Where to Find Compatible Musicians
This is the first part of a two-part post on how to find compatible musicians to collaborate with in your songs. You can find the second part here.
If you are an artist, you will agree that the best concert performance can only be a rewarding experience when you playing your song with the correct musical accompaniments and the experience can be richer if you have other artists to complement the concert with their songs or at least their vocals.
But if you are an upcoming musician with little experience but you have good vocals which surely promise you to one day become a famous and popular, you might have a hard time finding the right individuals to play the accompaniments and more importantly the company of other musicians to voice up your concerts. This shouldn’t make you spend sleepless nights agonizing on your next move. This guide is supposed to help you find the right people to liven up your concerts.
Have a portfolio
It’s advisable to have a portfolio of your own recordings and songs because this is what will be selling your talent as you pitch to other musicians. You may need to set up a website or a blog where you will be uploading your song and also sending potential candidates to see your work and give them an opportunity to judge if you are the right person for them to work with.
Music bulletin boards
Of course the best step to start anything successfully is always to launch is locally. You need to at least have a local fan base before branching out and you first step should be the local music bulletin boards in your area. Here you will be looking at other local musicians who are either upcoming or already established and would love to have music collaborations.
If they are already established, you can bet that they will already have a band in place for playing the accompaniments and thus part of your worries may be reduced for your next song if they are willing to work out something with you. Otherwise you still have another task of finding skilled accompaniment players willing to work with you which means that you should be prepared for the challenges presented by this option.
Blogs and websites
Today, almost all musician have at least a blog or a website where most of their music details such as upcoming concerts, songs etc are listed. You can get contact details from the blog/site of a musician who you feel will love working with you and contact them with your intentions. Make sure you are very particular about your intentions and skills.
Social media fan pages and music groups
Musicians are also fond of having fan pages in social media where they update most of their details. They also belong to several social media groups where they share with other musician and fans. You will need to join such groups and be active in commenting, advising and also selling yourself.
There are several entertainments listing in newspapers, magazines, popular restaurants and nightclubs where you can get more information about a musician and can also know what genre of music is played at a certain place and the date and time scheduled for this. This can give you more information on where to start.
You need to visiting music recording and production studios of the genre which you also sing and meet with the recording executives who most a times will be willing to give you more info of the musician looking for collaboration and may also suggest to the musicians about a collabo with you if they feel that you have got what it takes.
Most musicians don’t love looking and organizing for gigs and mostly leaves this work to event organizers who do them for a fee. Visit such companies and pitch your talent.
It’s common for musicians to have managers to help them take care of the activities of their careers as well as handling the finances and their schedules. A visit to them is important because these managers are usually trusted and they can advise their clients of a potential hit if they collaborate with you in a certain song.