Recruiting band members. Painful first steps.

Recruiting band members is painful.  When you put out an ad for a musician, you will likely get 90% of the respondents that never even read your ad.  They’ll see I am a bassist, ignore the genres I want, and try to recruit me into their new-wave, indie, post-punk emo band.

Knowing this, I’m going to follow a few tactics.  First, I’m going to create an ad that is specific of the music genres I want, has links to what I’ve done in the past, and has hard requirements such “Must be 21+”.  (Many shows I’ve played are in bars.  It sucks to be under 21 and not be able to hang out with the rest of the band.)

To begin with, I’m going to create an ad for Craigslist, and I’m going to reach out to my friends on Facebook.  I’ll try newspapers and weeklies later, but I want to see how much success I can get with just these two.  First, Craigslist.

Here’s the ad I created:

In my ad, I tried to be as specific as possible as well as giving enough information on my own background.  In addition, I referenced specific bands and gave an alternative means of contacting me.

Looking through other Craigslist ads, I noticed people not providing links to hear either their band or music they’ve done in the past.  This is annoying.  At the very least, fire up a webcam or even your cell phone, take a video of you playing something, and upload to YouTube.  Might not be great quality, but it lets people trying to see if you’re good enough for their band.  In my case, I had a link to previous music I’ve done with my former band, THE THEM.

Now that I have the Craigslist ad, I’m going to enlist my friends to help out.  Who knows who they know?  They might have a friend who is just the right fit.  So, I threw out the following to my friends on Facebook.

Need a guitarist and drummer for my new band, Shiplosion.  http://shiplosion.com/.  This is going to be a hybrid metal, punk, rock n roll type of band with a focus on the audience partying and having fun.  If anyone knows some talented musicians that are 21+, have their own transportation, and have their own equipment.  Send them my way!   http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/muc/2142187318.htm

And that’s it for today.  Now, I’m going to start working on some new music on my own.  Maybe have some ideas ready for the first few musicians who may or may not reply…

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