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Struggling artist. How can I get everyone in my band on the same page?
I'm going to give the harsh truths of our band from my non-filtered perspective since no one I know will see this. But this is the truth and everyone who knows us well says similar things. But...I'm reaally frusterated right now and just want to jam and make it big doing so so I can change the world! Our guitar player has an alchohol problem and though he says he wants to do more originals, he plays a lot of covers and we can't get him to write songs with us. Plus he is very pessimistic. I try and give him constructive criticism and he crys bc usually he is drunk. Our drummer vibes with me and mainly only wants to do originals. I want to do both. The problem is I'm the most determined one out of everyone and I don't know weather to be passive or agressive on these issues. I'm not the leader type but I have to be with this band bc I feel as if I am always babysitting. Flattering but hard. I just want to get them to practice more without drinking and book some freaking shows. People love us when they hear us but I'm not ok with not trying. I want to do more than just play the occasional open mic, busk or play at non paid parties. All without much preperation. Music has been my passion my entire life. I work 40 hours a week and practice nearly on all of my free time. Our drummer said last practice that he has just been waiting because the other guitar player (I play guitar and sing but he's lead guitar and I'm a stronger singer) and I aren't vibing and that the two of us need to vibe more. I can't get him to stop singing and playing over me so how do I get him to sinc up? I mean he's trying harder and has cut back on drinking as much a day since I've been honest that I'm feeling discouraged bc we never practice but still we aren't getting hardly anything done. What can I do? Please help and give me some advice!