Find Serious Band Members | A How To Guide

In this article I’ll be discussing the best way to find serious band members. A lot of our clients come to us either before they start a band or after. The ones that come to us beforehand are doing it right. They want to create some great productions and songs first before seeking bandmates. Most of our clients who seek our help after being in a band do so because they had a bad experience. When I ask what went wrong 9 times out of 10 it comes down to how serious the band members were. It can be tough to find serious band members. So how do we do it? How do we find serious musicians to be in our group? Below I’ve outlined a few tips and thoughts to consider on the best way to find serious band members.

 

..and by “way” I mean multiple “ways” :)

 

Best way to find serious band members – #1 – Where to look?

When in a pinch, most people go to Craigslist to find band members. It’s easy and doesn’t require much work. I have nothing against Craigslist. It helped me start my business and I’ve been blessed with dozens of talented clients from Craigslist. But, for me the number one way to find serious bandmates is to get involved in your local scene and go to shows. Plan to go to a new show each week and meet the bands that are playing. DON’T bring up the fact that you are trying to start a band. Just hang out with them that night. Later on, catch up with them on social media or via phone/email. Simply let them know that you had a great time meeting them. After you have done this go ahead and bring it up. Ask them if they have any talented buddies that are looking to play in a band.

 

Best way to find serious band members – #2 – Get references.

You have to treat this like a company would treat hiring a new employee. Do your research on people. Look for musicians who have a history playing in bands. Reach out to their past band mates and get the scoop on them. Was it a good experience or was that person a total disaster? When people ask me how to find serious band members I start by telling them to seek out musicians with a good reputation.

 

Best way to find serious band members – #3 – Have high quality demos.

People will take you way more seriously if you have high quality tracks ready to present. Trying to sell someone on a whim can be tough and may not attract the best talent. If you have stellar demos ready to go then it gives them something to be excited about. It also shows them that you are 100% committed and ready to get the ball rolling!

 

Best way to find serious band members – #4 – Be clear, but be open minded.

The best way to find serious band members is to be clear with your vision and goals. If you sound like you are unsure about what you are doing then a serious musician will sense this and be turned off. Be excited and 100% confident with your ideas and thoughts. At the same time make sure you let them know that you are open minded to their ideas and that you care about and want to hear their thoughts. Being a dictator will turn people off. Being open minded shows that you are willing to work with a group and be a great leader.

 

Best way to find serious band members – #5 – Personality test.

This point is less about the best way to find serious band members and more about compatibility. If you aren’t familiar with the DiSC personality test then you should read about it.  It’s important to analyze your potential band mates and know where you and everyone else fit in. Having 2 “D” personalities in a group may cause problems. On the other hand a bunch of “S” personalities won’t be able to function without a “D”. Egos can run hot among serious musicians, but I truly believe that there is a match for everyone. Do a co-write and find out if you are a good fit for each other.

 

There you have it! My tips on how to find serious and talented band members. If you are struggling to find serious band members feel free to reach out to us and we’d be happy to shed more light on the topic.

 

Songwriter Demo Service | Stunning Quality | Hip Sounds

We here at SongwritingTeam.com have been providing our songwriter demo service online for over 3 years. It’s our second most popular service. Our goal is to create compelling and personalized music productions that set the standard for online music production. Budget friendly options help our clients build their songwriting catalogs. It also helps them release albums for often.  If you would like to see if we are a fit for your unique project then please feel free to contact us. We’re a friendly bunch!

 Our Songwriter Demo Service Explained

 

Who is it for? Our songwriter demo service was created for songwriters who have a rough sketch or work tape and want it to be transformed into a fully produced song. Lyricists also make up a large portion of our clientele. For them we create a music track and help them with melody creation and finding the perfect singer for their song. We make music for film makers and theater productions. We also help out songwriters who want to start a band or songwriters who are done with the band scene and are looking to go solo.

 

How much does it cost? Our songwriter demo service ranges from $400 – $800 on average. We offer 50% upfront and 50% at the end.

 

How do you keep your costs down? Most other songwriter demo service companies aren’t financially efficient. They are going out and hiring a full band to come in and play on your song. With this said, they must pay all of those people. YOU must pay all of those people. We can cover all the entire full production with 2 people. All of the instruments. Mixing. All of it.

