In this Preshow Rituals segment, the hard rock band, Fight The Fade, reveals what they do before taking the stage. You can check out the story, after the break.
Every time we have a show, there are certain things that we do to prepare ourselves, psych ourselves up, and (depending on how long between gigs) run through our parts. But, that looks a little different for each of us:
Zene // Vocals – First thing after loading in for me, is setting up the merch table, and then I like to spend a little time meeting the other bands on the bill and touching base with the show promoter. Afterward, I try to find a secluded space to do my vocal warmups.
The secluded part is not always easy, because I’m not the quietest of vocalists. One time, we were headlining a small festival in the Netherlands, and I went to do my warmups outside behind the venue. I actually had a resident in an apartment open his window and promptly tell me to shut up.
Then, it’s usually a bit of jumping up and down to get the blood flowing right before walking out on stage.
Bryan // Guitar – Red Bull, stretching (cause we run around a lot), and watching the Foo Fighters documentary Back And Forth.
Tyler // Guitar, BGV, Keys – Pre-show rituals usually consist of stretching, sometimes vocal warm-ups with Zene, making sure my in-ears are working, wondering why the opening band has gone 15 minutes over their set time, drinking a beer, and getting a huddle in with band right before we walk out on stage.
Alyssa // Drums – Tuning my drums, warming up on the practice pad, dropping a deuce, and yawning a lot.
Trevor // Bass – After soundcheck, I look for a coffee shop nearby. When the doors open, I like to go greet people, especially when there are people that I know. Then, I will go to the green room and visit with other artists or chill by listening to Hammock. I never eat a meal too close to showtime. Stretching is important because playing rock and roll is fun.