How to Start an Indie Band

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If you’re going to start an indie band with friends, you need more than just a shot of whiskey and a bottle of confidence. But hey, at least you’re on the right track! It doesn’t take a great deal of time to start an act that could make it big – internationally.

It might seem like a long shot, but it’s possible. You just need to get past a few challenges along the way.

Here are a few things to remember when starting an indie band.

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Get the right people

First of all, you need talents. And not just ordinary people you can pull from the street. You need people who can give your band life. It’s important along these lines that you focus on holding auditions in order to scout for people with the right skill sets. When advertising the auditions, it’s important to be very specific as to the qualifications you have set. Looking for a guitarist? Opt for someone who has a jazz background.

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Find your niche

Another important tip is to determine the market your band is aiming for. In other words, you need to know the genre in which you belong. You could be a math rock band or a techno-industrial-folk-Chilean-experimental band with death metal overtones, or you could be an electro-Armenian-punk duo. Whichever gimmick you choose, make sure that you stay committed to it.

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Invest in the right equipment

Of course, you can’t be a band without any instruments, but you don’t have to spend too much to make beautiful music. Secondhand guitars, amps, and drum kits are already enough since they make the iconic indie sound that’s raw and sentimental in a way. Any instrument will do after all, so don’t worry about money matters. It’s the music that matters, man!

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