We covered quite a distance in our article last week and today we are getting a bit deeper on some of the points we discussed. Sometimes people always think for you to have a successful band depends on having the best Bass Guitarist, the best Pianist or best Drummer.
Its awesome to have the best in your band but that doesn’t define a successful band, its no guarantee that the band will make it far. We have seen over the years a lot of bands with great players not lasting long, you ask yourself one question “but why?”. One thing is certain ‘ATTITUDE’.
You see YOUR ATTITUDE DETERMINES YOUR ALTITUDE, if you have a very bad attitude you won’t make it far.With a bad attitude your current ‘success’ is very temporal. In a lot of cases most bands go down the moment they start quite a substantial amount of money.
This brings us yet to another recipe for failure and that is GREED! When the band was starting out there was so much unity and enthusiasm I mean they could even go for free gigs, nobody would complain.
Today they are making thousands of ‘Benjamins’ and all hell breaks loose, you will hear the pianist saying ‘i’m the one who makes all music arrangements so I deserve more’.
You have such members in your band? believe me you are sitting on a time bomb. You see i’m one individual who believes in written agreements. Verbal agreements are good but i’ve been a victim of these verbal agreement some years back. Word of mouth is not enough as far as I am concerned because if anything goes wrong you have no legal ground to claim anything from anyone.
In a band also it must be on paper the of every band member and the dividends of their services. Most artists overlook this process but believe me it protects you from being exploited at any given point. In a nutshell there must be a lot of professionalism in any group of people coming together to push or pursue a vision.
Happy 35 Years of Independence to my Beloved country Zimbabwe!