In this Tour Tips segment, the singer-songwriter, Nate Currin, gives you his tips for being on tour. You can check out the feature, after the break.
1. Don’t complain: touring is tough. Lots of driving, small spaces, days without showers, loading/unloading, shaking hands, playing for lots of people/playing for empty rooms. If you get tired, moody or angry, keep it to yourself. There is much to be thankful for.
2. Be nice to the sound guy. Much of your success on tour lies in his/her hands! There are some pretty horrible sound guys out there… but they can be even worse if you’re rude or arrogant with them – so just play nice.
3. Stay away from fast food at all costs. And Subway is definitely fast food. This is a tough one because it’s so convenient and so cheap – both of which are HUGE! But the after-effects, in the long run, outweigh the time and money you save.
4. Pack light – there is limited space and if you’re only showering every 3 days so you won’t need that many changes of clothes. Lugging around some huge bag is a pain in the butt in the long run… you’re far better off just wearing the same jeans for a week straight.
5. No drinking during the set… if you want a beer it can wait until after the show. People pay money to see a good performance, and alcohol ruins good performances. I had a band member once who loved to get plastered during the show, and it made for some rough performances… and the other guys ended up packing up and loading his gear afterward as well. Mixing alcohol and business (because that’s what you’re running) is never a good idea.
Check out Nate’s upcoming tour dates here.