In this Tour Tips segment, the indie pop/rock artist, Kaptan, recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips, after the break.
Tip #1: Communicate
If you’re in a band then you’re probably spending a lot of time with other people in a very confined space. I’ve seen ridiculous arguments break out over the tiniest things and it all comes from lack of communication. You’re in this together, you’re a family, so talk to each other and resolve issues as they are happening. You’ll spare yourselves a lot of unnecessary emotional explosions.
Tip #2: Make Time for Your Fans
People will literally drive hours to see artists play and if you take time to speak to as many people as possible, they remember. It can get a little exhausting driving 6 hours to play a show and then spending 2-3 hours talking to the people that came out to see you but it makes a huge difference to them and if you leave a good impression, you’ll have gained a fan that will continue to show up and tell people about your music. The world is smaller than you think, word of mouth is a powerful tool.
Tip #3: Pick Up After Yourself
Your band members aren’t your parents. You’re an adult and no one should have to clean up after you.
Tip #4: Self-care
Self-care physically and mentally is really important. Make sure that you’re taking a little time to yourself here and there. Whether it’s leaving the venue before the show to eat a meal on your own, reading a book, finding a vintage store nearby, etc. Additionally, it’s really easy to each pizza or fast food all the time, especially with the weird hours. Try your best to eat well as often as possible.
Tip #5: Enjoy Yourself
You’re doing something that very few people get the chance to do. Waking up in a new city every single day, meeting new people, making new memories. People on the outside don’t realize that it’s actually very demanding, hard work but it’s hard to complain when you’re driving around with your best friends playing music!