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It’s Not You, It’s Me: How to Tactfully Break Up With Your Band

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Are you starting to feel like you need a break from your band? Maybe you need some space to think about the direction you want your music career to go in, or maybe you need some time away from music altogether. Perhaps you enjoy being in the band, but you've been asked to go on tour with another group and aren't quite sure if you'll be welcomed back with open arms after being MIA for the better part of a year.

How to Navigate Your Role in a Band

E Street Band rehearsal (photo by Lynn Goldsmith)

If you've recently been asked to join a band, there are some pieces of information you're going to want to find out before you make the commitment. You might be swept up and enamored by the idea of working with these particular cats, but check the fundamentals first. Since being a band member requires a lot of time, work, and energy, it's totally valid and smart to make sure right up front that the gig fits your lifestyle, goals, needs, and expectations.

14 Rules for Being a Good Bandmate

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A band is simultaneously a friendship, a collaborative partnership and a business. Although it might be less personal and intimate than a romantic relationship, it is quite possibly more complicated. That's because there are usually more than two people involved, and everyone has an opinion. We are artists after all, so being sensitive and having opinions come with the territory of creating things.

It goes without saying that it can be challenging to keep balance within the group dynamic. In order to keep things smooth, fun, purposeful and positive, it's best to have a clear direction and communicate openly as a group. It's also important to make sure that you're personally doing your part to help the band be the best it can be. Here are a few guidelines you should follow to optimize the experience for yourself and everyone else involved.

Spotlight On: Kydd

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Brooklyn-based experimental hip hop artist Kydd was selected through Sonicbids to perform at the 10th Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival on July 12, 2014 alongside fellow Sonicbids artist The Audible Doctor and headliners Raekwon and Jay Electronica. It's New York's largest hip hop festival, showcasing the genre's most innovative artists while promoting social change and building community. 

Spotlight On: Vaughn Lowery of 360 Magazine

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Vaughn Lowery is probably best described as a renaissance man. Born and raised in Detroit, he's a scholar, actor, model and entertainer with a degree from Cornell University in Industrial & Labor Relations. He got his start by interning at Vibe magazine and went on to become the founder of 360 Magazine, an award-winning publication that celebrates artists, fashion and diversity. He is also an international talent, known as the spokesperson for Joe Boxer recognized for his appearances in "Scrubs" and "America’s Next Top Model."

Vaughn uses Sonicbids to find top talent for 360, giving up-and-coming artists the opportunity to receive press and social media support from an international publication. Below, Vaughn illustrates how he got where he is today and why he trusts Sonicbids to find the artists he's looking for.