Shubzilla and 1-Up Weigh in on The DJT
This summer, numerous members of the NPCC embarked on a two part two, aptly titled “The Day Job Tour” (or “DJT”). The tour was split into a West Coast and East Coast addition, the West Coast stint culminating in performances at Anime Expo in Los Angeles and the East Coast romp ending at Otakon in Baltimore. For a few of the participants, this was the first foray into the world of touring. The following series of blurbs, broken up into a few parts, will detail individual DJT accounts from various NPCCs. Here’s part two of three!
The Day Jobs Tour was the first time I got to tour anywhere. I appreciated the invitation to participate in it, but also to have my near and dear friends Kadesh Flow, EyeQ, Bill Beats with me.
When I was asked to be a part of the tour, I was surprised to be included. When Desh and I started planning, I didn’t feel confident in what I was doing with my music. Often, I would second guess myself whether it was booking a show or writing a song. It’s not a great place to be for anyone. These were feelings and thoughts that I worked thru and were able to put aside so we could work together to craft our tour route and the plans along the way.
Being on tour was the jump-start I needed for the road to creative recovery. There were four times where my friends and I performed as best as we could to audiences that didn’t know us. Those were four times where we gave our audiences a positive experience and a great show. Couple that with words of wisdom from Kadesh Flow, EyeQ, and Bill Beats, and it was what is fueling me to rise above the lows and continue to create with them and the rest of my NPC Collective family.
One learns as they go when it comes to touring – this was no exception! During our travels, we discussed on strategies for effective promotion and partnerships with other artists and venues. We can do all the research we want, but that face-to-face contact makes such a difference.
Other things that I have learned:
- I need to give myself more credit about the work I put in and the talents I have.
- There are plenty ways to promo that we must tackle next time! There’s flyering and postering, but also getting our singles out to radio stations and podcasts so folks know where we are.
- I want to offer more merch.
- Pack lighter.
- Save (A LITTLE!) of my money for In-N-Out Burgers and Marie Calendar’s. We don’t have that here in Seattle.
- I must do a few collab tracks with my tourmates so we can vary up what we do and get each other on stage more.
- (This is more of a reminder of the obvious than it is something I learned) I am surrounded by incredibly talented people.
- Apparently, every Shubzilla set is leg day.
Soooooo where do I even start!?
This could also be labeled the “Tour where everyone has something bad happen to them.”
In all honesty though it’s a true testament to our bond as the NPCC. Regardless of all of the crappy stuff that happened to each of us individually (Flights delayed, laptops dying, questionably racist staff,lol) we never lost our cool or stopped having a good time!
I flew out directly from work and my laptop died, so I ended up using Eye-Q’s laptop most of the weekend (thanks brothaman). The tour was a ton of fun, it reminded me of those times you take kind of long road trips with your family for like 3-4 hours at a time. We played in NYC, Baltimore and DC, and since I can stay awake for a million hours at a time I did most of the driving which was hilarious because Chris would randomly have conversations with us in his sleep.
Otakon was literally the craziest and most fun / busy con I’ve ever attended. I specifically need to shout out ALL OF THE WORKERS there, seriously the joy that people had being there was contagious and made it so fun to hang out with them and chat whenever we got the opportunity. Thanks to Vince for booking us for the Matsuri – literal insanity. The crowds were so fun and they participated every time we asked them to… I know sometimes it’s like “Yo… I came to watch you perform and you’re asking me to help you perform?” but not in this case 🙂
Got to spend some time picking the brains of some really awesome people… For instance: Lotus Juice gave me some tips on a mobile production program, Diana Garnet opened me to the world of VIS manga readers and this really amazing fellow named Shin… well you just have to meet him because your mind will be blown at the awesomeness that flows from the man’s brain. I also spent a lot of time doing interviews and meeting people who were just there to enjoy their Otakon
Our New York and DC shows were in more intimate venues which I actually really like. In those scenarios I can get right up in your face with the creepy eyebrow look while I’m doing Corny Pick Up Lines, and there is no retreat…
But also finally got to do a show with Wreck The System and just chill with them which we don’t get to do a lot of! One of my favorite things about doing music is getting to interact with people I know virtually and just getting to know them in person a little bit more each time.
It was all a whirlwind of a weekend, but 10/10 would do again if given the opportunity. The only thing I wish I would have done was stayed a little bit later or maybe an extra day (I did rectify with PAX after learning my lesson the hard way.)
All I know is #NPCCFAM we always have the best of times.