There’s nothing quite like going on a music tour across the country in a van with your band and nothing else. Going out and performing to a different audience every time is a far more different experience that playing the same gig every night to a crowd that knows and likes you. If you are thinking of taking the leap of faith and going on a tour, here are some of the things you should remember:
- Not Everyone Will Like You
As harsh as this sounds, we learned the hard way that people who have never seen or heard of you don’t really care about you when you go and perform for them. This, as mentioned before, is possibly the toughest part about going on tour. So before going on the road, it’s always better to have your expectations in check.
- You Will Have to Sell Merchandise
Remember that most of what you earn through gigs will be spent on food, fuel, and van maintenance. So you will have to make earn money through selling merchandise like t-shirts and signed instruments.
- The Fatigue Will Get To You
You probably already know this but going on tour is going to be tough on your body and mind. You probably won’t be getting enough sleep, and even if you do it won’t be comfortable. Riding in a van with all your gear is going to be frustrating, and the changing time zones will get to you. If you want to work from the road while touring, you’ll have the additional stress of having to check your emails on time.
- But You Will Love it
However, despite all the reality checks mentioned in this blog, mark our words that you will love this time more than anything in your life. You will meet new people on a daily basis, your bond amongst your band will strengthen, you will learn new things about yourself and about others, and you will be playing music for weeks on end. So despite all the hardship and the work, if you are thinking of going on tour right now, go ahead and just do it!