In this Tour Tips segment, the indie pop artist, Sandra Kolstad, gives you some of her tips for surviving on tour. You can check out her tips, after the break.
Touring is one of my favorite things to do in life, but it’s also challenging and tiring at times. It’s taken some time, but I think I’ve found some ways of making it even better!
1) Be kind and interested! While touring, you meet a lot of people you have never met before and chances are you’ll never meet again. There’s always a lot of people working very hard to make concerts happen, and to me, it’s very important to meet those people with an open, grateful, curious mind. I’ve met so many beautiful people on the road, and I’m eternally grateful for all the people who have made my concerts throughout the years happen!
2) See the places you go to. On tour, it’s easy to get the feeling you are barely actually in a city because you just go to the venue and do the sound check and play the concert and then travel on. However, I find it important to have the time to see at least a tiny bit of the places I play, to get a feeling of where I am and who the people there are. If there’s not enough time to really see the place, just a small stroll around the venue will do!
3) Find routines. When traveling a lot, I find it’s important to still keep a sense of everyday life. It can be small things: Reading the newspaper in the mornings, getting up not too late in the morning, working a bit during the day if there’s time for it, calling my friends. Sometimes touring feels like being in a bubble separated from everything and everyone, but it’s not!
4) Treat yourself good! Be kind to your body and soul. Touring is tough. Love yourself!
5) Treat the others good <3 Touring means being very close to your band members and crew. Try to listen in to the others needs as much as your own so that the experience is the best possible for everyone!