Research: Members

Most successful bands have this in common: friendship. Whether it is an established friendship or just a tendency to get along with each other, it seems like your friends will make the best choices for band members. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were friends as children in an English primary school over 10 years before forming The Rolling Stones. Paul McCartney and John Lennon hit it off immediately, starting to write songs together only days after meeting. Before the year ended McCartney had convinced Lennon to let his good friend George Harrison join the band.

If none of your friends know how to play instruments, then I would suggest trying to meet some new friends who do. It might also be a good idea to join a group of friends who are already playing together, as when Gram Parsons joined The Byrds in 1968, taking the already established group in a fresh new direction.

Without individual playing experience, your friends will probably flop as bandmates. However, there are some cases in which inexperienced musicians become part of successful bands. Michael Clarke was picked up to play drums for The Byrds based on his resemblance to The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones than his musical skills. At that time, Clarke had little to no experience. Maybe you can do it too.


Created by Wade Powell