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Dealing With setbacks

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There will always be something that will go wrong. Take a listen and find out the best way to prepare, deal, and thrive through such eventualities.
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given that you're always on the move. As a musician, you're touring, you're playing new stages, new venues, new speakers, uh, new people new, you know, sound engineers and stuff. Zach, could you could you walk me through? You know, some of the stuff that goes wrong during during this. Oh, man, let me tell you, there is always something. How do you kind of play, You know, play on and let it roll off your shoulder and not throw you off for the night. Yeah, man, I think, Yeah, that's that's really the name of the game is like, your adaptability is something that really gets exercised on a tour, especially because every night that we go to a new place, we're dealing with mhm the dynamics of a new room. We're dealing with the dynamics of different sound equipment that the house provides in a different sound technician that has a a taste and an ear for the music that were maybe not used to, um or they're just like there's places that just were never meant to have gigs through their, uh, we had this this one gig in Plaster Ville. I can think of where it was like a Roadhouse bar. It was like a biker bar. And they had a p ahead, but no cables. And they were like, you guys brought all the cables, right? We're like, uh, so you know, we called in a bunch of favors. We called some friends from around there. They brought cables, we got that hooked up, and we get things rolling. It sounds okay. You know, it's not the best mix, but it'll work, you know? And then, um, halfway through a song, someone bumps into a light switch on that light switch was rigged to the p A system, everything. We just go dead. It's just like drums. Yeah, yeah, but I mean, there's the amps are still working, and the drums are still making noise. But all the mics are gone, the mains are gone. So you know what? What do you do? I mean, I just turned to my band and I said, Keep playing, you know, just keep vamping on this thing, And then I'll figure this out and I hop off stage. I go find the light switch that I'm like, flickering lights through while they're vamping. And then I find the one that is rigged. The Pia it flips on, it goes and everything is back. And then, you know, you have to just take it in stride, roll up back to the stage like nothing ever happened and kill it, you know, just, like sing as you know, with passion and just pretend that nothing ever happened. Well, that's really like That's really the tour like That's your That's your gift on tour. And the thing that you have to really bear in mind is just like, dude, roll with it, just roll with it. You know, it's never going to be perfect, but you can always make it fun and you can always. If something comes comes around and goes awry, you can always have an epic comeback. You know I love that mentality. Broadcast feedback. Yeah, yeah. Redwood Curtain show that the audience with a bunch of feedback are the sound. Guy decided that everything was hooked up wrong, so he unhooked it in the middle of the tune or something and turn the sound system back on. Really, What was happening was, I don't know. It was just so much feedback. We had to shut the system down, Stop the show and take 20 minutes to rewire. People were like holding their ears because it was just the most noise coming. Luckily, that time we had an extra p ahead of the actual the brain, the unit. And so we just tossed over the old one and put on the new one and re leveled everything really, really quick. But then the rest of the show Dude, the rest of the show was amazing. It was a packed house like you couldn't you couldn't stand in their people on the stairs behind us looking down on us. It was like so the It was like, the worst thing that could have happened, but because we just thought on our feet and came back with it with enthusiasm. I think that that spoke even louder to people that we weren't swayed by some bullshit that happened. Uh, we got the hell down, man. It was fucking It was so cool. Yeah, that's like something that we all agree upon. It's like, no matter what, we need to maintain this experience because as music lovers, we've gone to shows. We know what, like as an audience member, it can be like, you know. So we realized that, like, you know, were there to provide something to the people that are out there to see us. And so we just all agree that no matter what kind of shit we may be given, like whatever the problem is, you know, whatever the twist and turn is, we just know that we still are there to do something that you know we love to do. And people love to see us stealing. So we we all know that we just once we're up there and we're in it and we're doing it no matter what, it's just we just maintain that positivity. We maintain the groove, and we just enjoy ourselves. And, you know, maybe later that night, when we're in the van heading home or something, we can decompress and be like what the fuck happened out there? But, uh, you know, a lot of the time, it's really hard to face us and to make us not enjoy what we're doing still, and people pick up on that, you know, when we get a lot of feedback about that, is that they really see that we enjoy it. You know, and that allows them to. And so it's hard to It's hard to steer us or a you know, it takes a real train wreck that we haven't even experienced and hopefully never will to really take out that group from us.