Touring Well with Andrew Spraggon | Sola Rosa
What do you always do before you go onstage?
I like to be hanging out with the band, and generally the band only before shows. I'm not a natural performer so I need some space away from small talk and music talk before taking the stage.
How many days in a row can you perform? - before your voice/body needs a break.
It's been a while since I've done any extensive touring. There was a time I could tour for 6 weeks or more and though I'd get physically and mentally tired I still find the whole process exciting. There's no external noise, your job is to tour and put on good shows and I love that aspect of being a music maker. I love touring, always have. In saying that, the older I get the more I enjoy spending more time with the whanau and kicking back; a balance of both is the ultimate.
What hacks do you have to make sure you get enough rest?
As a person that has experienced some pretty severe mental issues rest is paramount for me. Rest, exercise and diet have become crucial to my wellbeing. I've always been a person that said yes to most things offered to me but I've learned the word ‘no' and it feels good to say no to things that are going to add stress to my life. I've also learned that my time is worth something so saying no to things that are gonna take up a lot of my time and not provided emotional and financial return are not worth committing to.
If eating a balanced diet is important to you, how are you able to find healthy options while you are touring?
This is an age old question. Depends where you are touring. Certain countries have healthier food options. It's certainly not as hard to eat healthy food now as it was 10 years ago. It's in our rider that we are to be provided with healthy food options. When touring I'll make an effort to search out healthy food joints either online or by talking to venue owners and promoters etc. I also use Uber Eats a lot when on the road. They have a ‘Healthy Foods' category. Worst case scenario there's always Subway.
What do you enjoy most about touring?
I kinda covered this earlier but mostly I enjoy the experience of travelling, seeing new places and sights and meeting new people. I love the meditativeness of focusing only on what you need to do each day. You are living in the moment when touring, I'm never focusing or worrying about tomorrow and that in itself is the ultimate headspace to be in. I also love seeing yourself and your band mates getting better with each show. Touring and music production are my favourite pieces of the pie. The rest is all filler.