In this Preshow Rituals segment, the dream pop artist, LuvAbstract, reveals what he does before taking the stage. You can check out the story, after the break.
Almost every group that I have performed with has some sort of pre-show ritual. From doing some sort of handshake to praying, I’ve seen it all! But… my group doesn’t have a set ritual! Of course, we have some ground rules, like no drinking before a set. But we do not have a set “thing.” We typically just hang out backstage, and when it’s showtime we turn on! Now that I think about it, a ritual we do have is messing with the stage managers. Almost every single show, the stage manager gives us some sort of countdown before we hit the stage. “You have 5 minutes!” Every time they give us the countdown, we say “okay thanks!” and then continue playing games or looking at memes. They always say “soo, you don’t pray or anything, to get ready?” And we always say “nope!”
It’s pretty entertaining to see how confused they are that we can go from laughing at a TikTok to not skipping a beat when we hit the stage. I believe that performers need to be ready to perform at any second. Because of that, my band and I practice relentlessly. We leave nothing to chance or improv. Every single piece of our set has been strategically planned and practiced. Because of how much we practice, I KNOW my team can pull off any show blindfolded. So I don’t personally see the need for a group ritual.
BUT I do have some ground rules for my team!
1) No drinking before the show
2) Go to the restroom before the show
3) If they are not performing, they are not allowed in the greenroom
4) Nothing else matters until we exit the stage
5) No phones on stage, unless it’s for a pic with the audience
I think because we are so prepared, we trust each other, and we have set rules, we don’t really need to “get into the zone”