In this Preshow Rituals segment, Kyle Lewis, of the indie pop rock band, The Penny Serfs, talks about what they do before every show. You can check out their rituals, after the break.
I am the drummer, so it’s important for me to try and warm up a bit before the show.
First, I grab a drink from the bar. Usually a light beer, but I’ve recently been enjoying a glass of red wine before heading to stage to play. I really suck at playing my drums if I’m drunk, so I am very careful not to have one too many! Booze is not an absolute must for me, but one drink can warm up and loosen the body a little. Drink responsibly 21+ kids!
After a few sips I start to stretch. I try to get in about 5 minutes of classic stretching. Then Ill grab my drumsticks and do a few arms over the head/behind the back stretches and wrist warm-ups. This is about the time I catch my band members looking my way giggling and pointing/imitating like 3rd graders. It’s cool, that must just be part of their pre-show ritual haha.
Once my limbs are feeling warmed up, I usually grab my drum pad and head over to sit next to the rest of the band. I enjoy sharing a few words with my comrades while practicing some speed drills and paradiddles. Most of the time I try to match the bpm of whatever music is playing around me, whether it be a stereo or the live band performing before us.
Last but not least, I always check the tuning of my drums and finish my drink before our set time starts, and grab another drink to walk out on stage with! Thanks! Kyle
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