First, some background. I have no idea how to play any instruments, and no musical training at all, but I`m very passionate about songs. I recently examined a Casio keyboard and it has a lot of stored sound-tracks.
I know there`ll be a learning curve, but I`m always interested in learning new things. So for the moment, I`m thinking I can use the Casio to handle the original songs we`ll play on our tour.
Another problem I need some advice with is that I don`t yet have any other members of the band. I`ve been reading, and have learned that a bass player and drummer are pretty important. When an audience comes to a concert they tend to look at those two instruments a lot.
What I was thinking was to put an ad on Craig`s List (no relation) for someone to partner with me on an equity basis. Since I have no money, I`m thinking they could help me learn how the Casio works, and in exchange they could get some of the money from the concert tour.
Is there a template I could use to put together a band? What I`m hoping is to copy something like "Journey," where I could create the same band but substitute myself for the various members of the band. Is there a legal reason why I shouldn`t consider playing all the different instruments and also be Steve Perry? Can`t I just sing the same stuff?
We`re thinking we`d like to start small, so mostly we`d play Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Gardens, and a couple of other concert halls in New York City. After that, we`ll try and book the main venues across the rest of the country.
I`m wondering....should I form an LLC? I looked at Legal Zoom but didn`t see anything about forming a rock band. Another question I have is whether or not I need to trademark the songs I`m going to make from the Casio. Since it`s a template, can I patent them?
One of the other problems I`m researching is how to get investors. I watched a concert the other day on TV and it looked like they were using about $500,000 for the equipment. Since I don`t know anyone in the music business, that`s just a guess. But I checked on eBay and a lot of the pictures there looked like what I saw.
I`m hoping someone else has put together their own concert rock band from scratch like this because I`m thinking about which model Casio to buy. There`s one that has 21 keys on the keyboard, and another that has 66 keys. Does it matter how many keys there are on one of these things?
Hoping for your helpful insights.....