In this Preshow Rituals segment, the electro pop artist, Julia Church, reveals what she does before taking the stage. You can check out the story, after the break.
During the hours after soundcheck and before stage, I tend to become uncharacteristically anti-social. As someone who is partial to a good chat, my personality definitely shifts as I become annoyingly paranoid about losing my voice. I have had multiple operations on my vocal cords over the past few years and sadly the one consequence of my poor vocal health means my voice tires very easily. Catch me after the show, though, and I promise we’ll have a great time.
It’s not a ritual but I must give credit to my trusty backpack. It comes everywhere with me and contains all the goods. Firstly, Manuka honey, consumed in hot water or straight from the bottle – mainly dependent on the green room kettle situation. Manuka along with little bar straws (for warming up, duh) and a box of vocalzone is my ideal pre-show cocktail. I’ll also chuck in about three outfits too many but almost always stick to the original get-up (usually a mensy suit paired with one of the ten pairs of hoops I would have also thrown in). Two essentials that I always forget are a pen and paper, which results in a setlist written in eyeliner on a Nando’s receipt – true story.
Mainly, I just sip on a watered-down whiskey, do some too-loud vocal trills, and psych myself up for the best job in the world! Here’s hoping we are all able to return to life on stage soon.