Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Making the Band: Moving From a Jam Room to a Stage

The initial months of a band are always spent in forming the chemistry between the band members. This is the phase when the band members get acquainted with each other’s playing styles as well as individual musical influences before finally deciding on what genre of music to play. Soon the jamming session start by practicing favorite songs and playing their covers to perfection.

Once the band members are well versed with each other the band moves on to composing original music. Initially with a couple of original tracks, the band plays a set list comprising of popular cover songs and their originals. With the set list well practiced, it’s time to take the leap and play live to an audience.

Usually new formed bands approach night clubs and pubs which have regular live musical acts to give them an opportunity to play in front of an audience. The band should carry along its recorded demo CDs to these shows and distribute them. The more the people hear a band’s music the more fan following a band has. Playing regularly at a certain club might also help the band get a strong fan base.

But the performances shouldn’t only be restricted to one or two clubs. The band should take the chance and play at disparate clubs so as to gain more exposure and better experience in front of varied audiences. As Adrian Brigham, executive producer at Denise Brigham Inc. observes in one of the discussions while assessing his singer, "When Denise and Tony did their shows years back in clubs they were the singers just like all the others, and not getting the compensation like you mentioned in the last paragraph of your post. We realized that was a dead end loop that too many performers get trapped in. We had bigger aspirations. I yanked them out of the clubs as I didn't want that "lounge" image hanging around their necks."

Many a times, bands get caught up playing in the club circle. This is usually the case when a band has been regularly playing at clubs but not getting a chance to move on to bigger stages and larger audiences. Luck plays a decisive part during this phase, since there are loads of aspiring rock bands, to get noticed in the competition.

That is when it becomes necessary for the band to hire a professional manager. During the initial phase the band may get to club owners and spread their music, but if the band aims to reach higher, managers can help them through their industry contacts. There are several issues which need handling when a band decides to tour or come out with an album. From copyright issues to coordination of a show, a band should concentrate only on making music leaving the paperwork to a manager.

Also, a manager is able to pitch in for the band to organizers through his influences. To know more about the points that the band should look out for in a manager, check out the article "Questions to ask a band manager" . This would give the band a chance to get noticed at a bigger stage and are given the chance to perform along with other established bands.

Welcome to The Big Stage

If a band gets lucky to catch the eye of a manager at a performance or is able to hire one who has good industry experience, it would not be long before the band gets their break from the club circle and step into the big arena performances.

While releasing albums is one of the main aims of a band, the production costs of an album can be sky high. Hence performing live music, is a good option for the band to spread its music. It is necessary for the band to play its cards right and keep moving on from jam rooms to clubs to finally stadiums. Perseverance and the right attitude can get any band to the big stage.

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