Touring Well With Marlon Williams
We talk to Marlon Williams about his touring well tips.
What do you always do before you go onstage?
There's nothing material that I do pre-gig; no external rituals, it's a completely internal process, and it's indescribable because it's unconscious and crucially individual. It takes a few times round the block to work out your own process, but whatever it is, it's right because it's yours.
How many days in a row can you perform? - before your voice/body needs a break.
I HAVE pushed my voice and body to limits that I would never recommend, where adrenaline is the only thing standing between you and disaster. Listening to your own body is the only way to know what you can or should manage.
What hacks do you have to make sure you get enough rest?
Routine is so important. When you're on tour the temptation to drift off into parties or strange situations is very strong. Build your walls, do your best to make sleep as habitual as any drug
If eating a balanced diet is important to you, how are you able to find healthy options while you are touring?
Depending on where you are, it can be extremely difficult. If you have dietary requirements or desires of any sort then you've just gotta plan ahead...
What do you enjoy most about touring?
This may be a little masochistic but I do enjoy the sweet reward of getting through a particularly gruelling tour. But more importantly, I love what repetition does to music: to watch my songs become uncomfortable under the light of different eyes every night and wriggle and shift accordingly.
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