Your band name is going to be the very first thing that people hear. Before you even start to play, you will be introduced. Before you even get to that stage, your band name will be on a flyer. Did you ever hear a band name and think, “Wow, that sounds really stupid”? We all have. What were they thinking?! We are here to help you create a strong band name (if you don’t already have one.)
A strong band name will trigger emotions and memories. It will make people want to check you out before they even know what you sound like. It will what you will forever be known by if you make it (or if you become a local legend.)
A strong band name should reflect the mood that fits with your band. You don’t want to be called the Puppy Killers if you play acoustic folk. People will be confused and maybe a little concerned. People should be able to picture in their mind what you are going to sound like by your name. Think of the name The Puppy Killers for example. Wouldn’t you picture a very heavy death metal band? You would be very confused if you saw a bunch of woman singing folk songs about love. Be wise when picking your name.
Make sure you pick a name that is legally available. Check with the US trademark office to be sure. You could end up owing a bunch of nobodies a bunch of money if you make it big and they don’t, but they just happen to own the trademark on the band name. Won’t that be a shame? Same thing goes with a website domain name. You want your fans to be able to find YOU easily. If someone else already is using your name, you don’t want them to come up in a search engine.
You want a name that people can actually say. Don’t be so off the wall creative, that everyone is asking, “How do you say that?” If it’s on a T-shirt, people should know who you are. You want it to read as easy as it comes off the tongue. Consider how it would look when you come up with your official band logo. These all seem like things that should be simple. Why can’t we just pick any name? You can, but it actually could seriously affect the success of your band.