This new set of Tour Tips was written by the alternative band, Secret Someones. You can check out their tips for being on the road, after the break.
1. Secure a vehicle. Traveling from city to city across the country is easiest when you’re in a gas-powered vehicle. Traveling by foot or horse and buggy is simply inefficient. You want to get to the gigs on time, not months later after several members of your party have died of dysentery.
2. Have songs prepared for the show. Congratulations! You’ve made it to the venue in a safe and efficient manner. At this point, people generally expect to hear and see you play music, and they might be disappointed if you don’t. In our band, we make sure to write and practice our songs long before the tour has even begun. This will ensure you and the audience have a positive musical experience.
3. Plug it in! You’re on stage. You’re ready to go! But for some reason the stage crew looks bewildered. Did you remember to plug in? Time and time again we have made this grave error, but through years of experience we’ve learned it’s necessary to “get amped”. Take it from us; you’ll need to plug in guitars, keyboards, vocal mics, and yes, even the drum mics! Anything you want the audience to hear.
4. Got merch? “Merch” is an industry term for hard or soft goods used to represent the band and their music. Get creative with your merch! Sure, everyone Joe Schmoe has a cassette tape for sale these days, but it’s good to stand out, so we’ll share our little secret with you, Digital Tour Bus reader… T-shirts! Yes, you read that right. Design and manufacture a t-shirt with your band’s name on it so your fans can show their undying love and affection for you in their every day lives.
5. Go home. Tour ends at the homestead. You’ve had your fun, but there are no more shows booked! We know you wanna keep rockin’, but why not take a breather and return from whence you came? Your friends miss you, your dog really has to pee, and frankly, you probably need a little rest. Plus, you can spend this time “gearing up” for your band’s next grand adventure out on the open road.
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