Tips for Choosing a Good Band Name

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Once you’ve reached that point in your music career where you’ve perfected your skills to a T and learned all you can through music lessons, the next logical step is showcasing your talents around Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, and beyond! For a majority of musicians, that means forming a band or joining an existing one. If you decide to form your own band, one of the first major decisions you’ll need to make as a group is figuring out a band name.

Believe it or not, a good band name can make a difference! Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of the most important things to consider when naming your band to ensure you choose a band name truly worthy of the rockstars you are!

Think Big Picture

With all the fun and excitement that playing in a band can bring, it’s easy to focus strictly on the music and nothing else. However, if you want your band to succeed, you need to think about more than songs, practice sessions, and music lessons. You need to think about your brand, and that all starts with a strong band name. When naming your band, you’ll want to choose a name that will not only resonate with fans but will lend itself to branding and merchandising efforts. Steer clear of long, hard to pronounce or meaningless band names. Instead, opt for something that’s personal, memorable, and will look good printed on a shirt!

Consider Genre

A good band name should accurately reflect the musical genre of the band. When choosing your band name, be sure to pick a name that suits your band’s particular musical style. Often, the public’s first introduction to your music is through your band name, so your name should naturally be an extension of your sound while also encompassing the overall vibe of your band.

Do Some Research

Once you’ve narrowed down your list of possible band names, it’s a good idea to make sure no one else already has that name. Doing a quick Google search should tell you if that band name is already in use. Likewise, it’s smart to check if it’s available as a domain name, which will allow you to create a website using your band name as the HTML address. Doing this little bit of work in the beginning will save you lots of potential time and frustration later on down the road.

Timeless Over Trendy

Although it’s tempting to choose a band name that’s super trendy and of the moment, remember that, if all goes well, you’ll have this name for years to come. For that reason, it’s better to pick a band name that is timeless and will still seem cool in ten, fifteen, or even twenty years.

While there’s no arguing that a good band name is an important component of a band’s success, more important is the band’s actual music abilities and skills. In short, don’t stress out about the name too much. Remember, even the most amazing band name won’t attract fans if the music is garbage!

For help becoming band ready, contact Scottsdale Music Academy or sign up for individual or group music lessons here.

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