In this Tour Tips segment, the indie rock artist, School of X, recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips, after the break.
1. Drink a lot of water and eat as good food as possible! After ten years of quite extensive touring all around the world, I know that drinking a lot of water (like A LOT) is the key for me to stay healthy. Especially when I was younger and there was a little more partying and a little less sleep. As long as I drink enough water I tend to stay pretty fresh. At the very beginning of my career I realized that I’d really wanna not compromise on eating well or not drinking enough water etc. Sometimes I’d spend everything I earned on the tour on eating, haha. BUT I love food and I love enjoying fundamental things.
2. Enjoy! Well what can I say, it’s hard sometimes to realize and enjoy the moment men if I were to give myself a great tour tip that would definitely be one of them.
3. Stay behind or leave early! I learned after a few years when I toured with other artists for 200-250 days a year that staying behind in whatever country you are in after a tour ends or going a little early, made traveling this much more valuable. Usually you are in a city for 12-24 hours which I really love, because I love the pace, BUT there’s also a lot of new friendships and culture that you’ll never get in such short time. I’ve almost always stayed back in New York for a week or two after a US tour. Once my and my friend from the band transmitted in Bangkok going from Australia to denmark for 6 days on an island. Amazing! We where transiting there anyway and the whole trip is 26hours so it was really nice to break it into two.
4. Make sure to tour with good people and that you have fun EVERY day!!! I really love people, haha. So I’d really recommend only to travel with people that you love or think you can love in someway or another. If not there’s only one other option which is the music has to be the best you’ve ever heard (or made) and the money is big ;-)
5. I started running 6 years ago. Now I run every second day both at home and on tour. This seriously changed my life. I think I wouldn’t have been able to be as productive as I am and tour at the same time without all these endorfines. In relation to touring it’s obviously great to be in good shape (in general that’s good I suppose) but you also see something else then the venue, the restaurant and a bar in the middle of the night.