Where can I find musicians and band members?
Finding band members is no easy task: strong local musicians are often recruited quickly and, as we all know, there is never a shortage of available guitarists. To help you with your search, we’ve put together a list of ten ways to find and identify this elusive drummer, singer, or bagpiper.
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 can immediately see ads based on your location – there are thousands listed, so this is a good place to start.
Join my group
2. Gumtree (United Kingdom)
For many, Gumtree is the first thing that comes to their mind when considering advertising online. It’s free to post ads here, and you can search by region in the section called Music, Bands & Musicians.
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 a similar level. It is even possible to record and broadcast your performances.
We tested JamKazam playing guitar and drums (both with a high speed connection via Ethernet cable) and had a lot of fun – especially using our built-in plugins like AmpliTube.
4. BandMix (UK)
Another trusted resource for musicians looking to collaborate, BandMix lets you create your own profile, including audio samples of your work – this gives people the chance to hear what you’re doing and helps you narrow your search for collaborators. .
This one does what it says on the tin. A pleasantly old-school site aimed at musicians looking for a band, and bands looking for musicians. Just sign up and write an engaging ad, then wait for the responses to arrive. The website is free and features listings from countries around the world.
6. Craiglist (United States)
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 previous work and clearly describe what you’re looking for – this will help you find people you really want to work with.
Forums are a great way to research potential group members, and there’s no better choice than the world’s biggest: Reddit. The site has a number of dedicated subtitles 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, this is a solid place to begin your quest for musical connection.
r / FindABand
According to Kompoz, their platform allows you to “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 gives musicians a platform to upload unfinished compositions and find those who might be able to collaborate.
Wrote a solid riff but can’t play the drums? Just post your stems in the “Collaborations That Need Drums” section and watch the virtual group mates arrive. Kompoz operates on a tiered pricing structure, but you can get started for free.
Musician’s Contact has been providing a free service to find other musicians and singers for over 45 years. Ads are verified for accuracy by moderators, so you’re more likely to find potential legitimate 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.
10. Go outside!
There are many useful resources online for meeting musical collaborators, but we still strongly recommend that you do your IRL research. Advertising for band members locally can help you find like-minded musicians who live nearby, which will make it easier to meet for rehearsals ten times. Display flyers in concert halls, inquire in recording studios and rehearsal rooms, or just spread the word to friends and colleagues – you never know who might be looking to collaborate.