaps start a band with them.
Go to Open Mic Nights
You don’t have to save hundreds of dollars and only see the top bands in your area. A great way to meet other musicians is to attend an open mic night or a jam session in a local pub.
You may find experienced local musicians as well as aspiring guitar players and singers that may be looking for the same thing as you – someone to play with and grow professionally.
It will probably help even more if you get involved in jam sessions yourself instead of just sitting there in a corner, scouring the room.
Join Popular Musician Finder Forums or Specialty Forums
Even though you may only be looking for local talent to join your band, it doesn’t mean that you can’t cast a wider net. Not every city has a vibrant music scene, so not every city will have dedicated musician’s online corners.
But, if you join a couple of forums, you might be surprised to see how many folks in your area are also members, even if you haven’t seen them at local shows.
Finding Band Mates is the Easy Part
Once you start using a few of the methods listed in this article, you’ll meet lots of people that could potentially become your bandmates. But remember that this is not the hard part. The hard part is figuring out if your styles can mesh. If you can find the time to rehearse at the same time, and if your playing experience is on a similar level, you’re even more likely to collaborate with someone.