Band Together: What You Need to Know About Working with Other Musicians
By Team HC |
- Community Voice -
by Tracy Plunkett
You will be hard-pressed to find a musician that doesn’t collaborate with other artists. Even if you are perfectly happy with where you are in your career, there are a lot of benefits to teaming up with other singers and players. For one thing, the press opportunities alone are fantastic. At the same time, though, it also gives you the chance to really grow and evolve as a musician.
After all, working with other people is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and determine just how far you can push your musical capabilities. Of course, as you can imagine, having so many creative minds in one place can result in a rather tenuous situation as well. So, to make sure that you get it right, here are some tips that you should follow:
Collaborate with the Right People
This should go without saying but it is something that needs to be stated, nevertheless. Now, the ‘right people’ does take on two very different meanings here. This is because your first step should be finding musicians or a group who have a complementary sound to you. So, while they don’t need to make the same kind of music or even be in the same genre, there should be similar ground.
The right people are also the musicians that you get along with. As you are well aware, it can be difficult for individuals who don’t like each other or have clashing personalities to work with one another. Therefore, before you actually agree to create music together, first determine whether you are a good match.
Figure Out Your Arrangement
The next thing that you will have to do is to sort out the group’s hierarchy. This precise arrangement will be up to the different members. Some may prefer to have an autonomous structure where everyone has the same amount of responsibility. Others, however, may vote to have a leader so that one person makes most of the decisions with others chipping in as necessary. It is imperative that you get this arrangement out of the way at the very beginning before the creativity part begins. This way, you can avoid a lot of confusion and arguments.
Get Organized – Have a Goal
After this, it is time to get organized, at least in terms of the music you are creating. Set a goal for yourselves. For instance, what do you hope to achieve with this collaboration? Do you want to release a single or an album? Are you practicing for a live gig? Once you have narrowed down your true purpose, it will become easier to focus on it and take the necessary steps to achieve it.
Focus on the Music
The final piece of advice is to focus on the music. Even you strive to be organized and responsible, there are a lot of issues that may crop up. As mentioned, you are expecting very different, creative individuals to get along. So, rather than trying to mess with the relationship between the group, stick to the musical aspect instead. Whenever you have disagreements, slowly get everyone to begin focusing on the composition or rehearsal once more. If you take this approach, you will find that everyone is able to stay on track.
These are the top tips to follow if you are thinking of working with other musicians. By taking these points into consideration, you can have a rich and rewarding experience and be able to make better music. -HC-
Tracy Plunkett had a passion for music as long as she can remember. She explores her love for music and instruments through her writing, as evidenced by her consumer help guide post. When she isn’t working, she can be found attending as many concerts and music festivals as she can.