The Drumming System (affiliate link) has some great tips on working with a band. Working with other people can be a challenge for everyone, regardless of your profession.
When you begin working with a band, realize that this is your new immediate family and group of business partners. Obviously, you want to all get along. Go into any new situation with an open mind.
You are there for one purpose: to play music.
- Egos are problem and this can put a halt on things. Leave your ego at the door.
- Make sure you have common music and business goals in mind. Don’t feel pressured into doing something you don’t want to do.
- If you’re in a band, you don’t have to be friends with the band. Think of it like coworkers. You might not be friends, but work together as a team to get the job done.
- Get to rehearsals on time. If you have to bring your own gear, show up early. For me, early is on time. This is a way to show respect for everyone else’s time.
- When you’re rehearsing, make sure everyone can hear each other. I make it a point to make sure the bass player and I can hear and see each other clearly. This important on stage as well as in rehearsal.
To sum things up, it’s all about respect (don’t start playing while your guitar player is tuning up). Most importantly, expect to be respected.
I am so grateful that I am a working drummer. As a personal rule, I only work with people I feel good about. I’ve turned down high-paying and high-profile work because of people. I’ve learned the hard way that if you don’t feel good about the people you are working with, things will end badly in one way or another.