It is a long standing tradition for heavy metal artists to lock themselves away from the world and do nothing but focus on their music. Sometimes for weeks at a time. Black Sabbath did it, Nirvana did it and even the legendary Led Zeppelin. The end result was some of the most memorable music in heavy metal history.
The reason for the seclusion was usually a need for the band to escape from the everyday, and their rising fame in order to put their minds back to the music. If you think your heavy metal band will benefit from this type of seclusion, make sure that you are ready for it. The less you need from the outside world, the better the music you compose and the more likely you will still be around 10 years from now.
Find the Right Location
You are going to want a big house to hide a way in. Some bands like the idea of a large luxury hotel suite, but this will not allow you to practice day and night at will. The location should be spacious and far away from anyone who might be bothered by a 2 A.M. jam session.
There needs to be enough room for everyone to have their own bed to crash in, at least two bathrooms and a full kitchen. Also make sure that is one room to large enough to accommodate your equipment and the band. If you are far enough away from other homes, sound proofing won’t be an issue.
Set Up for Success
Make sure that there are plenty of provisions on hand. Don’t forget clean sheets and towels. Call and arrange for a laundry service to come and do a pick up every couple of days. You are also going to want to have soap, shampoo and shaving essentials plus any other toiletries you use regularly.
Eating and Drinking
The kitchen should be fully equipped to handle anything. Make sure that the stove top and oven work and that the refrigerator is large enough to hold at least a weeks worth of food and drinks. A microwave oven is a must as is a deep fryer like these ones. A deep fryer is great at making quick finger foods on the fly like fried chicken and French fries, while a microwave is essential for warming up leftovers.
Find the biggest coffee maker in the store and stock up on sugar, coffee and filters. This will be a big help when first getting started in the morning.
A bunch of guys cooped up together for days are going to need some rules in order to avoid complete mayhem. Keep outside contact short by having set times for phone calls or Skype convos. Try and keep the drinking to a minimum, and ban drugs completely. It was during one of these types of jam sessions that Ozzy got so stoned that he quit Black Sabbath for a while. Don’t let that happen to your band. Make sure all of the members are on the same page about how much and when to party.
This is great therapy for a band that is having trouble connecting to their music. By being forced to deal with one another you are going to find that the music comes faster and stronger then ever before.