In this Tour Tips segment, the electro pop artist, Taylor Grey, recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips, after the break.
1. Alone time. You’re going to want to schedule in some time for yourself, especially if you’re in a bus with limited space and several 6 feet something men. I like going to the gym or saying “I need to write an essay!” (I’m a student) and secluding myself in the back.
2. Stay healthy. People always say it’s easy to eat like shit on the road, and it probably is. But I have to get on stage in a crop top most nights so I’m usually the healthiest while I’m on tour. I always keep almonds on me. Make sure no one in your camp has nut allergies because that can really put a damper on things.
3. Stay sane. For loners like myself, tour can be overwhelming and the sheer amount of people you’re near every day can send you into a panic attack. I make sure to try to get in a workout every day to keep my mind right. Finding local gyms is also a great way to see the city you’re in for the day.
4. Meet people. Tour is the best place to meet music lovers like yourself. I love hanging out by the merch after shows and doing informal meet and greets. Of course, this won’t work if you’re actually famous and need to set up a formal meet and greets before the show.
5. Explore. If you get the rare off day, it can be tempting to just crash and stay in bed all day. If you’re super dead then take advantage of the rest period, but other than that I like to force myself to get up and explore the city I’m in. I know I’ll regret not taking the potentially only chance to see the sites in my lifetime. Take pictures too.
Check out Taylor Grey’s website for her upcoming U.S. and Canadian tour dates supporting New Hope Club.