In this Tour Tips segment, the alternative rock artist, HUDSUN, recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips, after the break.
1. Always know where the nearest chicken shop is and what time they are serving/likely to run out of chicken. After a hectic show running up and down a stage, you are bound to lose a lot of salt from the system due to the sweat and shouting. The quickest and safest way to top up your body salt is of course fried chicken, so always know where the nearest replenishment site is.
2. No questions in the van before midday. Whether you’ve got a hired driver or one of the band is taking one for the team, never ask pointless questions to a tired and irritated vehicle handler. They want to be left alone until their veins are at least half full of coffee beans and preferably breakfast stodge.
3. Always carry a shower in a can i.e. deodorant or any other nice-smelling device. The layers of smell your body can equip during a lengthy tour are uncountable and you don’t want to spoil that one chance with the high-flying industry leader when they shake your hand and convulse under your potent stage odor.
4. Remember which city you are currently playing in. Nothing stops a set short quicker than shouting out a rival city’s name while trying to build the hype around your next track.
5. Treat your sound engineer with tender loving care. He might not say much, or show many signs of human life but remember that they are in charge of the buttons which make you sound a lot better than you are. Make sure they are well fed, watered and rested before each show. A friendly nod and a smile towards them every now and again should keep them running efficiently. Maybe a handshake as long as it’s consensual.