We’ve discussed band mates on the blog a few times and what it means to be a part of a band but for those who are looking to create a new group it might not be immediately clear where you can find band members and how to find the right ones.

It’s a tricky task, finding someone who will fit in with the group, someone who will get on with the rest of the members whilst be a valuable addition and working well as a team. It takes a lot of work and determination to find the right kind of person but hopefully we can help make the journey easier.

First things first is figuring out want kind of addition you need to the group, either doing this by discussing with the other members or if you’re on your own you will need to set some guidelines and expectations from your first member. We won’t go over what makes a good band member as we’ve discussed this a few times but obviously having strict guidelines will make it harder to find someone so keep that in mind.

The process will be a long one so there’s no point trying to rush anything; you’ll end up regretting it later down the line so make the time to meet potential members outside of an audition. Get to know everyone on a personal level; this will determine whether or not you get along and if they naturally fit into the group well.

So for actually finding band members and ones who are serious about being a part of a band? The first thing you can do is start networking if you’ve already done this and already have a few networks then you can contact them to see if they are interested or know of anyone who may be interested. The great thing about this is they are likely very serious about music and already have some kind of career within the industry.

You’re also able to ask for recommendations when it comes to finding someone in your network, this will likely eliminate time wasters. You’re also able to get the word around easier if you start contacting people in your network, people will find out about your new band through hear say and you’ll have more options.

Attending events is another good option, the music scene is full of parties, open mics and more so it’s worth getting involved. The great thing about these events is that new artists will likely be performing and will be on the lookout for some fun opportunities to launch their career. Unfortunately this does mean that you will be taking a risk as they are yet to break into the industry you might not be able to rely on them as much as someone who is already a trustworthy artist. There are pro’s and con’s to this approach but it’s definitely one to consider.

Social media is a musician’s best friend, get involved in groups online there are plenty of upcoming artists who are looking for work. Again this is at your own risk but I suggest getting to know anyone you are considering and have regular meet ups with the group.  

There are so many ways to meet artists but the last option I’m going to suggest is going into your local music scene within your college or university, if you are not a part of one them you can always approach schools and ask to advertise your band auditions. If you’re still in education go to your professors or classmates and ask around, there will likely be a ton of students wanting to join bands or choirs and are willing to do so for free. The great thing about students is that they are happy to put the work in purely to gain experience and skill.