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Sunday, February 26, 2012

How to deal with a troublesome band Member

Current mood: contemplative

It may possibly be the most common problem most if not all bands come across. An issue that can make or break your bands future.
But what do you do when one of the band members just isn't pulling there weight? especially if the band member is one of your good friends.
Obviously with you been so close you want to refrain from the aftermath of been overly blunt. But you can't tip toe around this either if it's having a detrimental affect on your bands progression. 
Firstly its key to gauge how serious the other band members see the band and the problem in hand; as this will help you set the tone of what could potentially be a tricky situation.

Now unfortunately in this tricky situation there is no easy solution. To put it simply, your going to have an awkward conversation.
Now it seems to be a natural reaction that everyone and anyone automatically avoids any form of awkward communication. Afterall if this came naturally the daytime talk show industry would instantly become redundant.
But regardless of how badly you wish to find an alternative solution; communication is always the best option.
Now this may seem like I'm stating the obvious, but the real key to navigating this rocky road is how you approach the dreaded awkward conversation.
Focus on the outcome you want
Firstly you need to consider what it is you want to come out of the conversation. In most cases you'll want them to feel valued, motivated and most importantly excited. Afterall you want them to put the effort in, and to achieve this they have to want to put the effort in.
So to start, dont be too overbearing, condescending or sarcastic. You have to control your frustration and annoyance. Allowing this to creep into the conversation will create conflict; and this will ultimately lead to an outcome thats difficult to rectify.
Utilise an effective and proven sales technique: Focus on them
Those people who work in sales, or business in general, will know that the key to effective communication is to focus on your customer. Now this maybe a completely different senario but the same principle can be just as effective.
The main element of this is to make sure your not focusing on what you see as the problem. Your not talking from a perspective of "I think this" or "I think that". Focus on them and draw them into the conversation.
Achieve this by asking how they see the band progressing and what they'd like to do moving forward. Get a feeling for where they're at so you come across as inquisitive ans interested in their point of view. That way it doesn't seem your pulling them to one side to criticise them.

No-one reacts well to direct criticism so dont ask why their fooling around, instead ask what they think of your ideas, and casually drop in that their help can achieve them.
That way your ensuring you're always talking and not lecturing.
Afterall , if you can't manage to have a normal casual conversation with your best friend, then you've a whole different problem you need to address.

Finally, try and always remember...
Atsome point you were both excited about been in a band and you both at some point had the same vision. To maintain that vision as you progress, and to ensure that you remain on the same page, you must communicate and respect each others opinions.
Talking through your points of view and finding compromises should come naturally to anything you do as a team. A band is no different, and hopefully this will help prevent tricky and awkward situations arising.
if they do, then this article will help you to remember those simple and effective steps you often forget when someone is rubbing you the wrong way.


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Friday, February 24, 2012

Seeing your band as a business - Thinking out loud

Current mood: contemplative

I've been thinking about what you need to focus on to progress as a band/musican, and subsequently wanted to write my thoughts down somewhere.

The basis of making a band successful has to start with how you see the band, and I think the best place to start is to see the band as a business. A business with something to sell.
As someone who works in B2B sales, I know that the key to this is knowing your customer and knowing what it is your trying to sell. 
In the case of a band or musician I can think of  3 main things you should aim to sell:

1. Your music
2. Yourselves
3. An experience

The main element will obviously be your music, you want to capture your audience and make them want to listen and share your songs. Obviously to maximise your chances of this you have to know your audience and promote your songs correctly to them. For instance, if your aiming at students then there's no point in focusing on getting your songs played on the radio if you can be more successful buying advertising space on a Univeristy campus.

You also want to sell yourselves and your image. It's all good focusing on the music and hoping that'll be enough. But in reality you want people to be interested in you, in what your doing and what your working on. It's always encouraging to get as many facebook fans or twitter followers as possible, but you also want to maximise how many of them actually take an interest in your updates, and how many will be looking out for your next track/video or live show.
And lastly your selling an experience. Your show is your big sell. You need to make people want to make that effort to come see for band play live. If you sell them a great experience then they'll be more inclined to make the effort to spend their time and money to come see you again. A great experience will also encourage those at the show who dont know you, to look you up and follow you further. 
Obviously enjoyment is the main factor of been part of any band, but if you want to reach out further than just your friends and family, you need to be more business minded. It'll help keep you focused, make you feel you have a plan, and most importantly help you successfully reach your goals. 
So by getting together, doing your research and setting your goals you can ensure that all members of the band know what it is your trying to achieve. Thus helping band harmony and allowing you to focus on creating the best "product" available.
Thank you,
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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Nothing Ever Changes - Lyrics (1st Draft) - 5/7/11

Still working away trying to get back into the flow of songwriting. As such I've just been working away pulling quick ideas together.

Here's something I wrote this afternoon, hope you enjoy it.

Nothing Ever Changes

I wish I could open up,
the time thats passed,
Like an open book,
answers questions asked.

If i could just recall,
how the ending goes
A story stopped,
in a plot thats froze

And my feet hurt,
And my minds blank
My eyes are getting heavy,
Failing to keep steady

For I cant see...too far ahead.
Seems to starts again.
And as the earth.... goes round the sun,
we remember....Its the same for everyone.

...Nothing ever changes...

If i could embrace,
who I think i see
untie his ropes
and set him free

I cant see...too far ahead.
Seems to starts again.
And as the earth.... goes round the sun,
we remember....Its the same for everyone.

Interlude x2
Been here...before
Back where we started
Go round...once more
Nothing ever changes

I cant see...too far ahead.
Seems to starts again.

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Saturday, July 02, 2011

Your Story - Lyrics (First Post) - 2/7/11

This is the first song I've written in a long time and the first one I've posted on UG.

Your thoughts appreciated, as it stands its a pretty simple format, but that could all change once the music is written.

Happy to give feedback to those writers kind enough to review.

Thank you

Your Story (title not finalized!)

Verse 1
There's a clock that lies
Telling you that You've got time
But I think you'll find
they're not the kind to wait

Verse 2
Still the stories grow
saying what the neighbours know
No matter where you go
they'll show upon your face

And another moment falls, to reach what's gone
Regrets dont feel small, you've got to carry on

every cloud, in the sky
Is a story that isnt a lie
they come, they go
You shouldn't pass them by

For you'll see, yourself
your horizon, no-one else
Your story means, matters most, or so it seems.

Verse 3

its not what they believe
seeing what they want to see
anything for mystery
they'll be the last to know

Verse 4
They may seem so loud
using it to keep you down
you can turn it all around
The grounds to warm to hate

And another moment falls, to reach what's gone
Regrets dont feel small, you've got to carry on

every cloud, in the sky
Is a story that isnt a lie
they come, they go
You shouldn't pass them by

For you'll see, yourself
your horizon, no-one else
Your story means, matters most, or so it seems.
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