As most bands just starting out, budget is always an issue. Back in college with Carmine's old band we got good practice on where to cut corners. We learned that making (and more importantly keeping) as many contacts as possible can help. Other than the obvious expenses such as instruments, mics, PA’s, a big one is recording.
When Carmine and I first met, I was majoring in Commercial Music Business. I had to take a lot of classes in studio engineering, recording and producing, and I absolutely HATED IT! I know... it’s really really sad. I wanted to work in the business side like booking or artist management and it was required in my major to take those classes. Needless to say I changed my major to whatever got me to graduate (was going on 5 years! I wanted out!!) and ended up with a minor in Commercial Music Business.
During the time I was involved in the student run record label, Carmine’s interest in recording grew while mine did the complete opposite. We saved saved saved in order to get the home studio we now have. We also took advantage of no interest for a year credit card at Guitar Center, and paid that off before the interest hit. Carmine didn’t take any classes on how to record, everything he knows he learned by reading manuals, magazines, forums, websites, attending lectures and asking others. The kid is good! On mornings he has time before work, he’s in there. When I come home from work, I find him in the studio.