Along with a backpack full of your worldly possessions and a local phrasebook, you’ve also toted your guitar, your drumsticks, your oboe, or whichever instrument with which you can’t possibly bear to part. Your plan is to bring something new to the ears of your newly-adopted homeland and blow the minds of the locals with a style completely unheard of in their musical hinterland.
Not so fast.
I should know. Four years ago I was going to introduce punk rock to Taiwan. Was it naïve? Incredibly. Punk had arrived on the island long before I did, much to my ignorant amazement. So I did what any punk enthusiast in my position would do, I joined a death metal band.
Along the way I picked up a thing or two about the trials of being a foreign man in a local band. If you also plan on bringing your musical stylings to foreign shores, here are a few things you should keep in mind.