In this Tour Tips segment, the indie pop artist, CXLOE, shares her advice for other artists who are hitting the road. You can check out her tips, after the break.
1. TURN PHONE OFF 4 HOURS BEFORE SHOW
Toooo many times I have found myself stressing about family and friends not being able to find the address for the venue, or having to add people to the guest list, or scrolling aimlessly on social media. So I have forced myself to turn off my phone a solid 4 hours before I play. And if I need to post something I will get my management to do it :) This way I can clearly focus on performing and channeling my creativity before I go on stage and not be stressed out from looking at my phone!
On tour, it’s very hard to find time to sleep. Between the late nights finishing a show and the early flight the next morning, your window is very small. So I’m always scouting for opportunities to sleep! Even if it’s a 20-minute power nap, I am much more energized and ready for my show if I do this! It’s the worst feeling getting ready to perform and not being able to focus because you’re too tired to think!
3. FLIGHT CHECK-IN/SHUTTLE BOOKINGS
I’ve found on tour, to eliminate any stress of rushing or having to think about anything else but performing you can do a few things to eradicate stress! As Australia is very widespread, when touring you’re usually flying. So pre-checking in before your flight and making sure you book transport when arriving at your location is key! It can quickly become a shit fight between shows if these things are forgotten about. You need every spare minute you can get before shows, so this frees up a lot of time and becomes a stress-free environment!
4. EAT/BUT NOT TOO CLOSE TO THE SHOW
Eating is important. Amongst the nerves, it’s very easy to forget to do human things like eat, go to the toilet, breathe. So setting a reminder to eat works for me. BUT not too close to the show. I remember during the Maroon 5 tour, the catering was CRAZYYYY. I ate way too much before the first show and I think the audience nearly saw what I ate when I started performing :/
5. FIND ANIMALS
This tour tip is very specific to myself as an artist. To function on tour I NEED animals around me. Whether this means finding a dog shelter or going up to randoms in public, it needs to be done. Animals calm me down and remind me of home. I’m trying to make my dog an emotional support animal so I can bring her along on tour with me!! Fingers crossed!