While many people may associate the term of a garage band to mean a recent rock and roll group with long hair that plays only loud music, the concept of garage bands actually goes back a long way into musical history. With early musicians, sometimes the only available space to practice and refine tunes would be in a garage. As the enclosed surroundings would limit the noise that escaped, a band could be able to work on their songs without needing to worry about disturbing the neighbors. Even in earlier times, practicing in a studio could be a very costly effort, a privilege that many bands could simply not afford. Before their big break, many hit bands were actually garage bands that were perfecting their sound.
In today's times, bands still use a garage on a regular basis as a place to play. Most of these bands have grand dreams about how to make it out of the garage and get a record deal that allows them to use the best studios at their leisure. However, this transition from a fledgling start to superstar status does not come easy and a garage band needs to take things one step at a time. As is always the case, the first and most important aspect is the music. A garage band will need to compose and rehearse a collection of songs that can be recorded or played live. One the band is comfortable with how the songs have developed, the next step is to share them with an audience. This audience can be a private performance for only friends, but a great way to gain more exposure is to play an actual show.
At a live show, the audience for the garage band will not be only limited to the friends of the band, but invitations can be sent to important local people in the music business and promotions can be made in the way of flyers, posters, and radio advertisements. Charging a small admission for these early shows can help the band build up enough funds to pay for a studio session where they can lay down their songs with an experienced producer. If a band has reached this point, it may be time to start thinking about hiring a manager that will take care of the business concerns and should be able to locate the right people in the music scene that are able to help the band's climb to stardom.
The manager will need to distribute the band's demo recordings to radio stations and record labels to gain exposure and increase the popularity of the group. If a talent expert at a record label thinks the music could be profitable, he can sign the band to a contract that will finally take them out of the garage and into fame.