Being in a band, group, duo or even just a collaboration is a challenge in itself, being respectful, appropriate, and professional is a whole nother story. Most bands have a real difficult time maintaining consistency, keeping up with writing material, and in general treating each other well as time goes forward.

Presented by, today we’re going to go through what a failing band looks like, and how to know when your band is in the red. This doesn’t necessarily mean your project is finished, just in need of some love and repair.

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1. Creative Output Has Reached An All Time Low

When your band is in a creative funk, it can seem like it’s never going to rain again. The easiest thing to do is blame your bandmates and starting to point fingers, the truth is that there could be multiple reasons why your bands not producing anything.

A huge element I notice in many successful bands is clearly defined roles, many bands who get into quarrels and beefs tend to be stepping on each others roles/boundaries. When you’re focusing on reigniting your bands creativity, its key to let people sit in the role that’s most suited for them and then let them grow and try. I’ve seen so many groups switch up roles far to fast, sometimes you need to just focus on what your task is and not judge and worry about the other tasks (at first, and if it’s not becoming a recurring issue).

If you can’t trust the people you’re in a group with, maybe you shouldn’t be in that group. Maybe it’s time to have a sit down and discuss how everyone’s thinking.

2. You’re Not Enjoying The Shows

Playing live is one of the purest aspects of music, it is the moment where you and your band get to show off everything you’re worked for. If you’re properly prepared this should be some of the greatest moments your band has together. Gigging with the same people, playing the same songs, and doing this almost every night can take a lot out of you and can grow tiring.

Once playing together feels more like working then playing, it’s time to change something. Try changing up your set so the flow of the show feels different, how a set progresses is the journey you bring your audience on so the order in which you play your songs is integral. Another element you can change is where you’re playing, a lot of bands get locked into playing at the same venues and thus have a similar feeling and looking show every time. Play somewhere new, play a house party, try decorating and bringing some props, go in hours early and try to make the venue feel more like your band/branding.

If none of this works for you, and in general you’re still not enjoying the shows and it’s feeling like work. It may be time for a new group, or a change within your current group. The key here is communication, if you’re feeling this way make sure you communicate it to the other members of the group so they know how you’re feeling. This will help put everyone on the same page, and when you speak up you may notice other people feeling comfortable to speak up as well.

3. Spending More Time On Side Projects

Often times a side project is a great way to revitalize and invigorate your creativity and drive. This is really helpful to bring new and fresh ideas to your current band, this also helps you realize that your bands way of doing things isn’t the only one.

Now it can be a problem if you’re finding that you are dreading going to your main band after participating in the new project. This is not what you wan’t, if you feel this way it could be because your band isn’t functioning correctly and it needs aid, but it could also be that you guys aren’t very suited to work together over the long-term.

As long as you’re using side projects maturely, as in you’re exploring options that your main band just wouldn’t and instead of forcing your band to change direction you realize it’s your job to go off on your own and explore your own options. If you’re doing this the only negative possibility for your current band is if you notice that the new project functions more respectfully, quicker, and more efficiently.

Respecting yourself and your bandmates is crucial in creating a long lasting professional relationship, make sure you are constantly analyzing your effort, input, and overall mental health levels. Being in a toxic band is going to do nothing for you in the long run, so if you see yourself focusing attention elsewhere, not wanting to perform, or your group is not creating content. It may be time to move on and find a new group, get out there and meet people you never know what group is waiting for your skills and mindset.

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