When one chooses the path to becoming a musician they slowly start to realize that it is a road of uncertainty. There are individual obstacles, goals, and forms of independence. However, there is this vision that we each share; the undeniable desire to succeed and in that comforting thought, you are not alone. Having been a traveling musician for ten years, I’ve slept in airports, on park benches and trains. As a result, I have been lucky to play some pretty amazing shows. Those times on the road taught me how bad I really wanted this life and if I had the heart, mind and spirit to see it through.
If I could give you any tips it would be this:
1) There is no such thing as over planning, but always be ready to adapt if things don’t go as planned.
2) Discuss every aspect of your show with the venue before you leave.
3) Learn the area your traveling too, the safe places and dangerous.
4) For the solo artist, as we say in the military “Bring a battle Buddy”. That means a relative or friend. Not only will they look out for you, but I promise they will also enjoy the journey just as much as you.
Above all, these are four things that have saved me in so many ways. Although, I promise when you’re done you’ll have tips of your own to give other musicians. Pass along your experience to the next artist and you’ll likely gain a fan in the process. Wishing you safe travels and the wonderful experience of self-discovery.