There have been some great comments following the article, most received via posts in closed LinkedIn groups, so I'd like to share some of those comments with you all.
- My hobby band has just folded. The main reason was that they relied heavily on my private rehearsal/demo recording studio for rehearsals, my PA, stage lighting and transport. (John Bell)
- It takes time to work out bugs... One of my players wants to play out NOW, but the band is not ready. (Mike Hudson)
- It's one of those things where we need to ask ourselves what we want out of this musical interaction - ie. more friends, a music collaboration / writing journey, improving our own skills, and/or extra $$ on the side etc., and at what level do we want to or are happy to play. That's not being arrogant, that's being honest with ourselves. (Mark Raetzer)
- It's that 'unspoken' or 'magical' communication / connection on creative levels which can be just as hard to find as it is to accurately describe. (Mark Raetzer)
- Being in a band requires commitment if the goal is to make great music and take the show on the road. Even hobby bands require discipline. Otherwise, rehearsals become jam sessions. In my personal experience I have found that the issues that come up in bands stem from the members wanting different things out of the band experience. (Ronald DuConge)
- If you have a band you enjoy enough to dine with and laugh, yet tight enough to go to war and have your back, that's a pretty kick as* band (John Maglio)
- It's not just about the business, because as we all know the business pretty much SUCKS! The best part is playing. Especially when you experience those moments where everyone is connecting. (David Yukes)
- A band has the same dynamic as a romantic relationship, only multiplied by the number of band members... It's no wonder bands fall apart... best thing to do is get good at interpersonal relationships and choose bandmembers who are similarly inclined... Breakups may come less often and take longer to occur... And maybe even an occasional long term band might happen... ;) (Rob Patterson)
- In the age of DIY and horrible economic times for professional performers, it's a miracle any band stays together for longer than a year. (Irminsul)
What are your thoughts?
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