In this Tour Tips segment, the hard rock band, Dead Poet Society, recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips, after the break.
Sleep: Try to sleep whenever you can, ESPECIALLY if you’re the singer. Sleep is key, it allows your voice time to heal after a show and that’s obviously essential on the road. If you can sleep in vans, even better. It’ll keep you from getting sick as well which is another huge bummer. Nothing feels worse than knowing your voice is gonna give out on stage that night from a cold and you still have four more shows to go before a day off. I find the best way to sleep is a four-man spoon session on the floor, turn the heat up to 93 with two blankets. Pole to hole obviously. If you are a two-piece, sucks for you. Sleep.
Eat Right: Wanna put on weight? Start a band and book a tour. Good god is it easy to get fat on the road. Make the attempt to eat healthy, even if you come crashing down halfway through the tour at least you staved off two weeks of gas station junk. How do you eat healthy on the road? Well, gas stations actually have a surprisingly diverse nut selection. Tired of that? There’s a lot of beef jerky and cheese. Tired of that too? Stop at a grocery store and split deli meats and greens with your bandmates. It’s all gonna go bad after a day so if you split it up it won’t be as expensive and now everyone is going to live longer. Try to eat healthy.
If you’re pissed off, be quiet: If you have an anxious personality or get triggered easily, it’s important to avoid altercations by simply staying quiet until your mood passes. Starting arguments even if they feel justified only leads to hostility and long term damage. Of course, disagreements will happen, but with enough work, you should be able to avoid fights.
Watch your health! Tours can be long and you need to make it to the finish line. Every night can turn into a party if you let it. You’re entertainment to strangers and a lot of them are going to want to buy you drinks and give you free drugs. After weeks or months of that, your body will try to murder you. Don’t go hard every night, basically. Drink as much water as you can and avoid purified water, it’s shit.
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