 

Whats the process? Our process starts with a free phone consultation so that we can get to know you, your music, and your goals.  On that call we’ll determine what you’d like the ultimate outcome to be for your project. Once your deposit is paid and we collect any reference material, we’ll get started. Within 7 business days we’ll build out your production. At this point the final invoice is paid. Next, you’ll spend as much time as you need reviewing our work and creating a list of revisions. We’ll tidy it up and make any changes for free. Additional revision lists are just $35.

 

What’s the difference? There are a few important things that make us different from other songwriter demo service companies on the internet. Here’s a brief list..

  • Our track record. Many of our clients have gone on to score publishing deals and record deals.
  • We can handle anything. In our first year of business we were hired to create an 80 song project for a corporation.
  • You are number one. We provide extremely great service. We offer 5 star service blended with quick turnaround times and inexpensive prices.
  • Artist personality. We help our clients develop their musical personality. Cookie cutter is not our thing.
  • We stay current and fresh while still paying tribute to the legends.
  • We can create works in multiple genres and do it with authenticity. Rock, Pop, Country, Electro, Hip Hop, Americana, Indie, Dance music, Singer-Songwriter, Christian music, Latin Music, Jazz, Blues, Alternative rock, Eclectic, Metal, Sound track, EDM, Musicals, and more.

 

 

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Song Remix Service – Why is it important to remix your songs?

What is it?

Our song remix service is the process of taking your existing songs and re-mixing them in a different genre. Think of it as having alternate versions of your songs! Let’s say that you’ve written a song and had it produced. For the sake this example, it’s a country song. It sounds great, but you’ve decided that you also need to add a rock or dance song to your catalog. Instead of having to write a brand new song and pay to have it produced, you could use our simple remix service to transform your song.

 

Why did we create a song remix service, and why is it important?

We have been thinking about offering this to you guys for the past few months. Christian is a fantastic song remixer, and we felt like it would be a neat thing to offer. Our goal is to provide creative ways for our clients to benefit and build their catalog. I feel that it is important to have remixes of your song so that you can expand your opportunities. It’s also more cost efficient. Let’s look at an example. You’re building your catalog and need to expand in other genres so that you can compete for a broader range of opportunities.

Here’s what it would cost to get full productions for 3 new songs..

-Country Song – $700

-Pop Song – $700

-Indie Rock Song – $700

————Total – $2,100

Now, let’s say that you are having a month where you are struggling with creating new songs. You’ve hit a little roadblock. No big deal. It happens to all of us songwriters. But, there is a simple fix to keep the momentum going. Our remix service!

You’ve already created “Song 1″ and had it produced. It’s a Country Pop Song. To keep the momentum going, we want to create a Dance EDM remix and an acoustic rock remix of your country song.

“Song 1″ Dance EDM Remix Service – $500

“Song 1″ Acoustic Rock Remix Service – $500

————-Total – $1000

 

So with that said, if you are feeling stagnant or you would simply like to get more “bang for your buck” out of your current song catalog.. this is a cool way to do it.

 

If you have any questions about our new song remix service, please feel free to reach out! We’ll have a free consultation call with you.

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Keep creating!

-Dan

 

To get some creative ideas on remixes we recommend that you listen to current tracks on Soundcloud. 

 

Co-Writing for Songwriters | Tips & Advice

In this article I’ll be listing some tips, advice, and things to consider about co-writing for songwriters. Co-writing can be an exhilarating experience. It can also be a boring, awkward, or disastrous experience. Since our move to Nashville earlier this year we’ve been doing a ton of co-writing. Co-writing is a lifestyle here in Nashville. Everybody does it. In just a few short months we’ve put together a network of songwriters in various genres. So far, it’s been a great learning experience. Below are some of my thoughts about co-writing for songwriters. These thoughts aren’t in any particular order. They are simply bullet points.

