In this Tour Tips segment, pop duo, High Dive Heart, give you their tips for being on tour. You can check out the feature, after the break.
1. Take time to stop along the way. One of the best things about touring is getting out in the world to places you would have never seen otherwise. We have been almost everywhere in America but there is still so much more to see. Taking a break to explore a mountain range or redwood forest or coastline can be so invigorating and recharges your spiritual batteries.
2. Take vitamins and don’t party too hard. One of the worst things that can happen on the road is getting sick. We do everything we can to stay healthy, which includes eating good food, taking vitamins and drinking A LOT of water. Green tea is also really good for staying energized and getting antioxidants. Drinking alcohol dehydrates your voice. We’re all about having some fun and enjoying the process, but if you drink too much your throat will suffer the consequences and you may lose your voice.
3. Remember the power of what you’re doing. Playing music on stage is an amazing opportunity to touch people all over the world. If you forget the amazing opportunity you have to inspire people, you might not move them. It can be tedious to play the same songs every night and it’s important to find ways to avoid feeling that way. Our goal is to have as much fun as we can on stage because we think that transfers out into the crowd. Playing live is beautiful with the give and take between the performers and the people listening. Both energies feed off of and affect the other.
4. Always have extra strings and batteries. With so many shows back to back, you can forget to have extra supplies for emergencies. Sometimes a pedal or guitar battery will die in the middle or soundcheck or a show and you have to be able to fix it fast. Ideally, you stay on top of it and always change the strings and batteries before the show actually starts, but it doesn’t always go that smoothly. The more prepared you are for problems, the faster you’ll solve them. And they will happen. The more experience you have, the more you know you can’t predict anything. Things are always going down that surprise you in the moment.
5. Interact with the crowd. It’s incredibly important to pull the fans into the experience and get them involved in as many ways as possible. Crowd participation is essential to any great show and from our experience it usually makes the performer play better. There’s a certain level of comfort that comes from everybody singing or dancing together, like a oneness that is hard to get on that large of a scale in a world so scattered as ours. When a crowd is singing along, the songs feel more special, like a shared experience. We all want to feel connected and that’s one of the best things about live music. It shows us that no matter how much we feel like islands, we aren’t ever actually alone.
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