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The Ups and Downs of the Touring Life


There is a false sense of glamor that exists in what life is like for touring Hip Hop artist. If you've ever talked to someone who said they had an easy, non stressful experience on the road, you were probably having a conversation with Jay Z, Drake or someone of equal status.

The fact is, unless you're as well known as Wiz Khalifa or Lil Wayne, each who charge several Hundred Thousands of dollars per show you probably can't afford much more than a manager to help your life on tour go more smoothly. This means most of the work is going to fall on you and members of your entourage. Unfortunately, sometimes the pros of touring can without fail out weigh the cons.

The Road and the Stage
Sure the performances you do are mad fun to perform, but take into consideration everything else that is involved both before and after the show, such as sound checks, possible interviews, cheap food, getting changed, instrument maintenance, publicity acts, and most of all, traveling.  

Switching time zones, having to sleep in uncomfortable coach bus beds or cheap motel rooms, seeing the same people each and every day, and having to function on little to no sleep can all take a serious toll on your experience, no matter how much you love the music.

Family
Birthdays, Holidays, and just overall quality time with your friends and family can become next to non existent if and when you decide to head out. February 7 – May 7 may not look like a long time on paper, but when your significant other is upset that you missed Valentines day it seems a lot longer. Your focus can go to the fact that all you want is a home cooked meal and your real bed -- those few weeks can become an eternity.

Tips
Thankfully with technology these days, it is now much easier to communicate with the ones you love. It's a good idea to make sure you have a good cell phone or invest in a WIFI capable tablet to video chat with your family and friends. 

Make sure your Tour Bus (or Tour Van) is stocked with all the necessary supplies to make life as easy as possible on the road. Do as much pre-planning on the venue locations as possible. Check, check and RECHECK your venue arrangements,  especially the sound.

Lastly, make sure all your bookings are clear BEFORE you leave for tour, this will save you all kinds of headache in the future. Being on tour may be an enormous pain, but just like most things in life, if it isn't difficult it won't be worth it.

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