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9 Reasons Your Band Isn’t Going Anywhere

9 Reasons Your Band Isn’t Going Anywhere

Most bands start off as hobbies, out of passion. Usually, bands consist of younger people, either teenagers or young adults. In the beginning, it tends to go really well. Band members are relaxed and there are no big issues. Additionally, they don’t really have any expectations and, in this atmosphere, they are able to improve themselves individually and as a band.

However, after some time has passed and you’ve had a couple of shows and maybe even released an album of your own, you start to realize that you are standing in one place and that there is no real progress with the whole band.

This is where a lot of them get stuck and can’t move forward; in some cases, they even fall apart because of the frustration caused by the lack of progress. On the other hand, if you overcome these issues, you will be able to grow both as individual musicians and as a band even further, and maybe even achieve some real success.

Music is an amazing thing and succeeding as a band is worth trying. So, let’s see what the reasons for your stagnation might be and what you should look to improve.

1. Lack of motivation

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    As I mentioned before, most bands are formed out of young members that have a great passion for music. This passion fuels them to work hard and they are motivated to take on whatever comes their way. Additionally, when you get into it, everything is new and you have a constant feeling like something amazing is happening. Even when bad things happen, you see them as useful experiences that can help you in the future, and they can.

    However, now, you might have opened some new chapters in life and you have other responsibilities as well. You cannot focus all of your efforts on your band and, suddenly, people stop being motivated and they start forgetting about your music. If you want to create new music which will be fun for people to listen, you need to think about it constantly.

    Additionally, you have to practice as well. If you are currently stuck in a rut, ideas might start rolling in while you play your instrument. You cannot simply come to rehearsals and think about your band and music only then. To be a great band, you need to invest yourselves in it as much as possible.

    2. You don’t deliver your music as well as you should

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      In the early stages, you probably had a lot of people come up to you and say “hey you played well!” but this doesn’t mean that you’ve done your job. Chances are that those people though you sounded decent, but considering that you are a new, young band, they didn’t expect any better.

      However, as you grow older, people will start to expect that your performance keeps getting better and better. You will get bigger crowds on your shows and there will be more of “those people” that like to stand at back and listen to everything you are playing and say “Aha! He made a mistake there.”

      If you are going to spread a good word about your band, you need to simply destroy each show, no matter how big or small it might be. When you sound perfect on stage, people will recognize it and they will tell others how great you sounded and this might spark their curiosity to look you up online or come to your show next time.

      Since we are talking about your online presence, let’s get to the next step.

      3. Your band doesn’t have an online presence

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        Besides the fact that the most important things about being successful as a band are to deliver great live performances and create amazing music people will enjoy listening to, it is also important that you harness more potential fans through other efforts like promoting your band online. We live in a digital age where people want to find everything online, and this includes music as well.

        A band needs to be active all the time, even when it’s not. In between your shows and during them, you can post various updated online and promote your band. It’s essential to have a website and social media pages. It may seem like something you are not supposed to do, but trust me, if you want to become a famous musician, you too will have to think about the little things like investing in good hosting, hiring someone to design a decent website and working on your branding.

        Only collectors buy CDs today and you cannot rely on them. Instead, you need to make yourselves available online, provide information about your band, show where they can download your songs, post pictures from your recent gigs or rehearsals, etc. In music, marketing is as important as being a good band.

        Your social media and your website are basically free marketing channels and, if you invest some time in managing them, you might open up many opportunities ahead of you.

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        4. Not doing any real band management

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          In the beginning, you all loved playing shows so much that you played all of them. Although this is cool, it might not lead you to become more successful. It’s true what I said that a well-played show might lead to more fans or even some managers approaching you, but you need to play at a show where there are valuable crowds that might find value in what you do. Playing random gigs wherever you get the chance has never brought anything to anyone and you need to stop doing them.

          Trying to play as many shows as possible is not the answer. The better way to is to actually put in effort into getting some better gigs at festivals or try to get a spot as an opening band for some more popular groups.

          In music, it’s all about networking and creating valuable connections with important people who can get you somewhere. Don’t swim against the tide and play the game if you want to achieve something.

          5. Bad stage performance

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            A lot of bands feel like they only have to play well live and do nothing else to leave an impression on the crowd. Well, they are wrong, and if you think like this, you are also wrong. Music is entertainment after all, and you need to, well, entertain people!

            Give them a night to remember, play with passion and find your own style. Nobody wants to watch a couple of senior citizens going on the stage and looking at their instruments during the whole show.

