In the first of our series for aspiring musicians, Barney of Sonic Boom Six fame gives us his one piece of advice to anybody starting a band.
“Before you play your first gig, answer the questions that every successful band can answer: Who are you? What are you giving to people that they can't already get? What are you giving to music? Where do you fit into what is going on?
The first, and most important, thing to do is to define yourself. In terms of members, each band is as unique as a fingerprint. The make-up of no two bands is exactly the same and the music can reflect the various influences, personalities and talents of the people who make it up. This means that you figure out what unique sounds this distinct combination of musicians can create together and can slot into what is happening in music now. And then focus on that.
You'd be surprised how many bands get together based on liking similar music and 'jam' to 'find their sound'. All well and good, but then they forget to actually identify what it is. Just one aspect of your act that's unique is enough make you memorable. What is distinctive could be anything from your vocal accent to using a certain instrument or just a new twist on an old idea.”
Keep an eye out for more tips from Jägermeister Music bands!