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In music, a side-project is a musical project undertaken by one (or several) person already known for their involvement in another band. (It can also be a complete band switching to a different style.) Usually these projects emphasise a different aspect of that person's musical interests than they feel they can explore within the boundaries established by their main project. Side-projects can later become full-time endeavours, but shouldn't be confused with quitting a band for a solo career or another band.

Overview

The term "side-project" is sometimes used pejoratively: it is usual for members of popular groups – especially those who have little or no input into the creative process of their group – to take part in side-projects with the expectation that the reputation of the "main" group will propel the side group forward regardless of the project's own merits.

There are several examples of side-projects within music; many bands encourage their members to take part in them, thinking that new creative situations will cause new ideas to be brought back to the group. Other groups, however, insist that each member focus all of their energy on the main band. Metallica falls into this latter category, a decision which led to the departure of former bassist Jason Newsted.

One of the most famous examples of musical side-projects is Kiss' decision in 1978 to have each member of the band, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, simultaneously release solo albums. In 1992, as a tribute to Kiss, The Melvins released solo EPs.

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