            Move on the stage, jump around, engage the crowd, talk to them directly, and create a connection on each of your shows. Music is supposed to be fun and people come out to shows to have a great time and not analyze how you play (at least most of them). There are a lot of bands who aren’t so good at making music, but they deliver amazing performance and the crowds respond to that.

            In the end, they don’t even care if they didn’t play so well, as long as they had fun.

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            6. No image of your own

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              The image is actually very important for a band. It’s a huge part of your brand. Like it or not, most people will usually check out a band because they look interesting to them. You should look to create an image of your own and adjust it to the type of music you are playing and the audience that listens to this kind of music.

              This can easily be the first step towards attracting someone, and if your music is good, you will gain loyal fans that will support you anywhere. Your image should be consistent with your music and express the things you are trying to say with your music. This will make it easier for people to know what you are all about.

              When a band has no image, it won’t be memorable and fans will quickly forget about you. Additionally, record labels want memorability and they want bands that have a potential to stay known for a while. They pay a lot of attention on how a certain band is perceived with the crowd and, if they see potential, they will go for it.

              7. Bad communication between band members

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                For a band to function properly, there must be good communication between members. A band that communicates well both verbally and musically can create better music, have better relationships, look more appealing, and become a better band overall. Everybody needs to be on the same page and this is how you will achieve your goals over time.

                A band is like a relationship, only here you have more than one partner. Everything that has been left unsaid can cause serious problems in the long run. If someone is not doing their job, others need to let that person know what he or she is doing wrong. There is no room for hard feelings here, as you all must put the well-being of the band first.

                When you listen to each other and create an atmosphere of mutual understandings, you will truly work together on creating unique music which is a product of all band members. This is the key for memorable and ground-breaking music not a lot of bands out there have.

                8. Expecting a lot without investing anything

                We all dream big and hope that someday, we will get a record deal where everything will be taken care of and the only thing you need to focus on is playing. Every band would love to get there, but you must work hard and put in a lot of effort, time, energy, and money, if you are ever to reach that goal. I cannot count how many times my band mates and I had gigs on our own expense and traveled so many miles to end up losing money.

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                If a show is worth it, pay your own expenses to get there, as it will pay off in the long run. Make your own band material such as CDs, t-shirts, flyers, posters, etc. Don’t be scared to invest in your band on your own and spend some of your own money. Nobody likes bands that act like stars and want everything served to them on a silver platter. Even those bands that are famous get a bad reputation for acting cocky.

                If you are too busy with other things in life, consider hiring a manager who will establish important connections and set up gigs for you. This might seem easy, but it’s really not and only people who tried doing this on their own know what I’m talking about.

                9. Lack of professionalism

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                  You might think “well that band plays thrash metal, they don’t care about anything, they just drink and go crazy on stage.” This is not true. Although some bands may appear that way on stage, the reality could be quite different. Stage performances are one thing but the behavior off stage could be quite different.

                  Bands which are not respectful of managers, promoters, crowds, and other bands cannot expect to make it. For example, you should always look to prepare yourself before the show and get on the stage as quickly as you can and when you are done playing, get off the stage as fast as you can without breaking your time on stage.

                  Never trash other bands online or in real life, no matter how bad they might be. You are not accomplishing anything by doing this; you’re only hurting your reputation. The audience is there to decide who they like, not you, and although sometimes it might feel bad to see that some band has a lot more attention than you, it should only serve as a motivating factor.

                  Have a professional attitude and look to work on yourselves instead of focusing on other musicians or other relevant people in the music world.

                  In the end, it’s important that you all set your expectations low, but dream big. Always look on the bright side and focus on the good things that happened. It’s tough for bands out there, no matter what genre we are talking about and, sometimes, even if you play your cards right, you won’t get what you deserve.

                  Still, even if you don’t achieve the glory you dreamed of having, a band can be a great hobby that can get you a decent amount of money and amazing experiences and friendships for life. Rock on!

                  Featured photo credit: https://www.pexels.com/u/picjumbo-com-55570/ via pexels.com

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                  The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

                  The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

                  Regardless of whether you hold an entry-level administration role or regularly travel to the ends of the Earth as a hot-shot senior executive, you can still find yourself harboring an emptiness… a feeling that something is missing. A popular assumption that experiencing job satisfaction and a successful career should be underpinned by a well-rounded suite of tangible benefits, no longer holds true for many of us.

                  We’d never deny health care benefits, appropriate and fair remuneration, bonuses and travel perks in a job package. However, even if served to us on a silver platter, those features can only satiate us to a certain point.

                  You might wonder what governs entrepreneurs and start-up business owners to quit their lucrative jobs, essentially look the gift horse in the mouth and kiss such benefits goodbye! There can be an irresistible pull to mastermind a business with products and/or services that serve the greater good of community wider than that constituting their daily existence.

