A Day in the Life of a Touring Musician

The life of a musician has its ups, but it has its downs too.

Touring is probably the most complicated part of it. You’re looking at an experience that’s a lot of fun and gives you a chance to interact with the fans. You get to spend a lot of time with your crew, bond and make connections.

On a professional level, it’s a great opportunity. You can sell merchandise or albums. You can get the attention of people along the way and make more fans.

The chance to explore, to see places you wouldn’t have otherwise, is awesome.

However, touring isn’t all fun and games.


Here’s a look at the typical day a musician is going to have while on tour.

Most of your time is going to be on the road. Half the day is going to be driving from one venue to the other. You get out of bed at eight and start travelling soon after that.

Bigger bands have a bus, but most musicians have vans. Things are going to get bumpy and cramped, and you learn to sleep on the road or listen to music. Rotation for whose turn it is to drive is a good way to keep the peace and minimise people arguing over who should be behind the wheel.

At about lunch time, you’re hoping to start unloading your gear. Now is an excellent opportunity to hit a gym and get a workout before the show, if that’s your thing.

You’ll want any local wandering you do to happen close to your venue, to avoid unexpected traffic or inclement weather. There’s something very embarrassing about being a few feet away from the stage, but you can’t make it because it’s raining.

Sometime in the afternoon, you grab something to eat. Coffee shops, diners, and local places with Wi-Fi are preferred. You never know when you might have a chance to do some last minute promoting.

If there’s a local radio station for your genre of music, you’ll want to visit. Try to stop by, hand off some CDs, and shake a few hands. The meet-and-greet is an excellent way to build ties.

If you have a day job, now is a good time to get some work done – if you couldn’t get any done on the road.

Once evening hits, the venues start opening doors. You need to be there already, working on any merchandise or meeting new fans. If the doors aren’t open yet, you might want to get some last-minute practice.

The wrap up of the show will involve a moment to rest.
After that, you load everything back in the van. You head to the hotel to get some sleep because you’ve got an early day tomorrow.

When you’re on the road, you learn the value of having a schedule and sticking to it. Being on the road is a chaotic thing, and you’re never going to know if anything will throw your plans off the rails. Stick to your schedule, because that’s going to be an oasis of predictability.

Yeah, it’s a lot of hard work, but there’s nothing quite as satisfying as looking out at the crowd after a performance. You just know you nailed all the right notes.

Our First Tour Van

Ah, I still remember the first time we bought our own touring van. See, that was the thing bands and musicians should have. It was a necessity.

Of course you have to pick the right kind of van for the need and you have to be logical about choosing one. The fun part was that we threw all of that out of the window when we picked the van we wanted.

Being the fun loving individuals that we were, we got a Volkswagen Type 2. I know. It was the choice back then. It embodied the very element we were emanating back then. Laid back, relaxed, and free. That was who we are and our van represented it. We didn’t need to put up signs. People just knew.

No, this is not some hipster phase we were going through. We just really needed a van and the Type 2 was the perfect fit. It had enough space for me and my partner plus some people who want to tag along. It had enough power to carry us wherever we want to go and at night we can easily convert it into a small sleeping quarter.

The life of a musician is hard. If you are just starting out, you don’t get to have the same benefits as the bigwigs. While they get a plane ticket or a tour bus, we had to settle with our tour van at times. Still, I can’t imagine trading the memories we had on our first tour van. I remember one time we got stuck in the middle of nowhere without the right tools to fix the van (plus the fact we didn’t know what to do). We actually spent 3 days in a farm doing chores before the tour manager sent somebody to track us down. It was the best 3 days in my touring days. Nobody knew who we were but they enjoyed our little gigs every night at their small watering hole.


Music for the Soul

I really don’t have much to say today except a quote from Hans Christian Andersen

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Music has been a form of therapy for a lot of people throughout the years. In reality, music is not about having the best voice, making the most amazing guitar riffs, or titillating drum solos. Music is all about expression. That’s the reason why most of the successful (not necessarily rich, but successful) artists are those that really use their music to express themselves.

