In this Tour Tips segment, Will Irvine, vocalist of the alternative band, DAYTIME TV, recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips below:
1. GET THE SLEEP TALK RECORDING APP
Best £1.49 I’ve ever spent. Our drummer Gaz is a maniac in his sleep and when you’re sharing rooms, a bus, a van to sleep in, we’ve captured some of the greatest audio clips ever to grace this earth. Sometimes we all chip in with nonsensical garbage and have fully asleep conversations that we can then listen to and die laughing the following morning. Trust me, it’s the best way to start the day. One particular Gaz sleeptalk consists of him introducing himself as “The greatest drummer in the world” in a confident booming voice, before then admitting he’s “Probably only the best drummer in Brighton”. If you ever have a beer with us, ask us to show you. Absolute gold.
2. GO RUNNING
The best way to see new places is to run around getting lost. Maybe dip into a cool looking coffee place or stop to take in some iconic views of the city you’re in. We try to do this as a squad and even our TM and techs get involved. It’s also a great way to sweat out any hangover you may or may not have and square up your head ready to smash the show later. Bands that run together stay together!
3. LEAVE EVERYTHING ON THE STAGE
No, I don’t mean literally. You’ll kick yourself if you walk off stage having not given your fans the best possible night and something to remember forever. This is definitely the most important thing for us. People pay hard earned money to come see gigs so there’s no room for off days or “not really feeling it tonight”. Do whatever you need to do to get yourself in the right headspace to go and empty the tank every single night. When that energy connects there’s no other feeling like it for you or the crowd. Make sure they go home having really felt something.
4. ENJOY IT
Remember when you were sat on the end of your bed writing your first song with dreams of one day getting to play every night in front of a big crowd? You’re living your (and so many other people’s) dream so you better be making the most of it. There are times on the road when you’re exhausted and not feeling your best. Try to be present and remember how awesome it is that you get to do this. Talk to your band and team if you’re feeling down. Mental health is key. It’ll take the pressure off too.
Enough said. Socks. Bring enough socks. Do not lose socks. Socks.