Six People to Avoid When Forming a Band

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Dave Watt

4. Too Punk

Everyone loves to have a good time. Unfortunately, those that suffer from being Too Punk have a tendency to do it by getting hammered and breaking things without worrying about any consequences. Which, I'll admit, is awesome, but good luck getting booked anywhere. Unless you're cool with your band only lasting about a year (which, come to think of it, is about how long we estimate most bands should last anyway), avoid the one-man mosh pit and his fingerless gloves of terror.

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Dave Watt

3. Art School Know-It-All

You know who has an opinion on absolutely everything related to music? It's the person who spent $40,000 on a degree as useful as majoring in music journalism.

The Art School Know-It-All either has too much money to create substantive and meaningful art or they boldly put it all on the line, delusional enough to believe there's some sort of lucrative career waiting for them. Regardless of which one it is, you're guaranteed hours of conversation on why your favorite band sucks because of the sound of the kick drum on one of their albums.

In the interest of fairness, not everyone who goes to one of these schools fits this archetype. The major exception to the rule is the willfully bankrupt freak that never intended to pay their student loans back anyway -- just don't expect them to have practice-space rent.

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joelgentry5577
joelgentry5577

I picture this drew guy a little of all these people......

rafilo7
rafilo7

Aren't bands, duos and solos made up of Truly Talented ? Why did you included them on such a list ?

John Parker
John Parker

great article but i sort of feel like if you avoided all these people there wouldn't really be anyone to work with...

Jamie M. George
Jamie M. George

The "yeah I'm a drummer.... uhhh do you have a kit i could use......and can you pick me up for practice......and haul my gear to shows" drummer.

tonytribolet
tonytribolet

Forgot about the Talentless Delusional Despot. The one that thinks that the band has a serious future in the music business and will make a million dollars only if the rest of the band accepts the Despot's leadership as the only one with the raw talent to take the band somewhere. they are either lead guitar players that can't improvise and the rest of the band is off tempo or they are lead singers and the rest of the band is off key.

Jack Semelsberger
Jack Semelsberger

Yes, by all means, avoid having a talented person at all costs!!! Not even one!

__SineadMc
__SineadMc

@szrcha I wonder if I'm attractive tattoo asshole, without the selfish dick tendencies that it O_o

Stephen Haake
Stephen Haake

I've seen some of those however, have been lucky enough to have avoided most of them.... there are maybe 1 or 2 more that could be added to that list tho. I would fall under the music school one lol... I guess... or maybe the truly talented...

Metalmoccha
Metalmoccha

@BenOrum I'm not really any of them. But I'd be the "John Bonham" if I were in a band. And nobody would want that.

Winston Dunbar
Winston Dunbar

Been through all of these. Several times, perhaps.

FastLoudKarl
FastLoudKarl

@BenOrum I'm neither of them. Closest would be truly talented, but I'm not at all talented.

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