There are many images that come to mind about how it is like to be a travelling musician. Of course I would love to romanticize it but the truth is that it is much less [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2980316/]exciting[/link] than what you would think. As you can imagine the groupies and fame is not there when you are a low level guy like me – and a lot of times it involves searching online for the best deal on accommodation.
When I go out many times I will bring by my van – which means all my equipment will be in there. Sometimes bars that I book will have their own sound system that I can plug in – so that leaves just a place for me to sleep for the night – and yes there are times when I just sleep in my van. It is not the most comfortable alternative – however when every hotel costs a lot – and I am playing in a big city – especially when the fee for that city is not great – then I have no choice but to sleep in my van – well it’s either that or stay at a friend’s house or in the tent which I have – which is not the best.
But travelling is not all bad – you get to see many parts of the world and enjoy it – and it is a great fun job when the money is coming in right. Everyone wants to be successful – and being a musician is pretty high up on the list for many people.
There are certain things I have to pack every time I go out on tour – and one of those is my Bare Brush Australia which helps me to ensure that my teeth are clean. Of course – my voice is not that affected by how clean my mouth is – and believe me when I say many musicians are absolutely filthy – however there are other things I like to pack as well.
Even now I have difficulty playing the guitar – even so far as cancelling a gig – if I don’t have my guitar pick that I treasure – it has kept me lucky all this time. Then there is the guitar itself – a 1989 guitar I bought at an op shop and which serves me well to this day. You will not find me throwing my guitar around and smashing it into the ground like you would see other musicians do – firstly I love my guitar – and secondly I couldn’t afford a second one as easily!
Then at the end of the day I like to unwind – and the best part of playing gigs at bars and clubs is all the food you can eat as one of the perks to get me out there – which is probably how they justify paying me such a lowered rate! Hey as long as I am well fed I am happy.