In this Tour Tips segment, the metalcore band, Zero Theorem, recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips, after the break.
Greetings! Zero Theorem here, and we’d like to share with you some tips we’ve learned on the road:
1. Group Texts- This method has proven to be the best way to keep everyone informed at any hour. It’s also great for devising plans on a day off or just sending amusing imagery to one another.
2. Bed Bugs- Some places you stay on the road won’t be of the best quality. If you are in one of those spots, check your sleeping area for bed bugs before you get situated. These critters will ruin your life if they get in your clothes or luggage. Then you can travel in your trailer or vehicle and come home with you too. NOT FUN!
3. Bring Detergent- At some point, there will be a time to wash your clothes. Accept the fact that you stink. Stop being nasty, and just wash your damn clothes. Remember, body odors can add up quickly in tight quarters.
4. Food- If it’s a regular meal and not snacks, choose one time daily when everyone gets food. This will keep the travel time down and stops to a minimum. Also, you don’t want to order or get food that will stink up the bus or van. You should be respectful of everyone inside the vehicle. If it isn’t pleasant for others, make sure you have time to eat it elsewhere.
5. Be Gracious- With so many personalities in tight quarters, there might be times you feel the urge to blow up your vehicle with everyone inside. It’s best to avoid such tragedies by keeping a smile on your face and respecting others. Don’t let the little things weigh you down over a long period. This may prove crucial to maintaining your sanity.
6. Embrace Your Passion- Becoming one with the music, having a blast onstage, and connecting with your audience are always the top priorities. Otherwise, you may endure restless nights, foul odors, and the potential murder of your friends for no apparent reason. Be sure to have fun, and definitely say hello if we cross paths.
Joshua Weidling Owner/Founder
I'm the owner & founder of Digital Tour Bus. I started the company in my dorm room during my freshman year of college. I have a degree in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Outside of music and going to concerts, I'm a big fan of stand-up comedy, playing board games, trying the most amazing unhealthy food, and watching really mediocre comedy tv shows.