In this Preshow Rituals segment, the singer-songwriter, Grayson Ty, shares what he does before every show. You can check out his rituals, after the break.
Pre-show rituals, especially for some of our bigger shows, typically begin early in the day and last right up until show time. Keeping things laid back throughout most of the day is a must because I don’t wanna overhype and psych myself out. It’s also important for me to stay busy throughout the day or else I start overthinking things like my setlist, stage presence, and overall performance that night. It can be really easy to get consumed in the pressures of knowing the quality of my show determines the quality of the night that my fans have, but that pressure is also one of the best parts about being a performer.
We like to rehearse and run our set one-time-through early in the afternoon if it’s an evening show. Any kinks in the set list/songs are sorted out and discussed prior to rehearsal so that our run-through is just that – to run through the set as if it were show time. Our set lists are typically generated days in advance to give ourselves time to make any last-minute adjustments if need be.
Upon arrival at the venue, I typically have some herbal tea (throat coat preferred) and some water to keep the pipes cleared. An hour before we hit the stage, we do some vocal warm-ups and harmonizing without instruments. The locks us in with one another both mentally and musically. At this point, my nerves are generally suppressed with a glass of whiskey, fully understanding the neutralizing effects it has on the tea from before, but it’s my proven method I’m sticking to it.
(Photo credit: Carly Rae)