Touring Well with Randa
What do you always do before you go onstage?
I drink at least one full glass of water, and pour another one or two to take up with me!
How many days in a row can you perform? -before your voice/body needs a break.
I haven't had to play too many shows consecutively / night after night, though remember a week-long tour where I got sick, when I reached my fourth show in the space of week I was having trouble speaking / performing. Lemon, honey, hot water and vocal aids are good for this.. but foresight, and keeping the immune system strong might actually be better long term!
What hacks do you have to make sure you get enough rest?
Plan a nap for when you arrive and settle into a city, it can be hard sometimes because often you just want go look about in an environment which isn't your home. Limiting coffee intake until after you've had a sleep or lil rest will keep you in good form though, and feeling better for a post-show early morning flight.
If eating a balanced diet is important to you, how are you able to find healthy options while you are touring?
I always think to myself... CARBOHYDRATE, PROTEIN,VEGETABLE! Google Maps is good for finding a supermarket or cafe where you can suss a deli style vege salad, some greens maybe, then you can go from there.. get a big sandwich or kebab on rice to fill you up and keep you going!
What do you enjoy most about touring?
Making new friends and meeting likeminded creative individuals. It's also super motivating and heartwarming meeting people who have supported your music for ages... as an artist balancing music and day to day work / home life.. well it's easy to forget people from all over listen to your songs... -going and playing shows is always a startling reminder and a really lovely feeling.
From The Pit is a curated exhibition of images of New Zealand musicians playing live in New Zealand. More than anything it is a celebration of the craft and art of live music photography.
The print exhibition is displayed as part of NZ Music Month. Designed and curated by NZ music photographers Dave Simpson and Reuben Raj.