In this Tour Tips segment, the pop rock duo, Kadeema, recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips, after the break.
1. Be respectful to everyone you meet; Bandmates, petrol station attendants, fans, friends, venue staff, promoters, other bands. In simplicity, don’t be a dickhead. Always treat others the way you wish to be treated.
2. Practice good hygiene whenever possible. The Van is a very confined space and bad smells in confined spaces are very invasive and not fun over long periods of time. Whether you find your hygiene in… traditional showers, or less traditional; sink showers, wet wipes, or (in a worst-case scenario) just a basic slap of deodorant, change of underwear & socks, make it a priority – your bandmates and everyone else will be grateful.
3. Appreciate mental health vacation time. We had a rule in Ascot Royals (our former band) – When traveling in the van on any journey, long or short, if someone had their headphones on they were to be left alone. Unless of course, it was an emergency or a stop, they weren’t to be bothered no matter what. This gave the feeling of space when, so often, there was no space to be found. Also, on the road, there are a lot of things you can’t control, this was one of those nice things that you could, whether it be for a couple minutes or hours.
4. Hydrate. This is a tricky one because it’s all about timing. With so many typical hours of traveling each day, if you over hydrate then you are going to end up having to go to the bathroom a lot, making the whole crew stop more than planned (this guy is a huge pain when you’re rushing to get to load-in & soundcheck). The trick is finding your window… Usually, there is a ton of time before and after the gig. So personally, I’d grab as much hydration as soon as I got into the venue and during that downtime before and after the show.
5. Emergen-c & Stash Lemon Ginger tea (Not Sponsored) + Exercise. I find that on the road, drinking lemon ginger tea daily would help me sweat out all the bad. Along with that, Emergen-c is a vitamin C supplement that I’d start every morning with. Even if it is just a placebo effect, I found it’s helpful in keeping the ailments away. The other thing I find helpful when time allows it, is jogging, walking, or hiking around the city you’re in. It is a great way to explore a new place and have a little mental and physical escape from the typical day to day touring routine.