Touring Well with Moana & the Tribe

  • What do you always do before you go onstage?

    Karakia. Then I tell everyone to have a bloody good time.

    How many days in a row can you perform? - before your voice/body needs a break.

    Hmmm, got 24 coming up in May with maybe 3 nights off. You just get on a roll. As long as you can hear yourself onstage, there are no smokers and you get enough sleep, all good. Because I have so many big projects on the go at any one time, a month focused solely on ONE thing (performing), that is like a break for me.

    What hacks do you have to make sure you get enough rest?

    I have shocking sleeping habits anyway, always go to sleep around 1am if I'm lucky. Not a morning person. But I tell the band what time we are leaving any gig and, in the main, we stick to it. Always got to have an escape route whether it's a driver or a taxi stand.

    If eating a balanced diet is important to you, how are you able to find healthy options while you are touring?

    My band is OBSESSED with food. During our first big European tour, we put a chart up in our nightliner and gave each festival or venue a mark for production, stage, promoter, audience and FOOD. Bologna, Schweinfurt and Rekohu are the stuff of legends. When we tour NZ, it's not hard to find cafes that serve healthy kai. I can't be bothered cooking at home so unlikely to do so on the road - though my scrambled salmon eggs are the stuff of legends.

    What do you enjoy most about touring?

    Hanging with my Tribe. Love being on the road with Trina and the guys and savoring each song onstage, getting tighter and tighter (or looser and more ad-libby) as we go. And meeting people offstage. I love Arts on Tour because it's a wonderful opportunity to drive all around NZ with a bunch of besties and see its beauty.