Re: Trying to start a Band
No secrets really... Have a clear idea of what you want to do & look for people into that sound. For doing originals have some recordings of some of your original ideas is really helpful. Running ads on CL has become the standard these days... But you should also go out to your local music venues & check out other bands and talk to them! Most local musician communities are fairly interwoven - they k.ow each other, have heard (or at least heard of) each other, etc. So you may get some referrals. Or if you're good enough, you may be able to seduce someone away from their current project. Never know.
Just be patient. Sometimes finding the right members takes time. Use that time to keep writing and practicing.
Like I said - no secrets here man. Just do it.