10 Ways to Find Band Members and Musicians to Collaborate With

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Where can I find musicians and band members?

Finding band members is no small feat: strong local musicians are often recruited quickly and, as we all know, there is never a shortage of available guitarists. To help you in your search, we’ve put together a list of ten ways to find and pin down that elusive drummer, singer, or piper.

1. Join My Group (UK)

A website for those looking to make musical connections and collaborate with others. Sign up for free today and you’ll immediately be able to see ads based on your location – there are thousands of them listed, so it’s a good place to start.

Join my group

2. Gumtree (UK)

For many, Gumtree is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about advertising online. Posting ads here is free and you can search by region in the section called Music, bands and musicians.

Gum

3. JamKazam

JamKazam gives you the ability to play music live with others, online. Rehearse remotely with people you know or join open jam sessions with people playing at the same level of ability. It’s even possible to record and stream your performances.

We tested JamKazam, playing with guitar and drums (both connected at high speed via an ethernet cable) and had a lot of fun, especially using our built-in plugins such as AmpliTube.

JamKazam

4. BandMix (UK)

Another reliable resource for musicians looking to collaborate, BandMix lets you create your own profile, including audio clips of your work – this gives people the chance to hear what you’re talking about and helps narrow down your search for collaborators. .

BandMix

This one does what it says on the tin. A pleasantly old-school website for musicians looking for a band and bands looking for musicians. Simply register and write an attractive ad, then wait for the responses to arrive. The website is free and offers listings from countries all over the world.

Join-A-Band.com

6. Craigslist (USA)

America’s answer to Gumtree, Craigslist is probably the first place many will look when looking for musical co-conspirators. Head over to the website and open the Musicians category in their Community section. If you’re writing an ad for Craigslist, be sure to include examples of your past work and clearly describe what you’re looking for – this will help you find people you really want to work with.

craigslist

7.Reddit

Forums are a great way to research potential band members, and there’s no better choice than the biggest in the world: Reddit. The site has a number of dedicated subreddits for this purpose, including r/bandmembers, r/musicians, and r/NeedABand, but r/FindABand is your best bet. With over 6,000 members and a supportive community, it’s a solid place to start your quest for musical connection.

r/FindABand

8. Kompoz

According to Kompoz, their platform lets you “crowdsource songs with a bassist in Stockholm, a drummer in Nashville, and a guitarist in Kalamazoo.” Facilitating global collaboration through a cloud-based shared workspace, the site offers musicians a platform to upload unfinished compositions and search for those who might be able to collaborate.

You wrote a solid riff but you don’t know how to play the drums? Just post your stems to the “Collaborations That Need Battery” section and watch the virtual bandmates arrive. Kompoz operates on a tiered pricing structure, but you can get started for free.

Kompoz

Musician’s Contact has provided a free service to find other musicians and singers for over 45 years. Moderators check advertisements for accuracy, so you’re more likely to find legitimate potential group members here than on other similar websites. After creating a profile, musicians can specify the type of instrumentalist they are looking for and add more detailed requirements such as sight-reading ability and willingness to travel.

Contact of the musician

10. Get out!

There are many helpful resources online for meeting musical collaborators, but we highly recommend doing your research IRL. Advertising for band members locally can help you find like-minded musicians who live nearby, making it ten times easier to meet for rehearsals. Post flyers in concert halls, inquire in recording studios and rehearsal spaces, or just spread the word to friends and colleagues – you never know who might be looking to collaborate.

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