In this Preshow Rituals segment, the adult contemporary artist, Glooms, reveals what he does before taking the stage. You can check out the rituals, after the break.
It’s silly to admit, especially as a performer, but I get ridiculously anxious before shows. In the hours leading up to any performance, I’m an absolute nervous wreck. Back in like 2012 or so I remember going on stage and immediately almost throwing up (luckily at the time I was playing bass in a band… not singing so I could hide it well hahaha). It can get bad.
This being said, I typically don’t do a ton of eating right before I go on stage, and nowadays I will likely have a drink or three to ease the nerves before a show. As a solo artist, I feel like I just have to get out of my head, so I’ll either be faking confidence and talking to everyone at the venue or backstage with my head in my hands trying to settle down.
Back in the band days, we would do things as a group like huddling up and singing the Arthur (the aardvark) theme song. That was always a fun way to shake off some of those pre-show jitters. Missing that camaraderie is definitely a con to being a solo artist now.
Just know that if you see me before a show, pacing and nervously thinking to myself, there is a 50% chance that what’s happening in my head is…
What a wonderful kind of day
If we can learn to work and play
And get along with each other”