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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Soul Sanctuary Biography

December 20th, 2012 by

Who Are Soul Sanctuary?

Soul Sanctuary are a hard-hitting six piece Heavy Metal, Hard Rock hybrid from southern UK. British Heavy Metal FTW!

Soul Sanctuary Group Promo Current

Soul Sanctuary promotional shot 2013

What’s their story?

A long Time ago, in a galaxy far far away… Sorry, wrong story. **Cough, cough** Excuse me.

About Soul Sanctuary

Soul Sanctuary formed in 2006. The band’s d├ębut album “Afterlife” was a completely self-produced/self-published record, released on the bands own label, Forsaken Memory Records on Halloween 2009. Afterlife has thus far received some very positive feedback from independent media some even calling the album a “Masterpiece” while others have quoted the bands front man Luke Gibson as having “A scream to match any of the Metal Legends”. They have also shared the stage with the likes of Sonic Syndicate, Guthrie Govan, Blowsight, Esoterica & Dave McPherson of the band InMe. The band and it’s individual members have also enjoyed praise from the music press with features in online publications such as Total Guitar, Bizarre, Devolution, Metal Hammer, Metalsucks.net, Bloody Disgusting, Metal Injection, Comicbook.com, Blabbermouth and many more.

In 2011 Soul Sanctuary released the Single “Lest We Forget” in an effort to raise funds to the victims of the horrific Earthquake that struck Japan in March of the same year. The band’s fund raising efforts received widespread appreciation from the metal community and was published in several news outlets, including The Observer. They even received a special thank you letter from the House of Commons. Soul Sanctuary is a big supporter of charitable work and consistently looks for ways to support causes they believe in.

Because of Soul Sanctuary’s relentless online promotion, vocalist Michael Burrough was head-hunted and hired by the band The Raven Age who were very impressed by his vocal ability from the single “Lest We Forget”. The Raven Age have gone on to play the legendary Sonisphere Festival and a two week tour with Steve Harris’s (Iron Maiden Bassist) British Lion. Many more big tours are set for the very near future too. During this time Soul Sanctuary have decided to take an indefinite hiatus from touring and live shows while Michael works on The Raven Age. But plans to release material online in the mean time are in the works and should commence soon.

Soul Sanctuary 2010

Soul Sanctuary at the crypt, just after coming off stage.

Soul Sanctuary at the Red Lion, Photograph by Martin Hobby

Soul Sanctuary Live in 2010 at the Red Lion in Graves End.

Quotes from Music Critics:

“Afterlife is a delicious slice of modern metal, with verses meatier than a turducken, and a chorus more melodic than a canary on LSD.” – Bizarre
“This is amazing!” – Alex Herron (Scuzz TV)
“kick-ass… Br00tal!” – Metal Hammer
“Excellent. Driving, aggressive rock ‘n roll. I love it. Great vocals… Kick Ass Live Band!” – Wayne Thompson (TV Producer)
“WOW, I certainly wasn’t expecting this…Killer arrangements…you have a brand new fan!” – Beau Hill (Alice Cooper/Ratt/Winger/Twisted Sister)
“Ferociously felt and brilliantly played heavy metal 8/10” – East Magazine
“Musical Masterpiece 10/10” – Headbang Today
“A scream to match any of the metal legends 8/10” – Rock Sins
“Soul Sanctuary are less a band and more an invading army of metal!” – Total Guitar Magazine
“Afterlife is an exclusive piece of an amazing quality 17/20” – Spirit of Metal
“I Like Them” – Stuart Epps (Producer – Led Zeppelin/Oasis)
“The kind of metal that gets crowds jumping and heads banging” – SQ magazine
“Excellent musicianship” – Brighton Hotels

Okay, sounds interesting. What else have they done?

Where can I get more information?

If you are interested in purchasing any of Soul Sanctuary‘s music or merchandise, please visit the bands online store. You can get the latest updates from the band by visiting the bands News Feed or you can stay social with the band by liking and following them on their social networking pages on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube & Reverbnation.

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