                  Even with research showing entrepreneurship to pose greater threats to their mental and physical health, this unique breed of individuals choose to go against the grain in chasing their dreams of being their own boss. Why? Why would anyone risk this type of career suicide?

                  Whether you’re an employee, have recently taken the leap to being a business owner or been in business for a while, the commonality is a congenital condition we all share as human beings; to feel a sense of purpose, value and contribution to our community. Despite it being harder to find this for ourselves in today’s world, these approaches will help you achieve ultimate satisfaction through the twists, turns and joyrides that are essential features of shaping a successful career.

                  1. Search for Opportunities That Feed Your Passion, Not Temporary Excitement

                  Even though well-intended, the ‘feel good now’ compass that career coaches and consultants often recommend you use to create career satisfaction can actually do you more harm than good. Excitement is transient. It doesn’t last. Passion is the compass you need.

                  Passion and excitement are two different things. The resounding career legacy that still draws you to turn up on the job regardless of the sunshine or storm that awaits you…that’s passion. It’s like a mental and/or emotional itch you can’t shrug off. Staying attuned to that calling will breed success for you sooner or later. Patience is key.

                  You’re also likely to have more than one key passion. Beware of getting caught in the notion you have to find your one true purpose. In fact, run immediately from any coach who tells you there is only one. There isn’t.

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                  Your passion is a journey that can take multiple forms so forget thinking there is the single dream job out there that will give you satisfaction in every way you can imagine. It simply doesn’t exist.

                  Consider embracing different roles and projects to help you fuel your passion or fuel your pursuits in finding it. Job satisfaction and your career success will be all the more sweeter from a wider range of enriching experiences.

                  2. Don’t Position Job and Career Satisfaction Assessments as Pivotal Guides to Your Success

                  Despite their popular use for vocational guidance, assessment tools such as Gallup’s Clifton Strengths and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator have come under fire[1] as being limited to the amount of true value and direction they can offer partakers.[2] These and many other guidance assessment tools (e.g. VIA Character Strengths , DISC ) are self-report questionnaires that don’t have normative population data against which to compare your results.

                  Simply remember these tools help you develop a stronger sense of what you identify as strengths and weaknesses within yourself, not in comparison with other people. They will still add insight around what sorts of career opportunities, tasks and projects are going to light your fire, what ones are going to extinguish it and what will prod and keep the coals steadily smoldering.

                  3. Be Clear on Your Personal Values, Ethics and Principles and Choose Relationships That Support You Honoring Them

                  Teamwork, collaboration, open communication and trust are commonplace for any flourishing work environment. However, whether or not your personal values can be honored in your work can make or break your job satisfaction.

                  How committed do you want to be to an organization that expects an average of 10 unpaid overtime hours every week under the guise of ‘reasonable overtime’? Are you willing to accept their construing this expectation as ‘strong commitment’ at the expense of your partner and children waiting at home for you? What are your boundaries concerning when you clock on to their time and when you clock off to yours?

                  Being very in tune with what your personal values, principles and ethics are will bid you well in the job satisfaction stakes. Spending time to reflect on experiences and working relationships you’ve had – the good, the bad and the ugly – will help you make well-informed searches and grounded decisions that will propel your career success.

                  Finding and nurturing relationships with associates and colleagues who share similar values doesn’t just make your day-to-day pursuits more enjoyable. You become fortunate to work with like-minded people who will support, understand and appreciate you like a second family.

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                  Being able to honor your personal values in your work means you will still be able to sleep at night when you have to tread where others fear to, and make extremely difficult decisions others would never ever dream of having to make as you forge success in your career.

                  4. Be Clear on Your Own Definition of What Having a Successful Career Means for You

                  It’s tempting to get caught up in the ideals and projections of success expressed by those we love, admire and respect. Underneath, we all want on some level to belong to a successful club of some sort.

                  With research reporting how much money we feel we need to be truly happy,[3] many of us try to subscribe to the notion that having the car of our dreams or taking a European holiday annually will not bring us happiness. The truth, however, for many of us is these tangible rewards are congratulatory reminders of our persistent efforts to chase our career pursuits.

                  If those are things you aspire to, don’t let anyone steal your desire and want to feel deserving of these things, that those are some parameters by which you define your career success.

                  Despite consistently being the top revenue earner for two years running, you may not wish to become the sales manager. You may not wish to step out into running your own business even though you consistently excel as an employee, delighting clients and repeatedly receiving glowing testimonials.

