By Soundstructure Studios
Most successful bands (and not-so-successful) bands have one thing in common: they use a dedicated practice space or studio to rehearse in. Sometimes these spaces are your parents’ garages, an empty building you have access to after-hours, and of course, actual rehearsal studios.
Why rent a practice space? Well, we are glad you asked…
One of the greatest things about having a practice space is that you can store your music gear, safely! No more dragging heavy amps back and forth between your home, or leaving something at your drummer’s house.
If you have tried to practice at home, you have probably been distracted and quit practicing at some point. When you have a special space to rehearse, however, and perhaps have to drive or take transit to get there, you’re more likely to get more done during that block of time you have set aside.
Nobody in your apartment wants to hear your band practicing at 1am. Also, most cities have noise ordinances, and if you don’t have something sound-proof like a basement room, it’s likely you will be heard.
Being able to get loud in a practice space helps you not only open up fully during rehearsal, but you can also get a better idea of how your music will sound at shows.
How many times have you not planned when to rehearse, tried to organize at the last minute, and then nobody can make it, or someone isn’t home to let everyone into the garage you’re playing in?
By having your own space, you can agree on a set time as a band and repeat that time weekly so that everyone knows when practice is, and can make sure to work that into their schedule!
Since most practice spaces are sound-proof and setup with PA systems and soundboard, you can easily record something like a demo since there are not that many sound-distractions. Although, sometimes the background noise makes for fun layers!
By investing in a practice space, you are investing in your music career. You are leveling-up your professionalism, and intentionally making the time and space to get serious about your music.