2 – Clashing personalities
You’ve never really noticed how annoying the singer/ guitarist/ drummer/ insert other band member here really is until you’re cramped into a tour van with them for a month. Between their ego and their desire to control every decision the band makes, you sit and think… ‘I can’t deal with them for a few minutes let alone the rest of our career’.
Being in a band is hard! Simon and Garfunkel, Noel and Liam, Lennon and McCartney, Axl Rose and Slash (plus hundreds of others) have all had major fallouts, some of which are irreparable, even despite their previous success and the huge stakes at play. One thing that’s certain for all artists is that you need to be able to work well with others. It could be others in your band, managers, publishers, or even your fans but without their support you are going nowhere.
That doesn’t mean that you need to bend over backwards to please them. Communicating in an upfront and honest way will help others respect you. Ultimately everyone is pushing towards the same goal of success so put time into keeping your relationships positive, otherwise people will quickly move on to the next promising artist.