                  Your definition of career success might be enjoying the predictability of a regular workplace routine. You get to leave – without feeling guilty – at the same time each day, love the people you work with and get to spend a good, uninterrupted amount of work-stress free quality time with your family. That picture is also blissful job satisfaction and complete career success.

                  5. Identify the Sorts of Challenges and Problems You Want to Learn to Overcome

                  Standard advice you might receive from a career coach might be to look for opportunities where you get to capitalize on exercising your strengths and career-related activities you enjoy.

                  However, to become a success at anything involves improvement. To excel at anything often involves stepping outside boundaries and comfort zones where others wouldn’t. This means dedicating focus and attention to things you’re not so good at and things you don’t like.

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                  Here’s where working with a coach can be particularly helpful. Map out the experiences that were unsavory in your working history. Were there challenges you opted out of, projects you failed at or toxic relationships that blasted your sense of purpose and self-worth into oblivion? It’s within these experiences that you might just find the most valuable lessons and guiding lights for your trajectory to achieve greater job satisfaction.

                  If your natural leadership style is to be a collaborator, finding opportunities that require you to apply a more dictatorial style might be needed. Discussing a secondment or short-term project where you get to develop and test your skills can be a step further in earning contention to lead a larger project down the track.

                  With several of the company’s boldest personality types penciled to roll out the operation, you’ll not only develop skills that earn your right to throw your hat in the ring; those key players have an opportunity to see your competence. You can then work on building relationships with those stakeholders before you need to hit the ground running should you win the lead.

                  Greater job satisfaction comes with planning and choosing the lessons and opportunities you want to learn, not desperately flailing, floundering and hoping for the best.

                  6. Keep Reviewing Your Goal Posts and Be Amenable to Change

                  The word ‘career’ is indicative of a longer-term pathway of change, growth and development. The journey is dynamic.

                  You will accumulate new skills and let those you no longer need, become rusty. Your intrigue will be stimulated by new experiences, knowledge and people you meet. Your thinking will continue to expand, not shrink. As a result, your goalposts are likely to change.

                  A major part of enjoying a successful career is not just setting goals effectively, but regularly reviewing and readjusting them where necessary. However, moving the posts or the target still needs to take place by applying the same processes by which you originally created them. The strength of your emotional connection to those revised goals needs to be the same, if not stronger.

                  By asking yourself the following questions, you can assure your developmental and growth trajectory is still on course:

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                  • Would working toward these goals still allow me to honor my personal values, principles and ethics at the same capacity if not greater?
                  • Do the activities I need to undertake to meet these goals honor my highest priorities?
                  • Does this feel right for me and those who are nearest and dearest to me?
                  • Is this aligned with my passion?
                  • Is chasing this goal a right step for me to take now or is this a detour or distraction which could delay my greater plan?

                  Each of your career goals should have different review periods. Whatever you do, stick to the review schedule you set. It will not only keep you focused but help you see your progress (or lack thereof) and allow you to timely re-chart your course before you get too far down the track. You don’t want to waste time haphazardly heading in the wrong direction.

                  7. Be Prepared to Let Go

                  It can be unfathomable to us as to why others risk leaping into the unknown when everything truly appears fine and dandy in the career realm. The company provided stability, recognition, financial success, interesting projects and the promise of a promotion…what was wrong? Why now jump sideways to run a café or train in another field altogether?

                  Nothing may have been wrong at all. It was all going right. It was just the end of a chapter. Perhaps the yearning for the next step is actually taking a different trajectory entirely. You may want to simply experience a different rhythm. Perhaps it’s time to pursue a different passion.

                  If you have leaped from employee-land to freelancing or have made the reverse-jump (or you know someone who has), you will have quickly grown a different appreciation for pros and cons each work lifestyle brings. Working for yourself can bring the greater realization of your creativity, whether or not it can be monetized to earn you a living.

                  When your customers are buying you or a product you designed and fashioned, there is a direct level of appreciation and gratitude that can elevate your confidence in the way you have never experienced as an employee, regardless of your rank.

                  Similarly, there are times where we need to recognize our business ventures were adventures, not long-term life-changing empires. There are times we need to recognize that time is what provides the clearest limitation of how long we persist for in such pursuits.

                  We have to recognize the absence of enough financial, mental, emotional and physical breadcrumbs that tells us we’re no longer meant to push in that direction. At least, not for the present time.

                  The Bottom Line

                  Above all, keep the momentum. As long as you remain committed to pursuing work opportunities that allow you to honor your highest priorities, the truth of who you are and what you stand for, achieving ultimate job satisfaction and a successful career will never be too far away.

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