Themes about being in a band or music are not uncommon in the anime-manga world. In fact, a lot of these series have characters or plots that depict real personalities and emotions of a musician and the struggles they experience while being in a band. This article is for those interested in starting a band – anime style.
FIND YOUR PASSION
First and most important, is the drive to have a dream or an idol or even a rival that will inspire you to go beyond your abilities in the future? You will need this inspiration to feed your passion in music. Take for example the story of Koyuki from Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, who begins his journey to music because of a guitarist named Ryuusuke, who eventually teaches Koyuki to play the guitar and invites him to be part of the band BECK. The whole band dreams to make it big and perform in the festival Grateful Sound 5.
LEARN TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT
Next is pick an instrument. It doesn?t matter if you have zero knowledge in what you choose for as long as you are willing to dedicate your time and effort, surely with determination, you?ll eventually succeed. Try to watch K-On for this. Like Yui Hirasawa?s character, through constant practice and support from friends, she becomes a good guitar player eventually. Allowing the Light Music Club to play a solid performance in a school event.?
CREATE YOUR LOOK
The genre of the music you choose will greatly impact your fans if you also dress the part. Black Stones from the Manga Nana is so punk-rock in their 80?s glam and 90?s grunge get up. You and your bandmates can experiment and express yourselves, not just with the music you create but with the fashion and on-stage antics as well.
HAVE A CATCHY NAME
Choose a super cool or even just a catchy name for your band. There are absolutely no rules for this so just have fun with process. Here are some of the famous bands featured in an anime: Detroit Metal City (DMC), Fire Bomber (Macross 7), Girls Dead Monsters (Angel Beats!), Bad Luck (Gravitation), to name a few.
BE A TEAM, NOT JUST A BAND
Lastly is to observe respect among each other and everyone involved in the band. This is to avoid clashing of ideas and interests that might tear you apart. Being in a band requires team effort, dedication, and perseverance. Take pointers from the suggested animes above when you watch them. It won?t always be fun and games if you want your band to succeed. You will definitely need to grow together, through experiences and overcoming challenges, before you can sell that first album. We guarantee it will be worth it.
Go out now and start a band! For more anime stories and news, visit TheBitBag.