In this Tour Tips segment, the singer-songwriter, Plini, gives you some advice for being on the road. You can check out the feature, after the break.
1. Water and sunlight – depending where you are in the world (especially the UK), the latter can be hard to come by, but if you get as much of both as possible, all the late nights and questionable food choices take much less of a toll.
2. Be happy – I’m pretty new to touring, but I think it’s important to remember that, even if you’re having a rough or slow day, you have been given a unique opportunity to make noise to people who are paying to hear you make it, and quite possibly got there by flying through the sky in a chair. As if that isn’t the coolest job?
3. Explore – getting out of the venue and into the city you’re playing in, even if just to pick up a coffee, is a great way to actually experience how insane the concept of touring can be – whether you meet a nice local, see a cool building or use 3 different languages and 3 different countries in as many days – it’s all a bit surreal and there is an exciting world outside the green room!
4. Know your limits – it’s fun to party every night, but it can go a long way to occasionally cut a night short (if only one every week) to get a proper rest.
5. Sort out your rider – if you are noticing that half the stuff on your rider is being left untouched at the end of the night, it’s probably time to change it up and ask for something else. Maybe you don’t like banana juice as much as you thought.