In this Tour Tips segment, the death metal, Parasite Inc., recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips, after the break.
1. ENJOY YOUR SPARE TIME
Haha, seriously, you’ll have so much spare time, you’ll definitely need to find something to make it through the day. And I’m not even talking about the time you’ll spend on the tour bus traveling. Our tip: Don’t start drinking too much, just to avoid being bored!
2. ENJOY ENDLESS HOURS IN THE TOUR BUS
Again, seriously, if you don’t like driving three to seven or eight hours a day in the worst case, don’t think about touring. It’s an annoying side effect of being on the road. But each day will pass and hopefully, the show in the evening will be worth it! Our tip: Don’t forget to charge your smartphone or tablet every day, download a bunch of Netflix series or make sure your music library is up to date. You’ll need it!
3. MAKE A PICTURE AS SOON AS YOUR VAN IS LOADED
After spending 30 to 40 minutes playing Tetris with all your equipment and after you finally managed to fit everything into your van, make photos! After the show it will be dark outside, you’ll be tired and all you’ll be thinking about now (especially after being on tour for a while), is getting into your hotel room as soon as possible. Having the photo of how you loaded the van in the morning, will definitely help you to get there faster!
4. BE PROFESSIONAL (AND HUMBLE)
Nobody likes musicians who think that they are pop stars, demanding unreasonable things and behave like a-holes. Sound engineers, stage technicians, organizers, promoters and many other helping hands are involved with every show. They all do work hard so can play your show. Always keep that in mind.
On the other hand: Don’t be afraid to speak out, if you feel you aren’t being treated with respect.
5. HAVE A FUN TIME WITH YOUR FANS
After the show, spend time with your fans! Don’t make yourself scarce. It’s a good time for photos, autographs, and small talk. Your fans will love it and it will keep you grounded.
Joshua Weidling Owner/Founder
I'm the owner & founder of Digital Tour Bus. I started the company in my dorm room during my freshman year of college. I have a degree in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Outside of music and going to concerts, I'm a big fan of stand-up comedy, playing board games, trying the most amazing unhealthy food, and watching really mediocre comedy tv shows.