Peace My People,
I have gotten some good responses for my earlier blog on clutch tips for hip hop touring so I figured I’d keep it going. This one might be a little controversial if you’re not a drinker, and to that my response would simply be this: loosen up!
For one the flask helps with tour expenses. Being in and out of bars every night can require quite a tab. I’m talking one of Norm on Cheers proportions. However, if you just hit the liquor store before the show and buy a fifth of your poison you can pour it in a flask and easily sneak it into any venue you desire. My personal favorite is Jameson (you guys should really be sponsoring my habit by now) but even that can start to run expensive. By the end of the Field Trip Tour we were dipping into the Seagram 7 and Jim Beam range. Apologies to the venues but you really shouldn’t be charging the entertainment for the evening and one drink ticket is not taking care of us.
On the promotional angle it can work wonders. I’m a pretty social guy to begin with, but let’s face it. Alcohol is a social lubricant. It makes it a lot easier to go up to strangers and sell your CD, get them to sign up for the email list, etc. Also it helps you deal with the ups and downs of the road and prepares you for a night of the unexpected.
If you can tell from my picture the flask I carry is personally monogrammed with my initials. I have to thank my good friend Donna for the present. I couldn’t be the person I am without all these enablers around me. lol. See you in rehab.
I wasn’t gonna leave you hangin’ right there. Of course, drink responsibly, don’t drink and drive, but do feel free to make some bad decisions here and there. It’s called life.