It’s been a long time since my last blog, well over a year in fact. Within that time a lot has happened on and off the road in the realms of Purple Tour Management.
2014 was a hard year for things outside of touring and just recently I was reminded through a particular song of how back in 2006 having a touring life as a full time career seemed a dream away. After hearing music from Mindless Self Indulgence (MSI) this past few days though, I reminded myself of when I used to work for Kerrang Radio and was working a MSI show in Birmingham. I remember telling myself that being within the music world was the only place for me, and that I would keep the determination and motivation going to achieve this. It’s been hard, there have been times where I’ve wanted to give up, times where I’ve not felt strong enough to survive in this ruthless industry, but then I realise that this is where I am meant to be. The touring life IS for me. I live it and breathe it. I crave touring and being in that environment, and because of this I put 110% into every tour I am involved in. With every tour I get better from implementing new skills and knowledge gained from previous tours. I’m always at my happiest when I’m on tour and the touring environment feels so natural to me. Being on tour makes me even more determined to succeed in this industry and work with numerous bands helping them to get the best out of their tour.
Last year I felt that I definitely improved. Even the smallest details can make the biggest difference and create a more organised tour and happier band. I managed to invest in a new tour printer which now enables me to continue working successfully whilst travelling, along with producing documents at a moments notice like merchandise declarations for boarder crossings, and also being able to scan and copy documents. Overall, just having a tour printer makes myself feel more organised and thus makes the tour more organised.
Along with the printer I also invested in a lot of new merchandise equipment including two 3-fold display boards, ratchet clamps and black table display cloths. All of these items make the merchandise displays a lot more attractive, organised, and inviting for fans who desire to buy merch. The boards are fantastic and makes setting up much quicker and generally creates a professional looking display. I would recommend all bands investing in these!
2014 enabled me to continue working with bands already on my client list, but also opened up the opportunity for me to work with some new bands. I had the pleasure of working for some Swedish bands including Deals Death, Thundermother, and the mighty Avatar. In addition to these shows I was able to tour with Arkona and Skalmold, from Russia and Iceland respectively, on the Eluveitie Origins Tour. I thoroughly enjoyed working with some different bands, and it was such a success that I joined Skalmold on the second part of the Eluveitie Origins Tour in February of this year.
So, 2015! The touring began on January 2nd in Gothenburg for me as I was the merchandiser for Gothenburg Sound Festival for all of the bands. This was a lot of fun, and as always, great to work with a range of different bands and also be a part of the festival. January also marked the ‘end of an era’ for my time with Dead by April. After three fantastic years with the band the time had come for me to take a break from working with Dead by April to enable me to focus on working with other bands, and develop my knowledge and skills by touring with different people and learn from other Tour Managers. I wish the band all of the luck in the world as they deserve every success, and if the circumstances are right in the future we may work together again.
2015 is the start of many new things surrounding Purple Tour Management. In the next few months I will be launching a new service, and from July onwards I will be out touring until the end of the year with some BIG announcements to be made along the way. All will be revealed very soon, but the future of Purple Tour Management is looking very positive and the next level is in sight!