As a musician you spend a lot of your time on the road, your car becomes a second home, if you plan accordingly (water, a good playlist and Haribo) and are fortunate enough to have a passenger, it can be quite fun…..sometimes. I am, admittedly, not the calmest of drivers, and can be rather vocal with my feelings towards othe road users, many would describe this as ‘road rage’ i prefer to see it as humorous driving commentary with the occasional, but necessary cuss word.
I’ve estimated, and by estimated i mean I’ve thought about it briefly and come up with a number, a working musician spends 60% of his or her time travelling to a gig, and just 30% playing (the other ten is just waiting to play said gig). This, oddly, was our former drummer Jacks favourite part. I don’t fully agree, but i can see where he’s coming from. We’ve seen some wonderful things on our travels, we were flown to Morroco to play a 45 minute set,
played in parts of England that were so beautiful and remote, we felt like we had travelled back in time, it can be great, we’ve definitely had some adventures. There’s a flip side to every coin though, on a recent journey home, coming back from London, my windscreen wipers decided that they no longer worked, it was raining and we were on the motorway. Luckily, Jack the drummer was able to fashion an ingenious tool from a drum stick and a piece of string, and with that we were able to move the windscreen wipers manually, admittedly they moved only enough to reveal around 15cm of clear windscreen, but we didn’t die, and now it’s just a funny story. We witness some bizarre stuff too, travelling through the centre of London, we saw a guy completely bypass all laws of road and pedestrian use, when he wanted to get into the next lane that was separated by a traffic island, we found it hilarious, the pedestrians waiting patiently on the afore mentioned traffic island, perhaps not so much.
All of these little events and incidents contribute to the whole gig experience, good or bad, it’s all part of the fun.