Good pre-production is arguably the most critical element of a solid tour.
Before the run even starts, pre-production will typically have an entire team dedicated to sorting out all the small details that allow a cohesive show to come together – everything from painstakingly evaluating every technical detail of venues, from hang-points to weight restrictions, thorough testing of all lighting, video and sound, designing and building all the software and hardware that allows a custom show of this caliber to run successfully without unintentional glitches…I could go on for days, it all adds up, and if it doesn’t all add up, there are sure to be major issues when you least want them.
So the below picture is our rehearsal space at the DPS warehouse in LA. DPS provides our lighting and has a massive warehouse with space enough to fly all of our lighting and video, as well as build the blade and run the show through as many times as we can before we run out of steam, time or sanity – whichever comes first.
Of course, pre-production is also invaluable for sorting out the most important details of the run, such as “Do we have a custom road-case with an Xbox 360 + monitor as well as a safe for our belongings?”
The answer, of course, is a resounding Yes.
On this run we had the honor of doing two shows with Chromeo, at The Greek in Berkeley, and Santa Barbara Bowl in SoCal. Their audio crew had a roadcase built specifically for a full espresso machine; I forgot to grab a picture, probably because I was too hopped up on caffeine to steadily hold a camera. But, those were two of the most fun shows we’ve had on this run, due in part to the stunning aesthetics of both venues:
We also played an incredible festival at The Gorge in George, Washington. It’s called Sasquatch –
And I Highly recommend checking it out, as the view is simply stunning:
We couldn’t have asked for a better crowd reaction to the show – they went absolutely nuts for the new songs in our set! Speaking of which, The Glitch Mob just released a new EP featuring these new songs – check it out!
One of the best parts of touring are your days off. They are few and far between, and usually all you want to do is sleep through the entire day, but I always try to find time to write music in these periods.
Historically it’s been pretty hard to make good music in hotel rooms, but I’ve been using the Sub Pac and GOD DAMN. It’s like having a festival subwoofer strapped to your back, and because it responds in the same way as a real sub, giving the psycho-acoustic impression that you’re standing in front of one, it’s both extremely gratifying and stupidly fun to write music with (not to mention it won’t piss off the neighbors). It’s especially good for dialing in the relationship between your kick drum and sub bass. All I need is my macbook, a MIDI keyboard, small portable speaker and the Sub Pac and I am good to go.
Technically the below photo wasn’t taken on a day off, there is actually a bowling alley in the VIP area of one of the venues we played. For sure, a fun way to connect with the crew and band outside of work. Boreta specifically was slaying pins like ancient enemies. Maybe something to do with his super strength?