Every musician has a “first tour”.
Mine came at the end of 2015.
A Volkswagen van full of energized and ready-for-anything musicians, an engineer, an agent, and a photographer. I mean, we went large. I thought to myself … this one is going to count. Hereafter, the gentle flirting begins.
With some radical planning, we decided to give the tour a little twist and called it the “BIANCA WOOD STUDIO TOUR”. We visited 10 towns, performed 8 shows (probably a couple more), and collaborated with 6 studios.
A few passionate and generous studio owners and engineers got on board with this project and we spent a day in each of their studios. We got to know them, spoke about the life of music and where they fit into this wild industry.
It was inspiring to hear their stories – some had many and some have just begun their journeys too. At the end of every “studio” day we walked out with a recording and video to share with you.
We experienced the “first tour” that every musician does in a concentrated mixture of “hectic” … from vehicle swapping to sun-tortured-gear maintenance and sleep deprivation of note. I can truly say, that when you immerse yourself into the music and the purpose of what you’re doing – anything and everything is worth it. The ice is broken, my machine is oiled, and I cannot wait to hit the road again.
I must say, the man to thank is Denzil de Klerk, the tour’s booking agent and at times a dedicated “roadie”, who ensured the general smooth running of the tour. And of course, all the studio owners and engineers – I’m glad we have been introduced and are at the start of relationships with some.
Then, the videos are the work of Niamh Walsh-Vorster. She, too, got on board passionate about the project and photography, with nothing to lose, and ensured a great visual diary of what went down.
The rest of the team: Thabo Kunutu (hands on) and Justin Ginger (from a distance)… two formidable engineers; the musos: James Lombard, FH Joubert, and Luke Otto – they are men of steel and heart.
Finally, everyone who joined us at the live performances (these of course, my highlight). Being able to share music and energy in real time is truly magical – every time … regardless of technical difficulties or squinting directly into the sun. I’m glad we’re getting to know each other. The audiences met on this tour have imprinted on my heart.
THANK YOU EVERYONE – looking forward to a packed and uninhabited 2016!