How to start touring with your band by Reyka from DVH A few words about yourself and your band?

I’m a music fanatic in Death Valley High. I sing, play guitar and synth, and I’m bent on all things laced with a dark side. When did you start touring with a band? Describe your first tour? Sick good or raw?

I’ve toured a lot in other bands but with Death Valley High, we didn’t start touring for a good number of years. The first tour that lasted longer than 3 days was for the magazine Alternative Revolt. We went through town after town playing to a decent crowd, or sometimes only playing to our touring mates SIMOOM. It was a good introduction to see if all the guys in the band could get along and acclimate to bad, or worse, nights. What did you learn about touring with your band? Is it to bring your damn toothbrush or the smell of your bandmates socks?

Every tour is a learning experience. Sometimes it’s what not to bring; or what not to drink; or what not to force. Touring is strenuous and can really take a toll if not pacing your antics; onstage or off. Learning how to keep that stiff upper lip when you’ve had a bad night is pretty vital. . Any advice for new bands starting to tour? Are there items that were necessary to bring, shit you must do, or spend more time on this then that before the tour?

Get your gear road-ready to set up and tear down quickly. Always get your live set popping like clockwork. That way, your performance exudes utter confidence, even when you’re underachieving by your own standards. Oh, plus clean underwear and a case of dry shampoo!

RockNRollB - Get Paid to Write - 970x250 Tell me about the most EPIC moment / tour you have had?

Seattle, WA was this amazing stop on the Mindless Self Indulgence tour where the crowd is just so selfless, it dives in with their heads first. From first note of our set to the end, until the end of the night, we had had the crowd completely rock our worlds. But having a shower on the road can be pretty epic! Is having a label crucial to tour or can you totally go DIY?

Having a label supporting you is incredible. I can see how bands can network in other cities and do the DIY thing. That whole “path less traveled” thing can get frustrating when you’ve barely made enough gas money to get to the next town. Having a label that believes in your output as much as you do, and wants to help you win the mindset of listeners who open up and buy things, is truly a win win. What is the most rewarding thing about touring with your band?

Hanging with your mates, traveling on the pirate ship bringing you to conquer new territories. Or at least “die” trying! Because you know… We’re *all* dying, in that Tibetan philosophy, Sylvia Plath sense!
Thank you so much for your time, You guys r da Best!

Reyka: Thank you! You rock for having us do this.
Death Valley High


Tour Dates for 2014:

10/4: Seattle, WA @ Kremwerk
10/5: Ashland, OR @ Club 66
10/6: Oakland, CA @ Leo’s Music Club
10/7: Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
10/11: Munster – Sputnikhalle, Germany
10/12: Koln – Underground, Germany
10/14: Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal, Germany
10/15: Nurnberg – Hirsch, Germany
10/16: Herisau – Pontem, Switzerland
10/17: Munchen – Backstage, Germany
10/18: Adelsheim – Live Factory, Germany
10/20: Wien – Viper Room, Austria
10/21: Prag – Nova Chmelnice, Czech Republic
10/22: Berlin – S036, Germany
10/23: Stuttgart – Universum, Germany
10/24: Bochum – Matrix, Germany
10/25: Kiel – Pumpe, Germany

11/16: Exeter @ The Cavern, UK
11/17: Swansea @ Static Bar, UK
11/18: London @ The Borderline, UK
11/19: Chester @ The Live Rooms, UK
11/20: Glasgow @ Audio, UK
11/21: Nuneaton @ Queens Hall, UK
11/22: TBA, UK
11/23: Bristol @ The Exchange, UK

Tour Dates in 2015:

15.01.2015 DE Frankfurt – Nachtleben
16.01.2015 DE Kaiserslautern – Cotton Club
17.01.2015 DE München – Backstage
18.01.2015 DE Nürnberg – Hirsch
20.01.2015 UK London – Barfly
21.01.2015 NL Amsterdam – Sugar Factory
22.01.2015 DE Berlin – Magnet
23.01.2015 DE Köln – Underground
24.01.2015 DE Hamburg – Logo
29.01.2015 DE Stuttgart – Zentral
30.01.2015 DE Osnabrück – Bastard
31.01.2015 DE Bochum – Matrix
01.02.2015 DE Leipzig – Moritzbastei
04.02.2015 AT Wien – Szene
06.02.2015 AT Wörgl – Komma
07.02.2015 AT Graz – Explosiv

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