You don't need one of these to make your long-distance band work. (Image via blogcdn.com)
There are a billion reasons your band might break up. Maybe that one member is always drunk, that other member is forever flaking, or your last few shows have been awful and there's no hope for improvement. Any number of things could go wrong. There's one cause of demise, though, that's basically obsolete in modern society: distance.
A lot of things can keep you apart – some of the aforementioned should, really – but the fact that the members of your band all live in different cities is no longer an insurmountable hurdle. Your bassist could move to Tokyo and your rhythm guitarist to Brooklyn, and so long as you've all got internet access, you could comfortably craft your next album as a group while you're still living in the homebase city where you formed. You could even meet your musical soulmate in London, return to wherever you live, and begin the project as a long-distance one.
Really, location is no longer limiting – unless your internet is down, of course. There are ways to improve the efficiency of miles-apart collaboration, though. Read our best practices below on how to create music with your bandmates without being in the same room, and stay tuned for part two in which we'll cover other logistics of being in a long-distance band, such as coordinating tours, planning budgets, and more!