A band is a unique and complex relationship, and with so many different personalities and goals among band members, things can sometimes get tricky. Some people are direct, some are passive, some are more organized than others. "Musicians are sensitive and odd creatures," says songwriter/guitarist Paul Hansen of indie folk band The Grownup Noise. "So inevitably, it will be a dysfunctional, but hopefully loving, family."
When you're creating, performing, traveling and practicing with the same people for hours on end, there's no question that leadership within the band is essential to get everyone on the same page, manage expectations and create camaraderie. "There’s no ambition without leadership," says Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Jeff Tobias. "Bands that function as total democracies can frequently be sluggish and often unsatisfying. In any case, someone needs to be steering the ship."