Life of musicians

It is not all it is made up to be here and there. Very few get the opportunity to carry on with the life of the rich and glorious. The artists that made it and after that made millions. Celebrating at whatever point they need, being driven around in extravagant autos all over the place like the spouse on the day of her wedding. Not everybody has this extravagance. Numerous performers’ battle for a considerable length of time attempting to become showbiz royalty with some them is never doing as such, most never at any point experiencing what it is similar to.

Ryder and Everhart go themselves a taste, however. Not an essence of the rich and well known but rather a nature of a performer’s life which they shared together. Creating collections, melodies, destroying their instruments and playing for a broad range of individuals.

A Reuniting?

Rumors have said that these two wonderfully talented musicians may be getting back together to perform some shows ad write some new music at the beginning of 2016.

At this point in time we do not have any confirmed concreted evidence or proof, however we cross our fingers that this is the case.

These 2 play so well together and you can certainly be guaranteed a great performance and musical magic. Lets hope these rumors are true or at the very least inspire these great musicians to fulfill on this.

I am excited. I will post more information as soon as I receive it (if any at all that is)

Fyder and Everhart…Its time to come back together, for one last time 🙂

More information

The pair “Fyder and Everhart”, contained artist lyricists Glen Everhart and Ted Fyder. Performed together full time from 1989 to 1998, made an uncommon sort of contemporary acoustic society music that was as endearing as it was enjoyable. These local Minnesotans composed (and Glen keeps on writing) melodies that component the characteristic world and family themes, in styles running from people to a nation, to shake. Their unique material joins playful, beat guitar based tunes with scrutinizing and touching melodies, and they can cover the most recent 50 years of American contemporary music.

Their first recording, Northern Minnesota, is no longer in production and the CD Uncle Don’s Guitar, is accessible according to popular demand just. In 1994, they discharged Moments of Truth, trailed by a tape of kids’ music titled I’ve got The HeBeJeBe’s, which is currently accessible on CD. This is their most firms and all around recorded undertaking to date and contains a large portion of the material that has gotten them airplay on radio and TV slots all over Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Goin’ Up North

A song by the duo called Goin’ Up North. A great camping and road tripping song. Many people would buy this on CD and play specifically when riding or driving, you guessed it, up north.

Have a listen and see what you think. Fyder and Everhart – Goin’ Up North
A mix of country, folk and what we like to call feel good. Stay tuned for more.

Life of the rich and famous

Its not all it is made up to be sometimes. Not many get to live the life of the rich and famous. The musicians that made it and then made millions. Partying whenever they want, being driven around in fancy cars everywhere like the bride on her wedding day. Being fed with expensive food and drink, hot babes, loud music, sex, drugs, rock and roll blah blah bla.

Not everyone has this luxury (a luxury if you want to call it that, im sure some would hate it). Many musicians struggle for years trying to make the big time with many of them never doing so, most never even getting a taste of what it is like.

Fyder and Everhart go themselves a taste though. Not a taste of the rich and famous but a taste of a musicians life which they shared together. Producing albums, songs, shredding their instruments and playing for many different people.

For some, just like Fyder and Everhart, not all want it to be that way and are happy just sitting along playing some mellow tunes with their buddies. Sometimes this is the most organic and better way for musical magic to form.

Life of a musician

What’s a musician’s life like?

Well a musician’s life is not your average lifestyle from working day jobs to transitioning into full-time music playing and everything else that you have to deal with in between. Life as a musician is a lot more than just playing a few notes here and there.

The best way to succeed in this industry is to learn from those who have come before you and get tips from them to find out they put it all together and endured the challenges they have faced in making a success. So many questions need to be asked and answered. How many ways to make money with music talents with a lot of them both pros and cons?

You need to learn to adapt to environments, to situations and times of the year. You need to make sure that you may face conflict in your band. What the basic strategies you should be using order to be a success. How responsible they need to be for themselves and their production in order to make music and money. How do you deal with stage fright.

To know what to take next in your musical career, deciding whether or not you need a manager, how many people in your band, how you are going to make money, do you press vinyl or do you stay online, how do you manage your band, what happens when the band breaks up, how do you get ahead, what sort of photos should we take? There are many do’s and don’t’s problems and solutions and experiences as a musician. It is about cultivating it into one to make things work.