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Old 06-18-2008, 01:27 PM
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Top 10 Signs It's Time to Fire a Band Member

No one wants to have to do it, but there may come a point when a single member of the band really is holding everyone back. It isnít a decision to be made lightly, but if it is really keeping you from seeing your potential, you need to make your decision with your head, not your heart. How do you know if itís time to fire a band member? Here are some signs to look out for:

1. They arenít making it to practice/rehearsal

Being in a band requires a certain commitment of time and energy. Regular rehearsal is the lifeblood of any hungry young band, and if someone isnít willing to take the time to be there, it doesnít matter how talented they are (or think they are). It is simply not going to work. A successful band has an element of business to it, and holding regularly scheduled practices that everyone is expected to attend is just good business. It ensures that youíre ready to kick ass at your shows and it gives the band time to gel and work out the kinks in their performance and relationship. This is a totally non-negotiable issue. No practice, no play.

2. They are easily combustible.

Everybody has problems. That doesnít mean it is ok to blow up and freak out on other people regularly. If everyone in the band feels like they have to tiptoe around one person because they donít want to deal with the ensuing drama that is sure to occur if they get upsetóthen itís time for that person to take some time for themselves and work their issues out. Just like a family, a band is dependent on each member making a positive contribution.

3. They refuse to support the decisions of the whole group.

Hey, itís great if you have strong vision and a lot of creative energy, but if everything always has to be one personís way, then things are going to get very uncomfortable very quickly. Every member should be able to contribute in ways that makes them feel good and excited about what youíre all doing. Every member should be able to say how they feel and express their style. If one person is making it all about them, or if they are a control freak who insists that they know whatís best at all times, then itís not a band. Itís a dictatorship.

4. They donít buy in to the whole vision of the band and music.

Every band has a vision for their music. The collective talent of the members creates a unique and beautiful blend that comes across in a single style which defines them. Because of that, itís important that every person in the band feels like they can stand behind the music youíre playing. If even one member of the band doesnít feel like they can support the overall musical vision of the band, then youíre not getting 100% of their creative energy, and itís going to affect your success. Sometimes it is as simple as a mismatch between one personís style and the rest of the band. Sometimes it may be something deeper. Whatever it is needs to be addressed. Until everyone gets on the same page, youíre not going anywhere.

5. They refuse to try to improve themselves.

Even the most successful musicians in the world canít sit back on their laurels and coast through their careers. Being an artist requires constant attention to your craft. That means practice, trying new things, learning techniques, knowing the business, and being open to new creative ideas. If someone has an attitude that they donít need to improve themselves, or if they are just plain lazy, they arenít ready to move forward with your band.

6. They have a problem with drugs and booze.

This can be a difficult issue, because you donít want to hurt someone when theyíre at a low point. On the other hand, you donít want them to think they can go on destroying themselves and taking your band down with them. Itís worth talking to them if they seem to be developing a habit that is out of control, expressing your concern, and giving them some information and resources on how to handle things. If they refuse to listen, or if itís beyond anything you think you can handle, itís time for a serious ultimatum. For some, using drugs and alcohol can be part of the musical culture, and sometimes it is hard to know where to draw the line, but if you see someoneís habit affecting their art, their relationships, and their health, itís time to get serious.

7. They are hyper-critical of one or more members.

Every band wants to be the best they can be, and itís really important to have honest self-criticism from both inside and outside the band. But if someone is fixated on every single tiny mistake or error that is made, they are not being helpful. Constant criticism is a good hint that someone is dissatisfied overall with what they are doing. It may be time for that person to move on and they might not know how to express it to the bandóor they may not even realize it themselves. But you canít let someone be a constant drain on the energy of your group just because they themselves are dissatisfied. Itís time to sit down and talk to them about whatís happening, and whether or not they need to go somewhere else to be happy.

8. You find out theyíre talking smack about one or all of the members to other people.

Everyone needs to vent once in a while. Bands are like any other relationships. Sometimes thereís conflict and sometimes you need to just talk to a trusted friend and get some perspective. But if one of the members of the band is out airing dirty laundry all over town, itís time to have a ďfamily meetingĒ and find out whatís going on. Creative energy is best expressed in an environment of trust and confidence. When a band gets together to create music, theyíre baring their souls to one another. If one member of the band is untrustworthy and canít talk to the other members about a problem they have with them, then the creative energy is not going to flow. A person who refuses to communicate with the band but is talking all over town is a liability.

9. They refuse to pull their weight.

In the beginning, every member of the band has to wear multiple hats. Everyone is collectively responsible for publicity, sharing expenses, and being present and honest during practice. Thereís no free ride, and no one is too good to hang up flyers or pick up a case of t-shirts. If someone doesnít want to roll up their sleeves and pitch in, tell them to go be a slacker in someone elseís band.

10. They are always trying to borrowómoney, instruments, drugs, etc.

Even if one member of the band has more than the others, itís never ok to mooch. If you canít buy your own beers, itís not ok to ask everyone else to cover you. Same goes for rent, guitar strings, weed, hair gel and toilet paper. Some people might view their band as a family, but you know something? Itís still not okay to mooch of your family, either.
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I don't know who the hell wrote this but I only see two,(6&9) that apply in the real working world AND I'm not sure I know what #1 is much less when it happens.
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Ive' seen 5,6 and 9 happen.
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What's "practice"?
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What's "practice"?


"Practice" - is essentially that time when the talented members of the band show up to play with the untalented members; with hopes that they can catch up to the rest of the band; at least close enough not to embarass the talented members during a gig by fucking up songs .

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I thought that was 'rehearsal.'

Practice is what you do at home alone.
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You mean I'M A DRUMMER??????!!!!!!!?????????!!!!!!?????????
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no, I thought you were a musician!
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Uh, I think I need a new bassplayer....
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