Whenever i finally had found the right people for the band I wanted to start, I was facing one of the challenges that had already haunted everyone for the past two years: finding a rehearsals toronto.
In our home town (Hamburg, Germany) this seems to be a particularly difficult topic. The most common solution among music players is to lease a room in one of the city’s old bunkers, many of which have been generously sold to private owners. Because these bunkers are relatively extraordinary (some being not publicly accessible, but constantly decaying, only giving a home to rats and spiders), the owners thought to raise the rent up to 11 per square-meter, which is about the same rent you would pay for a flat in a nice neighborhood. But now, consider the little difference: A room in a bunker provides pretty much the same comfort as a cellar – no windows, usually significant dampness, and no individual lavatory.
Especially dampness can be a real problem – and there are basically only two solutions: Install a dehumidifier (that wastes a lot of energy) or find a better room!
I think, you should not only find a better room – you should find the perfect room! So , the next dilemma is: what is the perfect room?
You should basically imagine what you want your rehearsals to be like, and what requirements the room has to fulfill in making that possible. Let me give you some hints that were important in our decision, and might play a role in yours, too…
Choose a room which can be spacious enough! You might say, if it provides enough space so you can stand next to each other, that’s okay. But it isn’t. You should feel comfortable. Making popular music is fun – and it always should feel like that.
Also, if you are a loud band (like we are) you have to have enough space to place watches or a PA system at a distance long enough to avoid feedback. Also, you should have enough space to place microphones in a proper distance to the main audio like amplifiers and especially drums. Music can still be fun in a tiny room, but the technical limits can be truly annoying! Just imagine you want to invest in more or bigger equipment, but there is no space left for your new 200W amplifier stack – or you need to get another member into the band, but there is no corner big enough for keyboards and another person. Obviously, the amount of space is the key aspect in choosing the perfect rehearsal room, but there is more to it.
As I mentioned, dampness can be a serious problem. Remember – we are talking about programs that are mostly made of wood. Dampness can really hurt your babies! No matter what it takes: Find a room with either a ventilation system, or simply one with a window you can open while you take a break. Why not have a window open while you play? Well, do you want to be tolerated by the neighbors and stay in your room? Okay, then do as I said!
Talking about neighbors and playing – Find out at what days of the day (and which days) you can play in the room. Of course the best rooms are those that are nonstop rockable. But you should definitely find out about like limitations before you call a room your band’s home! Just make sure you have enough time to rock and make the investment pay out.
So , nowadays we have talked about the comfort of your neighbors. What about yours? Sometimes the noise level from other sources (are there other bands around you? ) can be a dilemma, too. This is not very likely, but possible. Maybe you want to do recordings in your rehearsal room? Then it might be good for you to have a few quiet working hours each week – or you have a good relationship with your loud neighbors, so you can ask them to give you some quiet recording time when you need it.
Necessary is that you know what you want. Don’t be modest when it is about finding your band’s home! You can save a lot of effort, disappointment, and time for anybody who is always clear about your requirements, and stick to them. You can take a look at any room suggested, but swear to me that you only express yes if it feels right, or when you know you can make it right.