In this Preshow Rituals segment, the indie folk artist, Atli, reveals what he does before taking the stage. You can check out the rituals, after the break.
Performing is a tricky little thing and can be very stressful depending on lots of things. I personally love performing and I always try to make sure I’m as prepared as possible. I come from a football background so I’m very familiar with that “Game Day” feeling and the nerves that sometimes follow.
I try to make sure I always get plenty of rest before a show and I will take as many naps as I need to make sure I don’t step on stage tired. I also make sure I run through my entire set earlier during the day just to reassure myself that I know my act. This always calms me down a bit and gives me a sense of control over the show. After that, I like to not think too much about the show and usually, I spend my day listening to podcasts and playing Rocket League until I have to leave.
When I finally get to the venue I familiarize myself with the staff there and all the equipment, making sure everything is the way it should be. I then have a little chat with the people who came to see me and the other acts performing (if there are any).
For on-stage rituals, I don’t really have a lot of things that I consistently do except for maybe making sure that my water bottle is with me. I hate being the guy on stage that asks the crowd to bring him a glass of water. My favorite thing to do on stage is telling really bad jokes and then looking back to find my band members all staring at me with a look of complete disappointment and then just carrying on with the show.
Performing truly gives me a feeling I can’t find anywhere else in the world and I’m so grateful to be in a position where I can do this on a regular basis.
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