In this Tour Tips segment, Rob The Witch of the black metal band, Necronomicon, gives you some advice for being on the road. You can check out the feature, after the break.
1: Watch what you are eating. It doesn’t look like it at first, but after a little while on the road if you are not careful with your diet, you start lacking nutrients and that can affect the way you perform. You might feel constantly tired, sleepy, stomach aches, bowels problems, and the list goes on. If you don’t have a choice and have to eat fast food try to not eat fried one as much as possible and try buying dried fruits, nuts, granola bars and etc. It’s really not expensive and they don’t take much place either, it’s perfect for snacks and breakfast. Be sure to have some vitamins supplements too.
2: Personal hygiene. It’s rare you can take a shower every day, if you wear makeup on stage it might get crazy for you. Be sure to always have baby wipes, and use any kind of sink you can find in dressing rooms and if you don’t have one, one in a regular public restroom can do the job to clean yourself entirely. You can use baby powder to keep some moist zone dry and feet powder. You don’t want any mushroom infestation while on the road it’s extremely contagious. Be sure to change socks and underwear when needed, buy cheap ones and throw them away if needed.
3: Share gear with tour package. Everyone is on the road to promote their stuff, this is NOT a competition, and it should not be one. Before the tour tries to be in contact with the bands that will be with you on the road and work with them to agree on a tour back line that everyone will be using, maintain and split the cost of drums skins for example. Less gear on the road = fewer problems for everyone and less space took on stage, arena events are rare things and sometimes small venues have not the proper stage (if any) and local promoters add their friend bands so they can help for promotion.
4: Booze. Yes booze, most promoters on small tours will get you the cheapest thing they got and sometimes it’s not a good idea. Remember that you need to work and perform every day, so getting wasted is not a good idea since you’ll feel like shit the next day and it’s worst with cheap drinks. Be careful of what you drink and be moderate, also, buy your own beer, wine or liquor. You’ll be drinking less, better quality and will be able to rock and roll better. Moderation and self-control is the key.
5: Be a cool Joe. Don’t be a jerk, a rock star wannabe or a has-been, there is always a bigger fish out there. You can have been working a lot to get there or just really lucky, other people have too, some promoters are new and make errors others are assholes. Well let them be, tomorrow you’ll be somewhere else. Freaking out, getting in fights won’t solve anything and probably will make things worst. Do your job, stay pro, open minded, listen, understand, be a Cool Joe. You never know what the future has in store, better make things happen than make it worst.
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