In this Tour Tips segment, the electro pop artist, Dylan Rockoff, recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips, after the break.
1. Enjoy the moment. It’s really easy to get wrapped up in stresses of touring that have nothing to do with music. Try to remember why you’re on tour in the first place – to cultivate a community around your music. Remember to take a few seconds each day to appreciate what you’re doing, and thank the people who helped you get there. Playing music is FUN and it’s good to show it!
2. Try to stay active as much as possible. I brought my skateboard and football with me on my last tour so I could get a little exercise each day. Eating well is not easy on the road (see #3), so it’s really important that you’re taking care of yourself and staying active. Make up for all that time in the car/van/bus!
3. Do your best to eat well! It’s really easy (and incredibly delicious) to eat junk food at odd hours when you’re on the road. As tempting as it may be to cut costs & time this way – remember it will make you feel like junk. You owe it to yourself and to your fans to give them the best version of you, so make sure you’re feeding yourself right.
4. Pound water (drip splash). Especially as a vocalist, it’s really important to stay hydrated and keep the vocal cords healthy. I’ve always found hydration & proper warm-ups to be the key to vocal health on the road. Also for me, staying away from alcohol and other party accouterments is key to keeping my voice & body healthy on the road.
5. Always try to make time to get the full experience, wherever you’re playing. Embrace tour as an opportunity to see the sights and meet local people. Part of the fun is experiencing new places and people so always keep your schedule open where appropriate, and fully enjoy the places you’re getting to rock \m/