Starting A Rock Band: 4 Tips To Help You Start A Band

April 19th, 2013 by
Ex Soul Sanctuary Guitarist Ben Taylor

Putting together a band

How Do You Start A Rock Band?

You have talent for music, you love playing, and now you want to take that extra step and create a band but don’t know where to start. Many musicians starting out don’t know where to begin on their journey towards musical success. Some musicians want to be a part of a band whereas some want to play solo; however both involve a different style of music.

Putting together a band can be difficult; especially if you don’t know many people that want to be a part of one, however doing so isn’t impossible. Whether you are looking to just start a garage band or even take it a step further and start to perform at venues, consider some of the tips below.

Friends and Family

There may be a family member or friend that enjoys playing a specific instrument and wants to find band mates to play with. If you haven’t already asked the people you know whether they are willing to put together a band and play together, then do so! Consider asking your friends if they know of anyone that is willing to join in.

Social Media

Social media doesn’t just give you the ability to connect with people you know, but also people you don’t know. Websites such as Twitter give you the ability to include hashtags in your tweets so others who search that keyword can see your tweet. Soundcloud is another great way to connect with other musicians.

Make sure you post on your personal social media accounts stating you are on the lookout and want to start a band. Be sure to stay consistent on these sites.

Networking

Find events you can go to where you are able to connect and network with others that are interested in music. Don’t be shy to approach someone. In fact, taking a friend or two with you can be extremely beneficial as to who you can potentially meet.

Of course, it isn’t usual to find a band mate overnight, so give it some time to get to know the people you meet. Check out their interests and get to know their take on music and this will help you decide if they qualify as a potential band member.

Practice, Practice and Practice

Once you have found your band mates, make sure you practice, practice, and practice. Even if you set up a band just for pleasurable garage play, the better you all play together the more enjoyable your sessions will be.

 Remember that everything takes time, and putting together a band for a pleasure to the ears session or even potentially playing at venues is not easy.

About The Author:

Robert is a professional musician and songwriter. He has written his own guitar tutorial that is easy for children to learn. In his spare he enjoys hiking, enjoying the outdoors and going to jazz clubs.

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MACHINE HEAD: Guitarist steps in on Steel Panther for two songs live

March 28th, 2013 by
Machine Head

Machine Head Guitarist joins Steel Panther on stage!

Machine Head are a long time favourite of Soul Sanctuary, but a recent appearance from the guitarist of the big MH at a Steel Panther concert was very surprising to say the least. But a pleasant surprise nonetheless. According to a report from Blabbermouth.

Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel, recently shared the stage and spotlight with Steel Panther, the LA based 80’s hairstyle glam-rock parody band. He stepped up to the plate at San Francisco, California’s Regency Ballroom on the 23rd of March to help perform two of Steel Panther’s prankster anthems (songs): “Turn Out The Lights” and “Asian Hooker”. Luckily for us this rare spectacle was witnessed by someone with the good sense to whip out his camera and get filming, The Fan-filmed video footage of Phil Demmel’s appearance on stage with Steel Panther can be seen below.

On the 13th of April Steel Panther kicks of their interestingly named S.T.D. (Spreading The Disease) Tour, The tour is set over 20 dates starting in Orlando, Florida at WJRR’s Earthday Birthday.

Lexxi Foxx was quoted as saying “What better way to kick off the S.T.D. tour than with a concert to celebrate the Earth’s birthday”.

Steel Panther

Steel Panther with Machine Head!

We here at Soul Sanctuary love random guest appearances like this, and really they should happen more often. It’s always the unusual events at live shows that you will remember the most. If a band plays exactly like a CD you might as well have stayed at home and listened to the CD, the whole point of a live show is for the experience, so we take our hats off to Machine Head Guitarist, Phil Demmel and the rest of the Steel Panther crew because this shit is what rock n roll is all about.

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The End of Mötley Crüe? Nikki Sixx speaks about Mötley Crüe’s demise.

March 10th, 2013 by
Motley Crue to go out with a band!

The final curtain for Motley Crue?

It’s the end of the world as we know it

It wouldn’t be an exaggerated claim to say that Mötley Crüe has for better or worse been one of the most influential/successful rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time. That’s why we bring you the word straight from the horse’s mouth that Mötley Crüe are soon to be no more. According to sources at TheMusic.com.au an interview with Nikki Sixx, has revealed in detail, Mötley Crüe’s plans to go out with a bang.

Nikki Sixx, Mötley Crüe’s infamous bass player stated “I wanna finish our movie [The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band] and put out a new album,” Nikki brought up mention of a soundtrack in the works and “a farewell tour”. “We’ll be back in Australia and, ah, that’ll be it, I can honourably say, We did it our way and we’re never coming back.”

Nikki was extremely adamant about the band’s future spilt and farewell tour. He accentuated that the split will mark the end of the band’s 30 year career permanently and he has no interest in any sort of reunion later down the line. This will be the final nail in the coffin for Mötley Crüe.

Not gonna beat a dead horse

Nikki Sixx continued “It’s important that when you do a farewell tour that people understand that when you put a bullet in the back of the horse’s head, and it goes down, it’s not a plastic bullet it’s a fucking shotgun blast.” The bassist continued to describe in graphic detail the execution of the four-legged farm-yard animal before saying, “It’s the only way I can look at myself in the mirror and do a farewell tour. That’s it. So when we take our final bow, it’s IT. I will cry. I cry thinking about it.” He expressed.

For more than 30 years, the hell hounds of Mötley Crüe have been creating musical chaos for their millions of fans around the globe, many of whom will certainly be saddened by the news of the final curtain coming to a close on such an illustrious career for these musical giants. In 2004 the original Mötley Crüe line-up reunited after a long line of line-up changes and an age of turbulence among the band members, upon announcing the Carnival Of Sins reunion tour in December of the same year.

Since then, the band released their ninth album [Saints Of Los Angeles] in 2008, backed by relentless touring including and their current co-headline tour with glam rock legends KISS.

There will be no sequel

Mr. Sixx went on to describe his feelings “So it’s very emotional and I just think it’s important that we finish what we started and then, you know, it will be whatever it will be. It could be beautiful. It could be a beautiful ending! [Like] When you go and see a great movie.”

Nikki concluded with the analogy “I’ll leave you with this: when you go and see a great fucking movie and it ends and you go, ‘Fuck!’ like, you walk out and you go, ‘That was amazing! That blew my mind!’ It’s not like, ‘That blew my mind and, um, maybe there’ll be a sequel to it’.”

So will this finally be it for the almighty Mötley Crüe? It seems that it is the case. Nikki at least seems to believe so. Who are we to argue with him? So our advise to any Mötley Crüe fans out there, if you haven’t seen them live, take this chance to do it, because it’s the last chance you’re ever going get. I can imagine that those tickets are going sell like hot cakes during a famine. So tell us: are you sad about the news that Mötley Crüe are soon to end their career? leave a comment down below and let us know your thoughts, good or bad.

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