In this Preshow Rituals segment, the rock ‘n roll artist, Rett Smith, shares what he does before every show. You can check out his rituals, after the break.
There is nothing better in this world to me than performing my music live and sharing that energy with everyone in the crowd. It’s such a privilege to be able to do this, so I always try to leave it all out there. Here’s a bit of my Preshow Rituals.
The first thing I normally do once I get to the venue is grab a water and find someone to chat with. It’s always great if you’re on tour and get to throw a high-5 and talk with a friend you haven’t seen for a while.
When it starts getting closer to time to go on, I like to warm up and get in a bit more focused mindset.
I like to have a guitar with me backstage and I usually do a few exercises, to get the fingers going, and maybe a bit of vocal warm-ups as well. My band and I always seem to keep to ourselves at this point while making sure we have what we need to give it hell right out of the gate. The first songs of my set are usually some slide-guitar rippers, and no one wants to see me go up there and fumble about, so I make sure to start getting my game face on about 15 min or so before showtime.
When there are a few minutes left I always end up having a drink or two to kill any of those last stubborn doubts and loosen up a bit.
I really love the feeling of nervousness and excitement I get before a show and this is when I am always reminded about how lucky I am.
Walking out I take one last deep breath and can’t wait to hit those first notes!
Thanks for checking out my Preshow Rituals and I hope to see you all soon!
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