It happens all the time, some person with stars in their eyes walks up to you and wants you to join his band. He/she is going to the top and they want you on board. Being a singer, I get approached all the time and (i'm sure this is the case for any musicians) these folks spend so much time trying to blow your mind with their unbelievable music vision they can't explain anything about what their music is so I figure I'd help you guys out. Here are the most important things you need to be able to explian if you want someone to join your band, group, or whatever.
People there's no shame in saying we're a rock band that sounds like, or sounds closest to (insert band name here). It doesn't mean that you're copying (insert band name here) it helps whoever you're approaching make a decision. If you can't tell someone what you sopund like or what you hope to sound like then how do you expect them to buy into what your doing
This is a siomple question but when I ask it everybody gets vague. What are we doing? Dow e need more people to join? Are songs written? Do we need to write them? Are we going into the studio to do a demo? How soon do you plan on playing gigs? if this is your project and you don't have a plan you're gonna be waisting your time and mine.
Probably the same as question 2 but I wanted to seperate cause this is important. How far do you wanna take this. Do you wanna be a local band, a regional band, a band that has a record deal on a major label, a band that sells out arenas all over the world.
This I have to know before I even step in a room to jam/write with you. Do you want me to sing, sing and write lyrics, sing and write songs, etc. should I leave my guitar at home, these things are important.
Who's in charge? I know the whole "this is a band and everybody's equal" thing is cool but when it all comes down to it there's somebody in every band (in some cases two people) calling the shots. I need to know who these people are.
These are just five things I could think of off the top of my head, I'm sure there are more. But I know these are the things that I ask and things that are asked of me when I approach soemone. I do know with any questions asked it's important to be clear and specific with your answers, because if you shrug your shoulders at any of these questions, the person you're inviting (especially if it's a singer) will come in thinking anything goes and begin to take over. And it'll be your fault because you didn't tell them otherwise. I'm done ranting for now and I siad this all to say, let's communicate with eachother and stop waisting eachother's time.