This new set of Tour Tips was written by the rock band, Saint[the]Sinner. You can check out their tips for being on the road, after the break.
#1 GET SOME ALONE TIME: On tour, you’re usually in one of two situations: (1) You’re in the tour bus/van on the road for several hours at a time, or (2) You’re in the venue, getting psyched up to go on stage (before performance) and then chatting to everyone for hours (after performance).
It’s important to have some down time, wherever you can find it – chill out for a bit, have some food and find time to get your shit together, basically.
If you’re in a small bus or van, you’ll quickly find that ‘cabin fever’ will kick in, so make the most of the time you have to yourself!
#2 ONE FOR THE VOCALISTS: Every vocalist who gets asked about tours and their touring rituals will say the same thing, because it’s undeniably true – LOOK AFTER YOUR VOICE. Stay hydrated, do warm ups and warm DOWNS, stay quiet during the day and prepare for your set properly. Also you’ll find that your voice will gradually improve day after day on tour if you do this – it’s like any sport you might play: your vocal chords use muscles to sing, and so the more you do it and look after your body, the better you’ll get!
#3 MEET NEW PEOPLE: I know I’ve said that you should find some alone time, and that is important. But make sure, particularly if you’re in an upcoming band, that you get to know EVERYONE on the tour: band members, managers, promoters, sound engineers and of course the fans. Not only does it help with spreading your band’s name but you’ll end up meeting life long friends all over the nation and the world.
#4 SLEEP: Easier said than done, but try and sleep when you can. Whether you’re staying in hotels, crashing on the tour bus or at sleeping on the floor at a friend’s house. Treating your body well by resting will pay off BIG TIME come the final part of the tour – the longer the tour the more important this is. You’ll thank yourself for it in the long run.
#5 HELP YOURSELF: Tour is hectic sometimes (who am I kidding – ALL of the time) and it can get on top of you. Make sure you remember why you’re doing it – to perform your music and enjoy yourself. So communicate with your touring party, stay on top of things and know where you need to be and when you need to be there. Get closer as a band and be open with each other, this will make life so much easier in innumerable ways.