In this Tour Tips segment, the hip hop artist, Craw, gives you his tips for being on tour. You can check out the feature, after the break.
1.) Expect the unexpected. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a plan about the way things are going to go, and it all unravels to the contrary. I find that it’s really important for me to have an open mind and go with the flow when I don’t I end up getting disappointed a lot.
2.) Bring your own mic! This may seem like a pretty fundamental concept to most, but it’s an important one for me. A lot of people and/or venues don’t take great care of their mics, they generally don’t clean them, and, in a single night, there could be up to 10 people using that same microphone you’re about to hold to your mouth for the next hour. Avoid getting a cold and bring your own (I should write taglines), it’s definitely worth it.
3.) Be on time (if you can). I know how hard it can be to get to shows on time with a long commute, or an unexpected plot twist but being on time is important. The fans appreciate when they don’t have to wait an extra hour and it’s a good practice all around.
4.) The engineer is your friend, even if he’s not. If you’re not touring with an engineer, then you’ve probably dealt with more than a few difficult sound guys. I know that they can be difficult sometimes, but if you walk into a spot knowing that the soundman has the hardest job of the night, it will enhance your experience. The engineer is your friend, he’s the ultimate medium between you and your fans. Try and do something to make his job a little easier, it goes a long way.
5.) Have fun! Most musicians get into music because it’s their passion. I know for me it’s something that completes my being. When you’re touring and getting a chance to play music in front of your people, do you and enjoy it!
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