In this Tour Tips segment, the alternative rock band, Lost Woods, recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips, after the break.
1. Pack efficiently/light. Having a road case on your lap for 10 hours as you drive from Sydney to Melbourne might seem like a good idea at the time, but after 40 minutes of driving every bump in the road feels like an attitude adjustment from John Cena. Your legs need blood, don’t deprive them of circulation for some extra pedals you don’t need.
2. Bring a comfy pillow. Sleep is essential, and also coincidentally an excellent new Lost Woods song available now on all your favourite music streaming services. To save money on tour you end up sleeping in some less than ideal environments, be it a bathtub or the hardwood floor of a friends house. With five band members, there is rarely enough sleeping accoutrement to go round. A soft fluffy pillow can turn what would otherwise be a nightmare into a dream.
3. Beware of sleeping in the car. It may be tempting to snooze in the car. But your band members are probably jerks. Fall asleep and risk having your drooling, sleeping face plastered all over the band’s social media. Also as a rule the person in the passenger seat needs to keep the driver company so must stay awake, otherwise, they forfeit the shotgun.
4. Eat healthy. Junk food is tempting, it’s everywhere, it’s at every service station. You’re stuck in a car with other living beings though, they don’t need to experience the smells that come from you smashing a quarter pounder every meal. Also, clean toilets aren’t that abundant when you’re in the middle of nowhere, so just eat some grapes or something.
5. Make friends with the other bands. One of the best parts of touring is meeting and listening to the bands from other towns. Not only do you find some awesome music but you meet some truly great people. They will often help you find great local venues, food spots and bands to play with, which all makes the next tour so much easier. Make sure you return the favour when they come to your home town and help them out.