In this Tour Tips segment, the pop punk band, The Dirty Nil, recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips, after the break.
1. MAKE FRIENDS: Try to meet new people in every city you go to. It makes the world seem smaller, especially when you feel a little homesick. It’s always nice to know that you have a friend in a city the next time you go.
2. WORKOUT: I always find getting a good workout before a long van ride helps me stay more relaxed. It’s good for your mental and physical health on the road to keep ya going.
3. PREPARE BEFORE THE TOUR: Try to give yourself time before the tour to prepare good habits and maybe shake some bad ones. There isn’t much time for self-improvement on the road so it’s best to do it before.
4. SERVICE YOUR GEAR: Get all your instruments in great shape before the tour so you aren’t rushing to a music store after your first gig goes bad. It’s important to get everything tuned up whether it’s your guitar, bass or drum set. Everything needs a bit of love before it’s demolished on the road.
5. COMMUNICATION: Keep good dialogue with everyone in your group on the road. There is no need to make a small problem, like picking up garbage, into a huge one by week 3. It’s hard to be your best self later on in the tour so it’s good to start healthy communication habits early on.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Oct 3 – St Louis, MO @ Firebird*
Oct 4 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews*
Oct 5 – St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar & Grill*
Oct 7 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge*
Oct 8 – Billings, MT @ Yellowstone Valley Brewing*
Oct 10 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
Oct 11 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore*
Oct 13 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge*
Oct 15 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver*
Oct 16 – Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone Berkeley*
Oct 17 – Felton, CA @ Felton Music Hall*
Oct 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom*
Oct 22 – Bristol, UK @ The Fleece^
Oct 24 – Glasgow, UK @ St Luke’s^
Oct 25 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla^
Oct 26 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom^
Oct 27 – Cologne, DE @ Essigfabrik^
Oct 29 – Hamburg, DE @ Markthalle^
Oct 30 – Berlin, DE @ SO36^
Oct 31 – Munich, DE @ Technikum^
Nov 1 – Wels, AT @ SBAM Fest Fall Edition 2^
Nov 20 – London, ON @ London Music Hall#
Nov 21 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter#
Nov 22 – Toledo, OH @ Ottawa Tavern#
Nov 23 – Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge#
Nov 28 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre#
Nov 29 – Ottawa, ON @ Babylon#
Nov 30 – Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
Dec 1 – Somerville, MA @ ONCE Ballroom#
Dec 3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade#
Dec 6 – Washington, DC @ DC9#
Dec 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge#
Dec 11 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement#
Dec 12 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s#
* w/ White Reaper
^ w/ The Bouncing Souls & Death By Stereo
# w/ Single Mothers