In this episode of "Frequencies," Michael J. Johnson will talk about what it's like to be in a band, why bands break up, and his six "Rules For Being A Good Band-Mate." He will also share some of his many band experiences. Show notes are available at michaeljjohnsonmusic.com/blog.
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Intro music: Soul Magnets
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I’ve already gotten some responses from possible guests for future episodes, so stay tuned. While I’m not famous, I’m somewhat famous-adjacent, so I might be able to score some decent guests once the word gets out.
I will also be joined sometimes by my wife, the fabulous Ani Johnson. She has voiceover experience, and a very pleasant speaking voice!
I’ve been in quite a few bands over the years, both as a frontman and a sideman. So I want to talk about several issues related to being in a band, and the types of challenges as well as rewards that go with it.
Band dynamics are very complex. A band is like a family, and it’s not unusual to develop the same type of love/hate relationship with your bandmates that siblings often have.
My early band experiences were marred by:
- I hated rehearsing
Typical reasons a band breaks up:
- Ego clashes/personality clashes
- Outside influences, either a girlfriend/boyfriend, management, etc.
- Drugs & alcohol
- Unreasonable expectations or impatience
- No clear power structure
Michael J. Johnson’s rules for being a good bandmate
2. Be on time
3. Remember the band is not all about you
4. There’s a difference between rehearsal and practice
5. Be professional at the gig
6. Be fully committed