 

1. Finding other songwriters to write with.

So, the first step is finding people to co-write with. We typically find people on social media. We search popular tags on Instagram, Twitter, and snoop around on Facebook and Youtube. We also go to open mic nights, showcases, and concerts. Once we find someone with music we like, we’ll find out who they are currently writing with and also establish relationships with them. This allows us to have a mutual connection that we can anchor to. “Hey, we know your friend _____, and they thought that we’d make cool music together. Want to get together and write sometime?”. It’s important that you have a portfolio of your songs. When you reach out to someone for a co-write always send them some of your work to check out. Usually, they will be able to instantly know whether they want to work with you or not.

 

2. Breaking the ice and eliminating awkwardness.

It’s weird making art with someone for the first time. Simply remember that everyone has great ideas and dumb ideas. I heard a story about a songwriter who had their first co-write with a major writer. She was scared. They went into a room and shut the door. The first thing the major writer said was “Today you’re going to hear me say some of the dumbest things that you’ve ever heard. I’ll also most likely hear you say the dumbest things I’ve ever heard”. Next, there was relief. The point is to immediately clear the air. They are most likely just as nervous and you may be. Sometimes during a co-write things can be awkward. There can be dead space and both parties start to get unsure about the entire idea of co-writing together. People can also be shy. My remedy for awkwardness is to have a few funny books laying around the studio. If I am finding it hard to strike up a conversation I’ll say “Hey, have you ever seen this book.. it’s hilarious!” This will lighten up the mood! This is the book that I use..

 

3. Co-writing and building a network.

To me the biggest benefit of co-writing is building a network. Before you know if you’ll be working with bigger and better people. We had a co-write the other day with a guy that we write with often. He asked if it was okay to bring 2 other writers to the session. We said yes. It turns out that one of the writers in the group brought a song for us to write for a major label artist. When you are co-writing with people, ask them about other writers at the end of the session. Say something like “Who have you been writing with recently? Anyone cool I should know about? I’m trying to expand my network”.

 

4. Being prepared. 

It’s always a good idea to have some ideas to bring to the table. This will help eliminate dead space. Sometimes writing something from scratch totally works, but I’ve found that we or the writer we are working with come in with some kind of starting point.

 

5. Checking in.

The first thing I like to do at the beginning of a co-write is to check in with the other songwriter(s). It’s almost like being a therapist. Ask them about whats going on in their life. Ask them how they are feeling today. This will start up an honest conversation. A lot of times a good topic comes out of it.

 

6. Making an agreement.

I wouldn’t recommend starting the session with contracts, but some people do. Use your judgement. But, at some point you need to ask the other writer about what the plans are for the song. Is it going to be performed, pitched, shelved? Make sure you guys have a solid agreement together and split sheet. You also need to follow up on registering your work together and having the copyright taken care of.

 

7. Consistency.

So many people start songs and then never finish this. It’s important to be consistent with each writer that you are working with and follow through with completing the song. Before they leave make sure you go ahead and get a date in the calendar for them to come back to finish the last song or to start something new. I find that creating a regular schedule helps. It prevents us from losing contact with the writer. When you write with some one often, you can develop a better bond with them. This will lead to more creativity and better songs.

 

8. Saying No.

No one likes telling people “no”. We feel bad. The reality though is that time is limited. You don’t have to say yes to everyone who wants to co-write with you. Be choosy. In the beginning you may say yes to everyone and that is okay. You are building your network. Eventually though you’ll have to say no to people or you will burn yourself out.

 

9. Don’t bring uninvited parties to the co-write.

This should be obvious. It’s best to limit “surprises” when co-writing. Nothing can kill the mood of a co-write quicker than having a random person show up and throwing off the energy. It just creates awkwardness. If you feel like having someone else at the session would be beneficial then ask for permission first.

 

10. Have fun.

Again, sounds obvious. But really it makes a huge difference. Having a good “hang” is a success even you don’t create a hit that day. If you make it a fun experience people will want to continue to write with you and tell their buddies about you. Have some laughs, recommend some new music, tell stories. This will rev up creativity and help build strong relationships.

 

Those are a few of my thoughts and tips on co-writing for songwriters. I highly recommend co-writing. When creative people get together it can be magical! Give it a try.

 

Feel free to add any of your own tips in the comment section below!

 

 

 

 

 

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