Essential Tips for Drummers Touring the First Time
Are you a drummer that is going to be touring the first time? Well, that’s great but have you actually planned your tour and made proper arrangements to ensure that you don’t face any problems while performing? There are a few essential tips that every drummer needs to keep in mind while going on a tour to perform. These tips can make your first-time experience pleasurable if followed properly.
There is absolutely nothing like touring the first time you as a professional drummer wanted. A little mismanagement of your equipment, however, can become a serious hindrance in letting you enjoy your time. Here are a few tips you need to keep in mind before you finally pack and leave off for a tour/concert/event in a faraway city.
1. Keeping your luggage light
Being as streamlined as possible when on tour is an important tip. Excessive luggage only creates confusion and makes you pack and unpack unnecessary items thus wasting time. Why take items that are not even going to be needed on tour? Check and recheck your inventory of equipment you are packing for the tour. Do you really need extra cymbals or a spare rack/floor tom? What about that back-up stand that’s nothing but weight?
Packing light helps you avoid trouble when on tour. You don’t have to carry extra weight and you can give the best performance with only the equipment that is actually going to be needed. Same goes for your clothes/shoes actually. Don’t pack loads of T-shirts and jeans. Prefer the laundry if you are going for more than a week. If you will be touring with an experienced drummer, it’s advisable to ask him/her what he/she as a drummer wanted while touring the first time.
2. Respecting your equipment
The equipment you are going to play on tour should be in perfect condition so that you can pull off an unforgettable concert/event for your listeners and fans. Get some hard covers for your drum kit and cover it properly during travel and soon after you’re finished. Make sure all your instruments are stored in a proper store room with absolutely no human interference. Better yet, require a large locker for your instrument if possible and keep it safe as you are new to the place and will be unaware of how will your equipment be treated.
It’s the same as demanding what a renowned professional drummer wanted. Treat yourself like one and respect your instrument for it to respect you back. The better the condition of your drum system is, the brighter the chances of you pulling off a successful tour will be.
3. Insuring what’s important
Unfortunately, road theft is very common these days and if you are travelling abroad, chances are you might lose something along the way. So, to cover up for the loss of theft or other damage, you can opt for a renter’s insurance package that covers not only your gear but also all your belongings that are valuable eg laptops, MP3 players, Macs, watches, etc – just what a drummer wanted!
The music venues where you are to perform might also be in an area that might not be so pleasing, so it is better to insure your items against all theft and damages and only take those items that are now fully covered. While away for performance, make sure your belongings at the hotel/place of stay are completely safe. Thieves don’t leave a chance to pick things up if they are left unattended.
4. Being efficient at setting up and tearing down
It is important that you are quick in setting up your kit and then disassembling it after use. The more time you take, the more irritated you will feel right before and after performing. Also, sometimes drummers are required to get off stage right after they have performed. This calls for some quick action. Practice before you leave for tour on how to assemble and disassemble your kit in time. It’s important that you manage everything on time to pull everything off just how you as a professional drummer wanted.
5. Be health cautious
Falling sick is the last thing you would want to do while on your very first tour. A heavy head would never let you perform to your potential so it’s better to avoid all the unneeded edibles while on tour. Drink as much fresh fruit juice as possible. Take proper rest and avoid the use of booze, candy, cola and junk food. If you are performing overseas, it’s better to stick with a healthy diet plan. After all, the only thing that you as a drummer wanted is to perform at your best, right?
Take your time in planning your tour well. Ask for advice from experienced fellow bands and other musicians. Practice, practice and practice some more and you are surely going to rock it on your first tour.
Anna is a music enthusiast and loves to share her throughout the web; she is associated with El-live, an organization which develops best singers and touring musicians