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.

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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.

Wedding cars

Have I played weddings? Of course, I’ve played weddings. What kind of musician worth his fees hasn’t played at least one wedding in his career?

One thing I’ve noticed at every wedding I’ve played is the cars. The happy couple always wants to arrive and leave in style. Sure, you could get any old car to drive you around, but for a wedding, there always has to be something special.

After a few years, I realised something. There are certain vehicles that keep cropping up as the car of choice for a wedding.

I see two Rolls-Royce cars in weddings frequently. One’s the Phantom, and the other is the Ghost.

I found out with a quick Google that the Phantom is among the most sought-after wedding cars. I can imagine it’s because of how stylish it is. There’s something classy about the way it looks, and apparently, the interiors are just as good as the outside.

The Phantom screams elegance, which makes it fit right into most weddings.

The Ghost, on the other hand, is very traditional, I think. It’s comfortable and has a nice interior, and it’s one of the few cars I genuinely think looks good in white. As it turns out, lots of brides agree, and the Ghost sees a lot of use as a bridal car.

If it comes down to personal favourites, my vote goes to the kombi. The old beetle’s been in a lot of the shows I’ve done, and it’s a popular choice for weddings. The fact that it has plenty of space also means it’s fun to hire out an entire fleet of them for your entire wedding party.

I know someone who did that, calling up kombihireperth.com.au for the job.

I have to admit; it is pretty photogenic. Plus, there’s something nostalgic about it, something that stirs up memories of a bygone era. Maybe that’s the bulk of the appeal? I can’t be sure about everyone else, but it is for me.

Bentleys are also common. I find that pretty surprising since the specific model is the MK VI. It’s old, could count as a classic in some circles, and it has a timeless design. Still, for some reason, it never really clicked in my head as a wedding vehicle until I saw it a few times.

The Daimler limo’s also had a good showing, from what I’ve seen. I imagine the fame is because the limo looks so regal. Did you know it’s still the official state car in a lot of countries? As wedding vehicles go, that’s pretty impressive.

I’ve also a lot of the old Beauford Classic at weddings. I think most people like it for the soft top, which is optional but adds a certain something to the whole thing.

Of course, I’ve also played at weddings where strange choices were made. Every bride or wedding has its own thing going, and some of them are out there enough that the bridal car is pretty out there too. Most of the time, though? Couples seem to go with the classics.

I can’t say I blame them for that. The classics are beloved for a reason. There is usually a timeless quality about them, not entirely different from how some songs resonate from generation to generation.

In the end, though, what’s important in a wedding car is that the newlyweds are happy with it. It can be something timeless like a limo or a Rolls, or it might be something quirky like a monster truck. Don’t laugh; I’ve seen one used as a wedding car before. It was a sight to see, but that’s a story for anoth

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.