Picture you, you have your new Peavey VIP1 amp, you have the meanest Axe on that entire block, a B.C. Rich: Warlock. Hell, a popular user of this guitar brand like Dimbag (bless his soul) will be stoked to see you pose with it. You have all the riffs. The insane ones you spent hours trying to create and mod up. You got everything!!!!!!!!
Or do you?
To have a band, you need a bassist, which you don’t have.
You need a vocalist, which you don’t have.
You need extra guitarist depending on the sub genre or genre you wan play, WHICH YOU DONT BLOODY WELL HAVE!
So, the obvious question here is…. why don’t you have them all?
Chances are the FIVE REASONS I’ll mention might fit well with your own situation, which I sympathize with truly.
1. LAZY ASS POTENTIAL BAND MEMBERS.
Truth right off the bat; making a band is easy and difficult! Some have good luck other have shit for luck. You identify people who you feel will fit in well in your band. You contact them, they respond. They show enthusiasm just as you do. They also send in their demos just like you asked, then ten weeks later you STILL don’t hear from them.
Uh huh! Yea…
You start to wonder if it’s you or it’s the genre or sub genre you want to play. But no, the reason usually ranges from lack of common belief to down right laziness. TOOLS!
2. WAIT, WAIT, WAIT …WHERE WE GONNA PRACTICE?
You can have it all but if you don’t have a place to practice, you…are screwed.
The truth is you can have the best instruments and still have difficulties finding a place to practice. Now the problem is you obviously cannot practice in your house. Well because you can’t be making all the noise in one little room and expect your Mum to not come up on beat your ass senseless. So the question is where would you get this practice done? Honestly, I can’t answer that question for you. Some people just have the awesome luck of having their own garage OR having a friends garage to practice at. Or some random space for rent. The whole story fits this way, if you don’t have a place to practice, then you have a big problem!
3. I HAVE TO GO TO CHURCH!
Hang on a sec…
Not touching this topic with a pole! Walking away now thank you.
4. WHAT THE SHIT BRO! THOUGHT YOU SAID WE WERE GONNA BE A HARDCORE BAND? NOOOOOOOO, I SAID DEATH METAL; WAIT, I CAN SWEAR ON MY MOM’S DINNER YOU SAID DOOM METAL LAST MONTH!
Well, you get the basic idea here don’t you. Band differences will kill your band before you even start. If this here is the argument before your band kicks off, then you will face more problems like this. You absolute have to all agree on the same kind of band you want!
You can be your worst enemy. If your potential band members don’t like you, and you don’t change ways to accommodate them, they won’t turn up for you when you call! It’s is that simple. Sacrifices have to be made to make things work. If you are a douche, give it up. If you’re a control freak give it up. If you have zero drive as the band leader… Sorry.
So there you have it folks! If you fit the bill described here, I feel sorry for you. But all isn’t lost. Keep at it and happy band member hunting.
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