It all sounds very glamorous and a dream come true, but realistically being part of a band is a lot more complicated than meets the eye. Whether one is joining or forming a band for the first time, or whether you have been in a band before, there is a lot to be said with regard to the importance of finding common ground with potential band mates. For example, if you want to focus on writing Pop, Rock or Blues and yet everyone you seem to be coming into contact with want to either play Jazz or Country, then chances are that the situation either will not work out or it will be short lived.
However, if you are the type of musician who is extremely flexible and you are open to playing with whoever comes across your path then maybe things just might work out. The thing is though when you decide to join or form a band then the direction of the band musically speaking needs to be established right from the get-go. Everyone in the band has to have the same level of dedication or things just might fall apart as quickly as they came together.
When it comes to being in a band there is a lot of sacrificing that needs to be made in order for it to get up and running. Sacrifice comes in many different forms, one of which is the financial burden since traveling, lodging, clothing and pay-to-play clubs all cost money. Another one is personal time, and yet if you expect to get anywhere at all you have to put your best foot forward and be willing to set some activities on hold in order to write, record and perform the music the band will be known for playing.
I say all of this because there are people who are perfectly happy getting together with fellow musicians for some weekend jamming, which is all fine and well, but if you are otherwise inclined and want to do it for a living then everybody in the band has to be on the same page at the same time so that the band functions like a well-oiled machine. Anything less than 100 percent effort just won’t cut it when it comes to pursuing music on a serious level. Lastly, it needs to be understood that this will not just be another 9 to 5 career but a life style.