In this Tour Tips segment, the alternative band, Run River North, give you their tips for being on tour. You can check out the feature, after the break.
Sally’s tip: Beat the daily boredom with some books! Yeah, it might suck not being able to read at night, but investing in a Kindle solves it all. I find that reading with some headphones helps me shut out the five-six other bodies around me if I start feeling claustrophobic. Having an ebook or real book is the best portable outlet and inspiring as well in writing some new music!
John’s tip: Stay hydrated. Water is the most important thing that we can put into our bodies. We would sometimes skip a night or two from drinking beer or soda just to make sure we’re in top shape to perform nightly. When someone has an ailment, our first go-to is water, which usually works. To make it easier to stay hydrated, having a reusable water bottle, like a Nalgene or any stainless steel, can be a good investment. The plus is that you can refill water at gas stations and venues. The downside is that you can lose your favorite water bottle at a random gas station in Green River :(
Jennifer’s tip: Brush your teeth! My sleeping schedule is always off, so I always make sure to keep a toothbrush and paste with me after meals/naps. Fresh breath not only feels great, but it helps me feel more awake.
Joe’s tip: Bring your hobbies with you. I always bring my climbing shoes with me and it’s definitely the best way for me to stay grounded and sane.
Alex’s tip: Find something that everyone in the band can do besides music. For us, we have a Wii console with super smash brothers, sometimes the ladies will join. It’s just good to have some common ground outside of music.
Daniel’s tip: Eat Hot Meals. Whether it be friends or family on the road, Chick-fil-A, or Denny’s, eating a hot meal not only satisfies the stomach, but it also satisfies the mind and soul. Snacking is cool, but you would think eating sitting down and eating a hot meal would be easy to do. It turns out to be a challenge because no two days are alike schedule wise. According to the Transitive Property of Equality, happy stomachs mean happy people. Happy people mean happy band. Therefore, happy stomachs, happy band.