In this Tour Tips segment, the folk pop band, Morgan, recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips, after the break.
Nina – Buy a nice camera!
I would definitely advise buying a good camera so you can record the best moments of the tour. Like when your van runs out of battery and you have to push to start it or when you try to check-in in the wrong hotel. A good camera will always be way better than a cell phone because of the video quality and because this way you´ll find the videos easier.
Chuches – Always bring your own pillow.
Its sometimes many hours from one place to the other on tour, so for me the best advice is to always bring a pillow with you. Having your own pillow really makes a difference, especially if you travel in our van, which is not bad, but not super comfortable either. A pillow makes the world of difference. Oh and always pack some munchies.
Ekain – Surround yourself with good friends.
When you’re on tour you are going to have to spend a lot of time with your bandmates and crew, and its a different world when you do it with your friends. If your good friends with your bandmates it makes it feel like you´re on a permanent vacation! It really allows you to enjoy the amazing experience of making music and touring – and to have friends you can share it all with and relive the memories with, makes a massive difference.
Ove – Leave your prejudices at home
I would advise you to leave any prejudices you have at home and appreciate all the people you find along the road. I’ve learned so much from the less expected people and I find that this mentality helps me to enjoy every aspect of touring. I believe that this is as important as the shows themselves because its a very important part of the amazing journey that is the tour.
Paco – Bring things that help pass the time and travel with 2 vans.
I never go on tour without my Noise Cancelling headphones, some books, some movies downloaded, and lots of music to listen to – all of which make life on the road much more enjoyable. So make sure you’re prepared!
Also if possible, don’t travel in the same vehicle with the amps and instruments, that´s a heavy ass van. Not long ago I started traveling with two vans and it really makes things safer. In 2019 we drove over 50.000 km and you always have in mind the danger of it (although we never talk about it). And if you can´t afford 2 vans just yet, drive safe!