In this Tour Tips segment, the alternative rock duo, Nova Twins, recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips, after the break.
1. Bring a blanket / robe / pillow / slippers.
It’s good to have things with you on tour which are familiar and make you feel comfortable. They help make the tour bus more comfortable, especially on long drives and during late nights.
2. Eat well / hydrate when you can.
Tackle the fatigue! To survive long tours, it’s essential to keep a sustainable ritual. Burnout is real. When you have an energetic live show, stay in tune with your mind and body. Often you only get 3-4 hours of sleep per night, so it’s important to keep up the nutrients and take every opportunity you can to eat/drink and refuel.
3. Pre-show warm-ups.
We always make sure we’re stage-ready, as we found we burnt out quicker when we didn’t warm up. It’s like doing a marathon without warming up. Get to know what works for you, as we all have our own routines. Separately, we all take our time to do our individual warm-ups on bass, vocals, and guitar and get in the zone.
4. Stay in touch with loved ones.
Staying connected with friends and family on the road is so important. When you’re away, you can feel life is passing you by back home, so it’s good to check in with friends and let them know you’re thinking of them.
5. You time (self-care)
Where you can, it’s important to give yourself that solo space. Sometimes tour can be socially overwhelming, when on the road for months with the same crew. Often, days can go by where the only time you have alone is when you go to the toilet! We try our best to take some alone time whenever we can.