Touring Well with Tali

  • What do you always do before you go onstage?

    I always make sure I warm up my voice, and stretch my body. I tend to jump around and dance a lot on stage, and I can do that a lot easier if my body is warmed up.

    How many days in a row can you perform? - before your voice/body needs a break?
    Recently I performed Friday night at Splore with my live band. The next day on the Saturday I flew to Christchurch with Aroha and played Electric Avenue Festival with her. Later that night I played the after party with DJ Marky until 4am, Got up the next morning for an 8.30am lobby call and then flew back to Auckland, drove myself back to Splore Festival and got back on stage with Marky to close out his set. Needless to say I was pretty exhausted - but I made sure I didn't drink too much and went straight to sleep after my Saturday night set.

    These kinds of marathon weekends aren't anything new to me. I've been touring internationally since I was 23, and we'd be travelling on sleeper buses touring through different countries, perform for about five or six nights in a row and then have maybe one or two days break. It was pretty intense for me, especially with the pressure I felt to perform, and step up, meet fans and do interviews in between shows. Not to mention all the partying after the shows!! Plus my sets aren't like a lot of other peoples. People who work in Electronic music will tell you we sometimes go onstage around 1am or 2am in the morning for a two hour set which is pretty hard out.

    I can't imagine what it must be like for huge musicians with gruelling schedules.
    I used to get quite sick a lot, I didn't know how to look after myself.
    Now days I get as much sleep as possible, take vitamins, eat well and stay hydrated. I also will say no to certain flight times or set times if I think it will be detrimental to my health, both physically and mentally.

    What hacks do you have to make sure you get enough rest?
    Nap wherever you can! On the tour bus, in the afternoon before your set, on the plane. Even if it's just closing your eyes and resting your mind and body for a bit. Sleep will be your best friend when you're on tour, so make sure you take ear plugs, an eye mask, and a good sleep blanket/pillow.

    If eating a balanced diet is important to you, how are you able to find healthy options while you are touring?
    When I tour through certain far flung countries, or little country towns it can be a pretty frustrating to find anything both healthy and vegetarian options! You end up just buying absolute crap from service stations a lot of the time, or a rubbish sandwich from some random bakery. lol I remember being in Slovakia once and telling the promoter I was vegetarian when he said they would be bringing me and the DJ a platter of food each. His came and it had all these different meats and bread and cheese. Mine was just bread and cheese haha.

    What do you enjoy most about touring?

    I love travelling to different countries and experiencing new cultures and people. It's what I live for! I definitely have wanderlust and get itchy feet to get back on the road if I am home for too long. It is so wonderful to be in a position where I can take my music across the world and have complete strangers sing my lyrics back to me, especially when English isn't even their first language. I feel very grateful to do what I do.