How To Build Your Band For Success In The Music Industry

Are you having a difficult time finding serious musicians for your band? If so, you are not alone. Not only do smaller bands struggle with this, but even popular bands have problems in this area. In order to achieve success as a team, you must build it with dedicated musicians. To help you with this, I have put together seven rules that all bands need to pay attention to:

Rule #1: If your band is made up of musicians who are highly motivated, dedicated, and goal oriented, you can reach the highest levels of success in the music business.

Rule #2: If your band is full of musicians who do not have a strong commitment to a successful music career, then it is very unlikely that you will accomplish anything significant in the music industry.

Rule #3: It is very common for potential band members to “talk big,” but not actually follow up on what they say. Every musician wants to become highly successful in music, but very few musicians will truly put out the effort in order to achieve success. You will run into these kinds of people frequently. People like this will want to join your band, but won’t be able to help your band in the long run – in fact, they will only slow down your progress. Keep away from these types of musicians at all costs.

Rule #4: Building a highly successful band means going above and beyond what other bands are willing to do in terms of effort. Most bands do not make it big because some of the members in the band are not as dedicated as the others. In fact, this happens to bands who have already made a name for themselves as well. If your band contains one or more members who are not actively doing their part to help out, this can have a very negative effect on the band’s future as a whole. Whenever you notice that these people are not working as hard as everyone else, talk to them about it immediately. Give them a single opportunity to turn their behavior around. If they do not change for the better (and very soon), kick them out of the band.

Here is a great quote from Pat O’Bryan:

“It is shocking to see the overwhelming amount of musicians, artists, and entertainers who just wait around for somebody to give them the opportunity of a lifetime while they follow along with whatever other musicians, artists, and entertainers are doing.

“Unfortunately it is a case of the blind following the blind in a never-ending cycle. Not a very successful plan, but for some reason it is the most popular.”

Rule #5: It is not always easy to spot the wrong band members. Sometimes you will come across musicians who are very good at playing music, but who still lack the mindset necessary to become highly successful. Although it is nice to have great musicians in your band, you must always think of the big picture of where your band is going. From here, it is much easier to judge the value of other musicians, and work to find the right people for your band. If someone is not the right band member, you must replace them regardless of how good of a musician he might be.

Rule #6: Finding the right band members may sometimes seem like an impossible task. However, remember that the most dedicated musicians are also looking for you at the same time that you are looking for them. These people are also going through the same difficulties as you, and share the same desire to play in a successful band as you do.

Rule #7: A lot of people make the mistake of not considering recruiting musicians who play in already accomplished and successful bands. Fact is, there are many musicians who play in these kinds of bands who are unsatisfied with the effort of the other members. Additionally, it is very common that successful bands are looking to find the right band members to replace their current musicians who are not working out.

It is certainly a big challenge to find the right musicians for your band. Do not be discouraged. Keep your motivation by thinking about what it will be like when you have finally put together a band full of all the right musicians. Your band will have action-oriented team players who are highly motivated, and dedicated to success…With all these pieces in place, your band will able to accomplish anything in the music business!

Learn about all the necessary steps to take while looking for the right band members by going to this page and downloading this free eBook on finding the right musicians for your band.

About the author:
Tom Hess is a touring musician and guitarist for the symphonic metal band Rhapsody Of Fire. He trains, mentors, and coaches musicians to achieve success in the music industry and has joined together with Alex Staropoli and Draven Grey to make a rock band success program to help musicians worldwide take their rock bands to the next level. On his website, you can find music career training resources for both bands and solo music artists.

Photo by Anirudh Koul