While i finally had found the right people for the band I want to to start, I was facing one of the challenges that had actually haunted me for the past two years: finding a rehearsal space toronto room.
Within our household town (Hamburg, Germany) this seems to be a particularly difficult issue. The most common solution among musicians is to lease a room in one of the city’s old bunkers, many of which have been generously sold to non-public owners. Because these bunkers are relatively rare (some currently being not publicly accessible, but constantly decaying, only giving an home to rats and spiders), the owners chosen to raise the rent up to 11 per square-meter, which is a comparable rent you would pay for a flat in a nice neighborhood. Today, consider the slight difference: A room in a bunker provides just about the same comfort as a cellar – no windows, normally significant dampness, and no private lavatory.
Especially dampness might be a real problem – and there are basically only two alternatives: Install a dehumidifier (that wastes a lot of energy) or locate a better room!
I think, you should not only find a better room in your home – you should find the perfect room! So , the next problem is: what is the perfect room?
You should basically imagine what you wish your rehearsals to be like, and what requirements the room should fulfill to make that possible. Let me give you some tips that were important in our decision, and might play a role in the ones you have, too…
Choose a room that is spacious enough! You might say, if it provides enough space so you can stand next to each other, that’s fine. But it isn’t. You should feel comfortable. Making music is entertaining – and it always should feel like that.
Also, if you are a high decibel band (like we are) you have to have enough space to place computer monitors or a PA system at a distance long enough to avoid feedback. Likewise, you should have enough space to place microphones in a proper distance on the main sound sources like amplifiers and especially drums. Music can easily still be fun in a tiny room, but the technical boundaries can be truly annoying! Imagine you want to invest in more or maybe bigger equipment, but there is no space left for your brand-new 200W amplifier stack – or you would like to get another representative into the band, but there is no corner big enough intended for keyboards and another person. Obviously, the amount of space is the principal aspect in choosing the perfect rehearsal room, but there is plenty more to it.
As I mentioned, dampness can be a serious problem. Remember – we live talking about instruments that are mostly made of wood. Dampness will surely hurt your babies! No matter what it takes: Find a room using either a ventilation system, or one with a window you may open while you take a break. Why not have a window open whilst you play? Well, do you want to be tolerated by your neighbors along with stay in your room? Okay, then do as I said!
Discussing neighbors and playing – Find out at what times of the day (and which days) you can play in the room. Naturally the best rooms are those that are nonstop rockable. But you should really find out about such limitations before you call a room your band’s home! Just make sure you have enough time to rock and make typically the investment pay out.
So , now we have talked about the comfort of your neighbors. Have you considered yours? Sometimes the noise level from other sources (are right now there other bands around you? ) can be a problem, too. It 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 time each week – or you have a good relationship with your raucous neighbors, so you can ask them to give you some quiet recording time period when you need it.
Important is that you know what you want. Don’t be modest introduced about finding your band’s home! You can save a lot of efforts, disappointment, and time if you are always clear about your demands, and stick to them. You can take a look at any room proposed, but swear to me that you only say yes if this feels right, or when you know you can make it appropriate.
I would like to share some personal experience here. After fourteen days of cleaning, laying a carpet, and hanging all wall surfaces with cloth, our rehearsal room looked and believed incredibly comfortable and tidy, but initially, that living room was a real wreck. Yet it had just the right size, it had become a window, and it was affordable. So we made significantly with the owner which really wasn’t difficult. Don’t be reluctant of negotiating. Just think of possible arguments (like “We’re at the beginning of our career, we don’t have much money to shell out. “), or find flaws about the room and ask whenever they give you a discount. Just ask. What do you think is going to transpire? Most people are not very trained at negotiating, and will therefore quickly agree. I personally would not try to negotiate with a good friend, nevertheless I advise you to be honest – tell them if you think they are questioning too much.