I get asked this question a lot, "What steps should I take as an artist just starting out?"
So, I thought I would take a moment to answer how the "step-by-step" process went for Meg and Dia.
Step 1. Form band. Find your new drummer and bass player in front of a local Mexican restaurant. Also, sometimes you can use the dude that your dating. (I used this method to find the first bass player for Meg and Dia. Wouldn't recommend it for obvious reasons.) Sometimes the band member becomes the dude that you're dating (I WOULD recommend this for obvious reasons:)
Step 2. Write songs. (Pretty straight forward)
Step 3a. Fund recording. Back when we first started we used the method called: parents. It worked pretty well for us…
Step 3b. Record songs.
Step 4. Find a vehicle. Make the drummer do the driving. (Drummers don't mind driving, because they get an opportunity to practice their beats on the steering wheel.) Please note: Never let the singer drive! They will listen to Michael Jackson on repeat volume level 11, and the only thing they're driving is...you crazy!
Step 5. Send out demos to record labels. We actually drove from Utah to L.A. to find Capitol Records. We proceeded to sing a song (Santa Barbara) to a man who we thought was the A.R. guy at the label (janitor). You can see why we had little success that attempt.
Step 6. Go to a local show and make friends with the drunk merch guy of the band playing from out of town.
Step 7. Go to college.
Step 8. Drop out of college to prepare for becoming a rock star. Inform parents and tell them your plans by telephone, but make sure they are sitting down before you tell them. (That part is important!)
Step 9. Tell your sister who sings in the band to drop out of Highschool so you can start the band.
Step 10. Call the drunk merch guy back.
Step 11. The drunk merch guy has major connections and gets you a showcase with three indie labels.
Step 12. Sign to Indie Label
Step 13. Get a boost up to a major label
Step 14. Get dropped from major label.
And that's about how the story goes. This is usually where the story ends. But wait!
Step 15. Sister/singer of the band competes on National Television and wins 2nd place
Step 16. Band goes on an Arena Tour with Blake Shelton and requests only brown m&m's in the green room!
Follow these steps religiously, and I'm sure you will get nowhere near your dream (I'm still confused as to how these steps got us ours), but at least you'll have a great time!