In this Preshow Rituals segment, the indie pop artist, Caleb Hearn, reveals what he does before taking the stage. You can check out the rituals, after the break.
As someone who is still relatively new to the live show scene, I spend a good chunk of time before each performance trying to calm my nerves. My family is extremely important to me, and remembering how much they support me helps me get through times when my anxiety is high. One of my favorite rituals I’ve started doing before every show involves the help of my dad. Even though he can’t physically be with me at most shows, I’ve found a way to involve him that helps to calm my nerves.
Before taking the stage, my tour director gives me my in-ear monitors so I can stay on pace during the performance. While I’m still backstage, my tour director plays a voice memo my dad sends to them before each show. In the voice memo, there is always a classic dad joke along with some other words of encouragement. I wouldn’t say the jokes are the greatest of all time, but the voice memo is always a nice reminder of how much my family supports me and a quick distraction from my nerves.
Aside from this, I always drink a glass of Throat Coat tea before stepping on stage. This not only helps calm me down but also helps prepare me physically for the show. If I have a chance, I also like to peek out at the audience before I go on stage to get more amped about the show I’m about to play.