In this Preshow Rituals segment, the indie pop band, The Frontier, reveals what they do before taking the stage. You can check out the story, after the break.
For me, I absolutely try to be in the right mindset before I hit the stage. There are so many things that could potentially go wrong while you are on stage, but you can’t think about that. You just have to be as prepared as you can before you get up there. Since I play guitar as well as sing, I try to make sure my guitar is ready to go. You gotta get that thing tuned up before you get up there. I even try to have a back up guitar handy incase I break a string. That’s a lesson I learned very early on as a guitar player. Always have a backup guitar handy!
As far as what I do mentally before a show, I just try to clear my head. Usually that involves getting plenty of sleep the night before. Hey, what can I say? I’m a rockstar who likes his sleep. When I wake up, I’ll try not to have too much planned before a gig. Hopefully, I’ve gotten all of the heavy lifting done before the day of the show. I’m a fan of getting some light exercise in the day of to wake myself up and be sure I’m in the right mind state. I might go for a bike ride or a jog.
I’ve learned that just before showtime is when things will pop into my head that I forgot about. So, ideally, I’ve gotten everything taken care of before then so i can relax for a few minutes right before I go on. That’s generally when I’m most nervous. Right before the gig. It’s not a lot of nerves these days, but definitely some. I also like to get in a little huddle with the band a few minutes before and say a few things just to hype ourselves up. Usually, it’s nothing planned. Just something that keeps us centered and motivates us to put on our best show. Then we rock out and all the nerves go away and and we have a blast on stage.