Generationals - TOUR TIPS

Join us as Generationals recommends their advice for touring bands.

Generationals - TOUR TIPS
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In this Tour Tips segment, Grant Widmer, of the indie duo, Generationals, recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips below:

Caveat: This applies to van touring. If your tour conveyance is a bus, congratulations, please X out of this tab!

1. Van tours are an exercise in staying off each others’ nerves. This goes double if there are people in the van that you have not toured with before. Try as hard as you can to avoid annoying behaviors, at least until you get 1000 miles from home and it's too far for people to easily quit the tour. Then let it rip.

2. Do everything you can to avoid saying a URL outloud into a microphone.

3. No shame in screwing over venues that are counting on making money selling liquor to the band. Smuggle whatever you want in a backpack and screw the drink tickets.

4. Do not go to a random “party” after the show. 99 times out of 100, the afterparty is 3 dudes and 2 cats and they may try to enlist you into a pickup band situation. Avoid.

5. After the show, drive 20 miles towards the next city. When you wake up you will be on the good side of the traffic.

6. Resist the urge to treat New York and L.A. like more important shows where you should dress differently or modify your show to play up to the crowd. They do not want that and you look like a tryhard. Instead, treat Burlington like New York and New York like Burlington.

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