Bad band chemistry

Band Chemistry

The following band resources information is based upon input from numerous bands and musicians, the Bandmonster staff, and our contacts and resources in the music industry.

Quick Advice

  1. Pick your band members wisely (the easiest way to avoid bad band chemistry)
  2. Talent isn't everything. Sounding good is only half the battle - you need to gel as a band. If you're having fun together, the audience will feel it. If the guitarist and singer can't stand each other, the crowd will pick up on that, too. You might be able to fake your way through it, but you better be great at it. Otherwise, your audience won't respond well.

  3. Know your goals.
  4. If you each know what you want out of the band, you'll have a lot less problems. If you agree on what you want (just playing locally versus becoming world famous versus something in between) then you're all set. But what if the drummer loves playing shows, the singer desperately wants to be famous, and the bassist is just hoping to pick up a date? Well, now you know that your drummer will say yes to any kind of tour, the singer will want to tour in big cities, and the bassist will want big crowds and post-show mixers. Know what will make everyone happy, and go for it.

  5. Let go of the egos.
  6. Just because it's your idea, doesn't mean it's the best one. Be flexible - especially with the minor stuff. Does it really matter if the guitarist wants to move the third song on the set list up a spot? Be civil to each other, and try not to take anything too personally. Remember, you are in this to have fun, right?

  7. Know when to cut your losses.
  8. If someone in your band isn't working out, know when to say goodbye. Don't avoid it because no one wants to be the bad guy. Draw straws if you have to, or approach it together, but take care of it. It's always better than the alternative - practices becoming further apart until one day you realize you broke up without knowing it.

  9. Have fun.
  10. It will solve virtually any problem.


Recommended Reading for Better Band Chemistry

These are recommendations from our clients and staff (most of whom are in bands). If you have a suggestion, please contact us. If it's good, we'll list it.

How to Win Friends & Influence People
Dale Carnegie


Additional Resources

These are sites our clients and staff (most of whom are in bands) recommend. If you have a suggestion, please let us know. If it's good, we'll add it to the list.

Finding Band Members

Bandmix.com
Musicians wanted / classifieds site. Search and find local musicians. View and post profiles, etc.

Craigslist.com
Local classifieds community for just about anything, including musicians.


If you would like to contribute or make a suggestion for Band Chemistry (good experiences, bad experiences, or general advice), please contact us.

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