Category: Band personnel

The New Year’s Phenomenon

At the end of year, you may have noticed that Craig’s List turns into a hotbed of musician postings: old people looking for new projects, young people looking for “working” bands, neophytes demonstrating first attempts at networking with poorly worded ads.  Plus lots of…

The Lessons of session musicians

In the cover band world, a group starts to transcend hobby status when sidemen enter the picture.  Sidemen, aka freelancers, aka “guns for hire” or session musicians are contracted on a temporary basis for their chops, and their ability to fill a hole quickly. …

Finding band mates – the lazy Craig’s List way…

Here’s part II of your annual Craig’s List refresher course (auditioning and following up).  But first, keep in mind that there are two much more effective ways to find band mates, other than CL: Network, network, network! Get out and network with real musicians…

Your annual tips for making the most of Craig’s List

The average band has the need to source at least one new player every year. If you haven’t been networking all along, this process might sneak up on you, and chances are you’ll revert to the simplest, cheapest route for recruiting new talent –…

The seven most common causes of band implosion

It’s a near-scientific fact: 80% of bands implode within a year. Of those that stay the course, 50% will have turnover of personnel within the next two years. Here are the 7 most common pitfalls for band implosion, along with some preventative measures you…

Are you DIY or DIAY?

Sure, you know what DIY means: Do it Yourself. You can write your own songs, record yourself, book yourself, market yourself, finance yourself, maintain that website yourself, play lawyer yourself, keep track of the books yourself…you get the idea. But have you ever screwed…

Chatting with band personnel

When you are a five piece band and only have eight fans at a show, something is wrong…and it’s time to have a serious chat with your band mates. Is it possible that you are all social misfits? Is musical talent lacking? Perhaps there…

5 quick steps for getting your band mates on the same page…

Musicians by nature are a flaky brood.  We all have different tastes and influences that have shaped us into who we are as musicians.  We are all fairly strong willed in our own way.  And all musicians are perfectionists in one way or another…

The blurry lines of sidemen musicians

Picking up where we left off, convincing the Colorado Department of Labor that your sidemen are independent contractors is a difficult task.  The DOL automatically assumes an employee status unless you can justify IC status.  Even with tight IC agreements in place, every case…

Musicians as employees or independent contractors?

Are you a full time musician in Colorado (or part timer generating income)?  Band leader and/or sideman/woman?  Then there is something you should know… Several cases have been coming before the Colorado Department of Labor recently; these involve the distinction between “employee” status and…

The most critical personnel for your band….

The single most important ingredient of any band is the person known as the band manager.  Do you have one?  For better or worse, I bet you do… Band Managers Band managers are the goal setters, sometimes visionaries, schedulers and organizers, and often a…