Regardless of your taste in music, it is undeniable that Chicago is one of the hubs of good music. Ranging from the soothing tones of Chicago’s Peter Cetera to the powerful lyrics from Disturbed or The Smashing Pumpkins, even the country goodness of The Young Guns – Chicago is a haven for music. Needless to say, the impact of musicians will have influenced each youngster at some point and everyone wants to be in a band; and chances are, many of them think of it as a phase that will pass.
For those individuals who are too keen on the idea of playing music and being a musician, there are certain considerations to make before you can ‘go out gigging’. To create a successful band, it is important to complete a series of steps. Yes, the world of music should be ‘free and flowing, dude’, but some preparation is required to produce effective results. This article will discuss how to effectively start a local band in Chicago.
1. Choose Your Style Of Music
The first step to creating a rocking local band in Chicago is to determine the type of music you would like to play. It is all good and well to decide on pop music, but if you love Disturbed the chances are you will fail miserably. Choosing your style of music will not only help you decide the type of music you will play, but it will also assist you in recruiting band members suited to the style.
2. Find Band Mates
Assuming you have chosen a style of music you feel comfortable pursuing, the next step is to locate suitable band members. For example, if you are interested in creating a rock band it is necessary to develop a basic four-person group. You will need a lead vocalist, a bassist, a guitarist, and a drummer to begin. You can also expand on the members later on if you feel the band requires ‘more oomph’. Popular variations include the addition of a keyboardist, back-up singers, or multiple guitarists.
To locate band members you will need to promote auditions using methods such as search engine optimization. This can be done using the internet as many people are able to place posts about a new band on their Facebook or Twitter profiles. Due to the popularity of social media, the internet is arguably the most effective means of finding band mates; however, advertising auditions via word-of-mouth or on bulletin boards in community centers is also an option.
3. Find A Rehearsal Space
One of the key things that all bands require is an area to rehearse. After auditions and once band mates have been located, it is necessary to find a suitable rehearsal space. Practicing in a bedroom may be useful for a single person or duo; however, a four person group will require an area larger as the space needs to accommodate all the musical equipment.
The most common areas used include garages or spare rooms. It is important to remember that the band will be making a noise; therefore, it is recommended that the area be either away from others or has some form of soundproofing. If you have some financial backing, it may be worthwhile looking into renting rehearsal space from a community center or in a studio. A studio is ideal because it is designed to accommodate musical equipment.
The next step is to practice and practice like mad! If you have chosen to write original songs, this is the time to put your heads down and begin writing. Practicing and developing songs will not only determine your skills as musicians, but will point out the chemistry between the band members. Chemistry is essential to have an effective local band in Chicago. Think about it, if the band members in the band Chicago did not have chemistry they would not be able to orchestrate such complex songs with guitars, vocals, drums, and brass.
If the relationship between the band members is strained, it is recommended that you consider disbanding and finding new members. It is better to begin again rather than face gigs with an awkward set.
To the majority of individuals, the idea of being a musician seems a fascinating and somewhat romantic idea. The idea of being a musician is often associated with celebrity status, screaming fans, world tours, and a fat pay check. Unfortunately, not all musicians enjoy those perks, and there are many disadvantages to being a musician or in a band. Of course, this should not deter you from pursuing a career in music as there are numerous benefits as well. This article will point out the different advantages of being in a band.
1. Music Is Soul Fulfilling
“Music is my life” – it is a common quote spewed forth when a musician or want-to-be musician is asked why they enjoy a career in music. Many people may find it quite cliché, but the truth is that music is the core of most people’s being. By being in a band, you will connect with that element and will find it an emotional release similar to no other form of therapy.
Playing music is a means of transporting yourself to another world placing your heart and mind in an area you did not know existed. Sure, this sounds like you are on drugs or something and yes playing music can be similar to the ‘high’; however, it is not life-threatening and does not result in any physical problems.
2. Connecting With Your Audience
In addition to connecting with your soul, when playing a gig with your band, you will connect with an audience. The feeling of a connection with the audience is as enthralling as watching Luke Cage for the first time – speaking as a Marvel fan. Having people cheer you on while you perform songs you love amazing and it prompts you to go beyond any limitations you may have placed on yourself. A receptive audience is a drug without the horrible side-effects.
3. Meeting New People
As a musician, you will meet new people on a regular basis ranging from band mates and promoters to people in the audience. During the early days, and possibly as an experienced band, you will have the opportunity to speak with people from diverse backgrounds when on tour or gigging in new areas. Music can unite people of all backgrounds and friends can be made in all locations of all ethnicities.
4. Learning Business Skills
Being part of a band requires involves more than just playing music, it requires administrative work to promote the band and prompt a career. As a band member, you will be required to deal with venue promoters, booking agents, and other bands when organizing gigs. You will need to do research into events around the area and discuss logistics with venue managers when heading to new venues. A band is more than a music group; it is a company that requires management for success.
5. Learning Marketing Skills
Marketing skills are important to promote the band and gain popularity in the music scene. You will be required to develop a band logo, promote the logo on different websites and in venues, promote your band via word-of-mouth, and spread the word about your music. Successful marketing can be difficult, but it can also be fun and will result in gigs if you keep at it. Learning marketing skills is beneficial as it can help you in later life to promote businesses.
6. Sex Appeal
Needless to say, musicians have sex appeal. While this may not be one of the best reasons to become a musician, the increased sex appeal can be a benefit if you are trying to attract the opposite sex. Think about it; Mick Jagger is not the most attractive person; however, he has enough appeal to being the lead vocalist of The Rolling Stones to have married model Jerry Hall and inspired a song with “moves like Jagger.”
There are so many bands located in Chicago so we did a research for you and listed some of the best bands that are to be found here in the windy city! Let us know if your band made the cut! Also, since this is the first post, we would like to get a feeling on what you guys want us to write about. So please feel free to contact us and let us know your thoughts on this.