At its best, touring is fun, lucrative, and creatively fulfilling. At its worst, it’s capable of bringing even the most experienced musicians to their knees. Touring can lead to disaster for musicians of every level of experience, but new bands are especially susceptible. Here are three reasons why.
When I first started touring, I measured success by whether my band ended our time out on the road in debt or not. Personal spending aside, I considered simply being able to be on tour without having to spend money a success. But many tours and a decade later, I see things pretty differently not just when it comes to spending and earning money on tour, but whether it’s worth it for me to be out on the road in the first place.
Touring can be a tough endeavor for every personality type, but introverts have an especially challenging time out on the road. This is one of those issues that doesn’t make or break a musician’s career, but it does make life harder for introverted musicians and the people who work with them. Today, we’re highlighting some ways touring is tough on introverts with some tips to help things run smoothly.
If something can go wrong on tour, it probably will eventually. Sure, this statement sounds a little cynical, but taking it seriously can help get you in a mindset that equips for any potential disaster that might befall you while you’re out on tour. And by “disaster,” I mean things like your van breaking down or one of your shows getting canceled, not actual disasters like a meteor hitting the venue right as you take the stage—although, that would be a cool way to go out.
Preparing for the worst is a tactic that can save you tons of money and frustration when it comes to sharing music on the road, but lots of musicians have trouble looking ahead. To help you look ahead, let’s think about a couple of the more common things that can go wrong on tour:
Unless you’ve got a dedicated team helping you get ready for a big tour, you’ve got an insane amount of work on your hands. In addition to the musical aspects of getting ready for a tour, the promotion and planning it takes time and lots of prep. But where do you start? Here are five ways to prepare before going on tour:
When a new band starts getting asked to play shows, it can be really exciting. But as established artists know, not every show is worth playing. If you’re on the fence about committing to a show or not, here are five reasons to say no:
Much of what goes on in the music industry now happens over computer and smartphone screens. From bands submitting their music to blogs and playlists to listeners streaming songs, like many other aspects of modern life, music is now mostly being heard and talked about online. But if you’re a musician hoping to make an impact with your music, don’t count out the physical world just yet.
Bad shows can be temporarily devastating even for musicians who’ve been performing professionally for years. Things like bad sound systems, unattentive crowds, and performance mistakes can turn something you love into a truly awful experience if you’re not careful. But while some shows are so bad they feel like black holes that you and your bandmates will get sucked into, that’s not the case. Most bad shows can be turned around. Here’s how: