Band Dynamics

“Your ego has about as much control over what goes on as a child sitting next to his father in a car with a plastic steering wheel.” — Allan Watts

This quote ,often used in Pink Floyd debates, made me think of band dynamics and how 'ego' can create amazing pieces of work one day and tear them down the next. Almost everyone I have ever met in bands/music/arts has an ego, this is essential if you want to get up on a stage or put your work out for others to watch, listen and comment on. However, the older I get the more I realise bands needs a driving force, direction to take them forward. Democracy in a band slows everything down ,if everyone has an equal say you end up pulling in different directions or writing songs by committee. we would love to hear your views on this.

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  • Todd
    Todd New Hampshire
    I mostly agree with this, though it is nice to bounce ideas of other people. Nearly every band I've been in has split up or had tensions because of egos ,who contributes what etc. I love being part of a group because of the road trips, gigs and shared experiences but that is easy to say as I write the bulk of the material,Todd.

    I mostly agree with this, though it is nice to bounce ideas of other people. Nearly every band I've been in has split up or had tensions because of egos ,who contributes what etc. I love being part of a group because of the road trips, gigs and shared experiences but that is easy to say as I write the bulk of the material,Todd.

  • Dev
    Dev Ireland
    Totally! Without exception every band I have been involved in started to disintergrate as soon as every member demanded an equal say. Thats not to say they don't bring something to the table, of course they do but once everyone wants to write a song ,KABOOM.

    Totally! Without exception every band I have been involved in started to disintergrate as soon as every member demanded an equal say. Thats not to say they don't bring something to the table, of course they do but once everyone wants to write a song ,KABOOM.

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