As a musician or music producer, you often need to find musicians to help with an upcoming project. Whether you need vocals for a song or a guitarist to play a riff, you have to try and find the best people for the job. This can be a challenge, and it usually means you waste a lot of time waiting around searching.
With that in mind, you need to know how to find musicians to work with. The good news is that it’s a lot easier than it used to be and far more straightforward than you think. Ultimately, it comes down to asking the right questions before you begin your search.
What do you require a musician for?
There are so many reasons you may need to find talented musicians:
- An upcoming live performance
- You’re starting a band
- You want to join a band
- You’re looking for help with session work
- You have a project in the works
- You’re just looking to play casually
Clearly, the reason behind your search will play a huge role in which musicians you need to look for. For example, if you have an upcoming gig and the guitarist in your band has fallen ill, then you need to find someone with live performance experience and vast song knowledge to fill in for them.
When you answer this question, it sets the wheels in motion for everything that follows.
What level of skill should the musician have?
Again, this depends on your answer to the previous question. In the example we used, you’d need a highly experienced and skilled musician. However, if you’re just looking to have some fun in the studio, then you may not care about the skill level.
As a general rule, you should look for the most skilled musicians if you need them for professional projects. This includes live performances, songwriting, single recording, and anything else that falls into this category. If your needs are more casual, then the skill level doesn’t really matter.
How much do you want to pay?
Musicians don’t work for free. Unless you’re looking to find someone that’s interested in just jamming out, then you’re going to have to pay for the person’s services. Remember, this is a job for a lot of the people you come into contact with. They can’t afford to take hours out of their day just to help you with a project – especially if you stand to make money from it!
So, there comes the question of how much are you willing to pay? Obviously, much depends on what type of musician you’re seeking out, what instrument they play, and how long you need them for. To give you some idea of industry averages, Last Minute Musicians calculates that solo singers command fees ranging from £50-£650 per hour for live performances. It can honestly vary so much – but expect that the less you pay, the less skilled and experienced the musician will be.
As a general rule, you should expect to pay over £100 per hour for a talented and experienced musician. If you can afford to pay more, then you will find the best musicians around. If you choose to pay less, then you’re looking at inexperienced musicians. Who knows, these musicians could be amazing but lack the experience to warrant high fees. So, you may uncover a hidden gem!
Where can you find musicians?
When you’ve taken everything into account, you should know what you need the musicians for, how much skill they need, and the price you’re willing to pay. Now, you can actually go out and find them. This is made easy thanks to the many places you can seek out willing musicians online. Here are a few places you may want to try out:
Of course, we couldn’t not include ourselves here. Cosound is a music industry app that helps bring musicians together. It’s an opportunity for music artists, producers, and even businesses to find talented individuals and connect with one another. The app comes out soon this year, so pre-register now!
You can find just about anything on Gumtree, and musicians are there in abundance. You just have to list your own advert for whatever type of musician you want and wait for them to contact you.
This is another great website where you can sign up and place a free ad. JoinMyBand has thousands of musicians always looking for work or fun.
You could also take to social media and create a post on Facebook looking for musicians, then get your friends and family to share it around. The same applied to Instagram or Twitter as well.
Hopefully, this short guide has given you all the tools you need to go out and find musicians to work with. Now, you can quickly get back to what you enjoy most of all, playing music!