In this Tour Tips segment, the rock ‘n roll band, The Rubics, give you their tips for being on tour. You can check out the feature, after the break.
1. Sleep – It’s easy to forget to take care of basic needs while on tour, but your ability to perform at your best should come before anything. That means proper sleep, especially for vocalists. Bring an air mattress, or a roll-out mat incase you find yourself sleeping on the floor. Earplugs and a sleep mask also come in handy to block out noise and light that can disrupt your recovery time.
2. Always make sure you know where the nearest dirty bird (KFC) is. After a big night of partying, greasy food does wonders to cure the nastiest of hangovers. It may be bad for you but the Colonel is just so damn good haha.
3. Make sure you always respect your driver. You spend countless hours on the road and if you don’t get along with your driver then that can just make the whole touring experience crap. Plus, when they are at the wheel, your life is in their hands. So don’t piss them off.
4. Hygiene, personal hygiene is really important too. You are traveling with the same blokes for a long time so you wanna make sure that you aren’t the one who stinks all the time hahaha. Make the most of showers (whenever you come across one), and always take heaps of deodorant with you. Oh, and you will have to learn to tolerate your bandmates’ farts………unfortunately.
5. Spend time and mingle with your crowd. NO! This does not mean sleeping with them. If you’re touring and you’re not really a well-known act, a lot of the people who will turn up to your gigs are there because they’ve heard one of your songs, to support your supporting act, or just don’t have anything better to do on a Saturday night. But after impressing them with your show, sparing some time after the gig, even if it’s just for a couple of minutes, will make them your fans and will make them want to come to your next gig. You’ve shared your personal time with them and this will make them feel appreciated for dedicating their time to watch you play.