Touring can be one of the most valuable experiences an artist can have, but also one of the most stressful. Long drives, tight budgets, and unfamiliar cities can wear musicians down both financially and mentally. There are also the legal issues of international touring: work visas, crossing borders with gear and merch, and carnets pose their own difficulties for independent musicians. To avoid the common pitfalls of tour burnout, these road-savvy pros give concrete tips on maximizing your success while staying safe and healthy, whatever city you’re playing in. > Amy Fort is a live audio technician who makes Ought, U.S. Girls, and Tim Darcy sound excellent on stages all over the world. > Immigration lawyer Aryana Rousseau is one of the smartest folks around when it comes to the dos & don’ts of international touring. > John Fischer is a London-based booking agent who works for VICE. > Robin Wattie is the vocalist and one of two guitar players in the band Big|Brave and has toured all over North America and Europe. > Rolf-Carlos Klausener is the founding creative director of Arboretum Festival, an escapist music presenter and revelatory summer event in Ottawa, Canada.
Entering their 7th year, Arboretum presents groundbreaking Canadian and international artists, showcases sustainable food makers and growers, and presents in purpose-built event spaces in and around the city, from industrial islands to bucolic farmlands. Past artists include Mykki Blanco, Owen Pallet, Deerhoof, Junglepussy, Tim Hecker, and many more. He is also the singer/songwriter of the art-folk project The Acorn.