I was sixteen when I went on my first European tour, but we had done regional tours. That taught me how to behave in a professional environment – go through line check, go through sound check, understand what packing up is, understand how to tell the monitor guy to turn your stuff up, how to tell someone off and how to tell if someone's being a dick to you. Basically, your rights as an artist as well as tour life, being around people for every second of the day.
When you start out as an artist it's best to do everything yourself so you understand how things work. Publicity and booking your shows, managing and organising. I feel like it's the most important thing as an up and coming artist to just have a crack at it yourself so you realise what you're doing and what you can pay other people to do for you.
It's really hard sometimes talking to people who don't understand how music works and how tours work. I'm a music producer but I still work two days in a café - they're like "Why are you still working in a café, you're 24 and you still work in a cafe?". But you gotta do what you gotta do.
I've started producing other people's work which I think is a really, really cool thing and it's again another income stream. I always love collaborating so going into the studio with someone else and working on their stuff is amazing. So, I will continue to try and do that
I want to continue to work with as many cool people as possible. That's what I love about my job now - being able to choose to work with people I really love and admire. That's the really great thing about being a solo artist is you get to make those choices yourself, you don't have to consult the band.
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