In this Tour Tips segment, the americana/folk duo, Big Little Lions, recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips, after the break.
We are not a couple so don’t have the luxury of sweet talk or arguments to keep us entertained during 10-hour drives and pointing out stores, road signs and cows gets a little tedious after 3 hours. Podcasts are our friends, sometimes serious and informative but we prefer the comedian/chat podcasts. Laughing on the road is important.
We both try to eat healthily on the road (and in life) so fast food joints are out unless we’re really desperate. Once we resorted to gas station pizza which was a MISTAKE. Grocery stores are good to stock up on healthy snacks and it keeps the cost down too. We save restaurants for when we’re meeting up with people or really special occasions. After many hours in the car, we really don’t need to sit opposite each other on our phones, looking like a couple who have had an argument.
Touring is like a marathon. Slow and steady wins the race. So patience with each other, if you’re in a group, is paramount to a successful tour. We have a bit of a sibling dynamic which kind of gives us the license to be a bit mean and irritating but in a fun way. That way we get to blow off steam without hurting the other person.
We try to use our downtime creatively. Whether we’re driving or have time in accommodations we are always trying to make good use of the time by either talking about how to improve our performance or creating content for social media. We like to make videos of either us doing stupid stuff or singing a cover tune. It feels better than just binge-watching or scrolling.
We get to travel to some really cool places and always try to see something touristy if we have time. We spent time in Iqaluit, near the arctic circle and PEI, where we HAD to go see the Anne of Great Gables house even though neither of us had read the book. In Vulcan, we went to the Star Trek museum whose employee had never see Star Trek. But it’s these little fun things that are the stories you bring home along with the gig stories.