In this Tour Tips segment, the indie pop/rock artist, Oberhofer, shares some of his tips for being on tour. You can check out the story, after the break.
A few tour tips that have proven valuable to me:
1. Explore each city you go to and walk a lot. This not only helps to clear my head, but also I usually make new friends in the town and run into people who might come to the show, or invite some people I meet that day to come to the show. By the end of the night, sometimes I feel a sense of community in a new place I’ve never been to, which doubles my happiness.
2. Seek Nature on days off. Spending days on end driving on the freeway looking out at luscious nature, but not being able to be immersed in it, can feel so depressing on tour. Researching places to hike and forest trails to hike can result in a much-needed reset on off-days.
3. Sleep whenever you can and keep a dream journal because it’s fun to study your subconscious ideas. This gives you infinite things to think about on 12-hour long drives between cities.
4. Stock up on food at grocery stores. When touring the US and Canada especially, it’s not always easy to find healthy food, so stocking up on less-perishable healthier foods is always a good idea.
5. Never be afraid to do your own thing. It’s fun to stay with the group, but when you’re on tour for weeks on end, it’s important to listen to your own wants and needs. It’s healthy to splinter off regularly and find the space to hear your own thoughts.