anyone in a band here?

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the welsh one
im not in a band but i havent had my guitar for long

anyone in a band then?

SelphieT
Not yet.

Vermont's music scene sucks, full of "pop punk" and weird stuff I'm not interested in, so it might be a while till I get in a good band, if a band at all.

Disturbed Angel
Originally posted by the welsh one
im not in a band but i havent had my guitar for long

anyone in a band then?
I wish. sad It's something I've always wanted to do, though. sad

Nellinator
Yes. I play piano/keyboards/organ for my hard rock/metal band. I also do vocals.

SV_DrumMeR
Yeah, i'm the drummer in a band with a couple of local buddies.

We've got a wide variety of stuff, you should check us out =], add us on myspace!

WWW.Myspace.com/vibesofsound

WŚlshy
sound good

Bardiel13
I record stuff with my friend. We're making mostly metal.

Nellinator
I play keyboards/piano in a metal band, mostly thrash.

SV_DrumMeR
We're starting to write heavier stuff, more distortion, the fun stuff.

thanks alot man!

WŚlshy
im staring a band big grin coolest thing is...my parents are away for the weekend so me and the guys are having like a party/music weekend, its going to be great, just playing all day then we will probably have a break at 3am. so far its me on lead guitar, tom on bass, ben on drums, but im still a beginner to guitar really so we might get another drummer and ben can play lead (ben can play drums and guitar...and other stuff), then i would go rhythm guitar. i haven't posted in this forum for a while

papabeard
I make music with a couple of people, check out the my space.

www.myspace.com/downbytheriverx

Down By The River.

Azure
I'm co-vocalist in my boyfriend's band (no, he didn't let me in just because we're in a relationship, I was in the band long before we started going out.) but all they've needed me for so far is to sing the girl's parts in "Nymphetamine" by Cradle of Filth (I'm not sure if that's how it's spelled) and some harmonizing with this dude who sounds like a dragon...monster...thing when he sings. We're a "gospel" death metal band (I say gospel because that's the only reason his parents haven't kicked him out of the house for playing that "satanic shit!"wink with two guitarists, a drummer (who is black! sorry, I just think that's so cool because it totally destroys the stereotype!) a percussionist, a keyboard player, and two vocalists.

we don't have a myspace link or anything like that up yet, and I think we decided to call ourselves His Invisible Monster, but I could change...

Nellinator
Originally posted by papabeard
I make music with a couple of people, check out the my space.

www.myspace.com/downbytheriverx

Down By The River. Lots of potential imo.

mr.smiley
I was in and out of various bands for the past 5 years.Finaly taking time off though,and it feels good to get a break.Started playing out every weekend for a while,and was making decent money as well.On average 50 bucks a show,and once even banked 200 dollars for playing at a graduation party for a bunch of doctors.

It realy can pay off to learn how to play an instrument,but you got to have the right chemistry of people in a band.Once it quits being fun,you need to get out.

Nellinator
How much my band makes has always fluctuated with where we play. In you hometown we turn a tidy profit after rental expenses, but local touring doesn't make much at all.

Slay
Originally posted by Azure
a drummer (who is black! sorry, I just think that's so cool because it totally destroys the stereotype!)
What stereotype? Suffocation (for example) is a pretty well known death metal band with two black members.

papabeard
Originally posted by Nellinator
Lots of potential imo.

Cheers dude!

WŚlshy
Originally posted by mr.smiley
I was in and out of various bands for the past 5 years.Finaly taking time off though,and it feels good to get a break.Started playing out every weekend for a while,and was making decent money as well.On average 50 bucks a show,and once even banked 200 dollars for playing at a graduation party for a bunch of doctors.

It realy can pay off to learn how to play an instrument,but you got to have the right chemistry of people in a band.Once it quits being fun,you need to get out.

how long did it take you to be getting gigs and paid?

Slay
I'm currently a bassist in a band called 'De 7 Jensjes'. We mostly play cover songs, but we're working on out own material. We'll probably change the name pretty soon as well...

Nellinator
Once you got two or three songs you can usually get a gig as an opener at a local show in my experience. Once my band had six quality songs we started headlining, which is about an hour set. Most bands need about eight to fill that. Every venue I've played has played everyone equal with a few exceptions so pretty much as soon as you get a gig you get my money in my experience.

WŚlshy
do you play your own songs and write you own lyrics?

Nellinator
Yah. We usually play a 6-8 song set. We usually do one cover, which is currently rotating between Electric Eye by Judas Priest and Eraser by Hypocrisy.

mr.smiley

Nellinator
Originally posted by mr.smiley
Well their's two ways I could answer this question and I'm going to give you both answers.


In the past band I was in It took about a year and a half before I started making money.But that was after quite a few years of playing in and out of other bands like I mentioned before.It took that long before I was able to find other musicians that were on my level when it came to playing and dedication.Another thing that got us paying gigs was playing "COVER" music.I got songs burned in my head like Fire by Hendrix and Hella Good by No Doubt.Even though it's much,much,more rewarding to play original music,it's going to be very difficult to find a decent paying gig playing your own music.The bottom line is,unless you've been played on the radio,most drunk people don't wanna pay for drinks and hear your music.
Here's a few things that will help anyone make money playing music.

1.Play cover music.If you want to do originals slowly work them into your sets.Maybe play one original in a three set night.If anyone gets up and dances to the music,or bangs their head,give them a free CD with your originals if you have one.

2.Bring all the people you can to your bar gigs.The more people you get to the bar,the better.The owner will ask you back if you bring a huge crowd, even if your not the greatest sounding band.Their's a lot of techniquely sound bar bands that get nowere because they can't generate a crowd.

3.Get a female vocalist.Even if she's not the greatest singer in the world,as long as she's got charisma and good stage presence,people will dig it.

4.Get in a network of other local bands that won't mind sharing a few gigs with you.

Their's also a degree of luck to getting good paying gigs.Sometimes we just happened into good gigs out of luck.We played the Ohio balloon challenge just because my guitar player knew a girl who worked for the city building.It payed about 50 bucks a piece and we got free food,and were escorted by festable workers in golf carts.That was pretty sweet.That's pretty much a simple guideline of what we followed.Other people have made money playing music through different means,but that's probably some of the most effective rules of thumb I could give anyone that wants to make decent money playing music.

LOL.I just noticed how different Nellinator's advice is than mine. Different scenes my good man. When it's rock and pop, you are entirely correct. Since I'm in a metal band it's entirely different. Metalheads don't tend to enjoy all covers.

Points 2 and 4 are key though. Bringing as many people as possible makes your band look better,makes surrounding people more likely to pay attention, and makes it far more likely that you will get more shows. And 4 is even more essential because it is the way you play to new crowds. Playing for fans of other bands is how you get new ones. Getting an opening spot with a popular local band is a good way to go.

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