In this Tour Tips segment, the electronic band, Mt. Wolf, give you their tips for being on tour. You can check out the feature, after the break.
1 – Earplugs (a musicians best friend) –
There isn’t much more I fear in life than tinnitus. I have friends that suffer from it, and it doesn’t sound like much fun! So earplugs are a must! As musicians, our ears are our greatest asset and must be protected at all costs! On stage, watching the other bands, sound check – get used to enjoying life with earplugs in!
2 – Time to unwind –
Tour can be brutal. If you’re playing multiple dates, traveling in the van all day or catching early flights, the whole thing is super tiring. Your brain is constantly on the go as well, making sure everything runs smoothly, putting on the best show possible – so it’s important to try and catch some personal downtime where possible and rejuvenate. Stick your headphones in, go for a walk, have a nap, go for a coffee on your own, whatever.
3 – A solid, hearty brunch –
As a band, we are a huge fan of brunch! I feel blessed if we have a few hours the morning after a show to seek out a cool, local spot and grab some eggs. It’s a good time to hang out with the others, reflect on the night before and have a laugh before you set off and do it all again.
4 – Gratitude –
We’re in the position we’re in thanks to so many people making stuff happen! It’s important to stay grounded and humble. Things like making friends with the sound guys and thanking them for doing a good job, and meeting fans after the show don’t take much, but it goes a long way!
5 – Merch –
Merch is a great way of making and keeping new fans. Playing festival slots, a lot of the time you’ll have randomers who haven’t heard your music before coming along, and if you impress them enough, they’ll buy a CD or vinyl to take home – then hopefully spread the message to their mates. At your own shows, it’s fun to stand at the merch desk meeting and chatting with fans, then using some of that merch cash on after show beers!