Leading/fronting a band
November 20, 2012 9:33 PM
posted by unSane (3 comments total)
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Be careful what you wish for! I'm now, for the first time in my life, in the position of fronting a band for which I'm the sole songwriter and I'm wondering what advice you have for me.
I don't really know exactly how it happened but I now have a full band and they're really pretty darn good and we all get on like a house on fire. Our only issue is that we have limited time to rehearse -- about 2.5 hrs a week -- and my songs are very tricky with lots of stops and starts and modulations and so on. On the plus side, everyone's totally into the songs and remarkably ego-less for the moment, and our rehearsals are super-focused. I'm playing rhythm and singing and basically driving everything from schedule to arrangements to... well everything. If I don't make it happen it doesn't happen.
I've never been in this position before. What advice do you have for me in terms of how to treat everyone and keep the whole thing going, and also just the basics of fronting a band live?
Bonus Q: From the limited exposure we've had so far it seems that people really respond to the songs-as-songs... after every performance I've had people coming up and talking to me about that (in fact, that's how I recruited most of the band). What advice do you have for building that kind of word-of-mouth?