In this Tour Tips segment, the electro pop artist, Violet Days, recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips, after the break.
In the spring of 2019 I went with my band on a North American tour, driving our own car around America and staying at different hotels/motels/shacks.
And in the fall the same year we did a Europe tour in a big tourbus shared with the other band. Both versions comes with different pros and cons obviously.
I feel like I have some general tips that would work in both situations and also some useful advice I would give myself whenever I go out again.
1. Stay Healthy! This is an obvious one, but I realised while on tour that this is actually pretty tricky. Especially when you drive in a car to different cities and you basically eat whatever the road restaurants can offer (which isn’t always the healthy options) -Make sure you stock up on fruit and veggies AND WATER, and put that on your rider so you always can bring some for the days after to snack on in the car. Another life saver for me is Oregano Oil capsules, have one a day to keep the doctor away! seriously. And try get in as many hours of sleep as you can. It is SO important to not get sick and to keep that immune system in check. Oh, and go easy on the alcohol, it’s fun to celebrate a little here and there, but it will not do you any favours in the long run.
2. VOCAL WARMUPS with the “straw technique” – strengthening your vocal cords by humming through a straw or blowing into one with a liquid (“like when you’re a kid and you blow bubbles in chocolate milk”). This is the best warm up I have ever tried and your voice will get very warmed up naturally without over using it. I also used a small steam machine to steam my voice.
3. Polaroid camera! This is so much fun, I made a scrapbook of all the cities and places we went, and the great thing with Polaroid is that you get the picture instantly so you can write a caption on it right away to mark when and where so you can easily remember where to put the photos later.
4. Journal, write as much as you can and have the time for. Write down how you feel and what was good or bad about the shows etc, this is so nice to have once you get back home and to remember funny things that happened during tour.
5. Make-up wipes or any kind of cleansing wipes!! There’s so many times where you’re not gonna have easy access to a shower or the bathrooms are too busy or have the longest line. This is when you will thank yourself for bringing wipes to easily clean up.