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Old 01-27-2013, 05:41 PM   #1
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Is this a good plan?

I'm attempting to form a band and I am recording a six song demo which I am going to send to friends to try to convince them to join. I have quite a few options so it may be an easy option.

I have two questions:

1 - Does this seem like a good plan?

2 - How should I approach friends?
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:13 PM   #2
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recoring demos is never a bad idea imo but i dont think id use them to convince people to join a band maybe so thye could hear what your music is like

if theyre friends"hey man wanna jam sometimes" seems to work well
or even"lets start a band!" has worked in the past

i feel like you shouldnt have to convince someone to be in a band
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:18 PM   #3
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yeah, straight up just ask them to join your band. If they want to join you, they'll join you. The demos will be really useful once you get the band together though, just so they have a general idea of what sound you're going for and how the songs go.
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:04 PM   #4
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The biggest issue I see with this is that you're basically trying to take other people on a joyride, except you're the one paying for it. If you're the one recording everything, maybe you should consider sending your demo to a label and think about other band members only for a live situation.

But I don't know, I like Reznor and Corgan's ways of handling things, doesn't always work though.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:53 PM   #5
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If they're friends, just ask them straight out. If they're strangers, show them the demos so they can see whether they like your style and want to jam.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:36 PM   #6
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After I talk to some friends could I send the demos to whoever is willing to join or would that give them the wrong idea?
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:00 PM   #7
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Just try what it's like to play with your friends. You can just go and have a jam. If it feels it could work, start playing together. But if you see no potential in the band, maybe try another members.

I sometimes go and jam with my friends. And sometimes we decide to do a little band project. So just ask them if they want to jam with you.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:23 PM   #8
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Jamming is the answer.

If a band evolves from your jam sessions, then it's time to give them your demo's so they can learn the songs. It's probably worth pointing out that they're just demo's though, and that the other guys can provide creative input for their parts. Ok, so you don't have to let them completely re-write the whole song, but unless you give them a bit of freedom to express themselves you're going to make them feel like session musicians rather than a contributing band member.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:08 PM   #9
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Next time you see your friends you should tell them that you've been thinking of making a band and ask if they would like to join. I don't really see any need for sending them a demo. If they're unsure about whether or not to join your band for reasons such as they don't know how good you are or the genre they want to play, you should suggest to them that you have a jam. I would recommend that before you have a jam, decide on one or two cover songs that you all like so you will have something to play together at the jam. This is also a good way to see how well your friends play their instruments and how committed they are to being in your band (ie. did they practice the songs before the jam?). At the jam you can play your songs to show your friends how you would like the band to sound. Then if all goes well they will decide to join your band.
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