In this Tour Tips segment, the pop rock artist, Jessie Frye, gives you her tips for being on tour. You can check out the feature, after the break.
1. Baby wipes.
In all seriousness- try it. Baby wipes come in handy when you are on the go and the bathrooms are not always luxurious. Me and the band joke about this all the time- but we don’t go on tour without them.
2. Ask the sound person their name and shake their hand!
A sincere smile, shaking of the hand, and asking their name goes a long way. Be professional but fun- that is my rule. Establishing a respectful rapport quickly is essential at any show, but especially on the road.
3. Load on and load off quickly
Do not be the assholes that are standing up their chit chatting and taking your time setting up before or after the show. This is honestly a huge pet peeve of mine. Not only does it look unprofessional- it is unprofessional. Playing in another state is precious time- time to grow your audience outside of your state. So be courteous to the other touring bands on the bill and stay on schedule. Dive bar or not, huge crowd or not- load on and off efficiently.
4. Bring a portable charger…or 3
Things break and get lost, especially on the road. Portable chargers are a great way to catch up on social media promotion or business emails at 8AM at the diner without losing a charge before you head to the next city.
5. AirBnb VS Hotel
Sometimes booking an AirBnb can prove to be a lot more accommodating and cheaper versus a hotel. One time we even had a host come out to see our show! An Airbnb can add some unique comfort to your trip, and typically are more artist friendly when it comes to gear and noise.