This new set of Tour Tips was written by the indie rock band, Marco With Love. You can check out their tips for being on the road, after the break.
We love Bob Dylan’s take on being out on the open road. “Touring is like breathing. I do it because I’m driven to it”. Each band’s experiences are different so based on our travels we’d love to share some tips how to keep breathing on the road.
Stay Hydrated.Hydration is key. Marco Argiro’s rule of thumb is to drink at least 8 cups of water a day. With all the late nights and midnight ramblings he makes it a point to down a large glass of H2O right before bed and first thing in the morning. Note, if you do decide to adopt Marco’s 8 cup program please factor in frequent pee-breaks while on the road.
Find that Sweet Spot. Everyone needs a good place to rest in the tour van. Blaine O’Brien is keen on seizing any opportunity to catch a little shut eye. Like a cat he’s got a talent for finding that precious unused spot in the van reserved for extra cargo or that space where nothing usually fits, and settling down to catch a little cat nap.
Remember “Dapper Dan”. What’s more important than arriving at a gig on time? Well obviously arriving in style. Marco suggests always keeping a container of hair pomade at arms length. There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of nowhere and end up with a Hair-mergency, and realize you don’t have the right product to sort you out.
Don’t be a Hero. It’s ok to sing along to Enrique Iglesias’ – ‘Hero’ to stay awake, but DON’T try to be a hero and drive tired. If you ask Peter Landi he’ll make sure and remind you “ITS NOT A CONTEST.” If you have multiple members in the band trade off driving duties regularly and religiously. Just make sure no band members have an expired drivers license.
Hot Spot. Don’t leave home without it.It’s important to have a wi-fi connection while on the road. Subodh Samudre is keen on making sure social networks are updated, pictures are uploaded, emails to venues sent. You’ll get a lot of down time in the van make it work for you. Also don’t forget your phone chargers & lap top chargers.
Always check her out. Treat your tour van with respect. You’ll be asking a lot from her while on the road. Make sure you look under the hood periodically, keep an eye out for strange noises from the mechanics, and keep the fluids topped off. She’ll treat you well in return.
Remember to have fun. Touring can be stressful and physically hard on your body. You’ll be spending a lot of time in close quarters and have good day’s, bad day’s, sad day’s, and sick day’s. At the end of the day remind your self regularly you’re with friends and you’re doing something everyone dreams of. So remember to breathe take a load off and have fun.
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