In this Tour Tips segment, the singer-songwriter, JC Stewart, recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips, after the break.
1. Socks, Socks and more Socks: You can never have too many socks on tour. Trust me. After a day of jumping around, wearing no shoes on the bus, exploring new cities and just generally doing a lot of work, you’re probably never going to want to wear that pair of socks again. Currently, I’m trying to get socks added to my rider and, honestly, I’ll sacrifice several boxes of beers for them. I’ll keep you updated on whether the dream becomes a reality.
2. Explore: It sounds basic but I’ve never regretted getting off the bus or out of the hotel and going to have a look around a city. You may never get another chance to see said city and quite honestly, I think my FIFA skills peaked a while ago so there’s really no point trying to forge a new career in that anymore.
3. Bread: Every tour rider in Europe consists mainly of bread. I don’t know why. I don’t know how. All I know is that if you’re on a carb free diet you’re gonna have a long tour. To that end, try and get as much fruit and veg on the rider as possible. Smoothies are also banging. But hey, I’m not your mum, if you like bread then, by all means, live your life and get that bread.
4. Drinking: As previously discussed, I am not your mum (I’m as disappointed as you are, trust me) but if you can lay off the drinks as much as possible it’s a good idea. As a singer, alcohol annoyingly wrecks my voice and it’s almost never a good idea for me to drink the day before a show. I almost always end up hating myself cause I do it anyway and rarely follow my own advice but, you know, maybe someday. Beer is good though, isn’t it?
5. Plectrums: Bring them. Always. I almost always forget them or don’t have enough of them or lose them on stage or get excited and throw them all into the crowd. So yeah, bring plectrums #professional.