It’s really difficult to control your schedule and your environment, and it can be hard to stay in peak condition whilst travelling and touring.
Denosh Bennett is a singer and dancer who has performed alongside mega stars like Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliot and Jay-Z.
She has learned the hard way how travelling and touring impacts the voice so we asked her how she keeps her voice in check with such a packed diary.
Travelling takes its toll
I have travelled a lot with a tight schedule which has caused a lot of fatigue and stress, and unfortunately led me to suffer from major vocal haemorrhages.
I am very adamant about my vocal warm ups and vocal care now as a result. That is the one good thing to come out of my injuries.
Now my voice is really healthy and I don’t have any problems or feel exhausted after shows. I now completely understand my voice and how to get it to work properly.
8 Touring essentials
In order to maintain this health, I make sure I put into place the following things to protect my voice when travelling:
1. I have a mouth mask that I travel with. It’s black and looks like Bane, the character from Batman! I bought it from Amazon to protect against the elements, particularly during flights.
2. I have a saline nebuliser. Besides steaming, it really keeps my voice hydrated.
3. I always carry a pack of drinking straws in my handbag so I can keep my voice warmed up and agile by humming through them.
4. On long haul flights, I have to compensate for fluid loss by drinking lots of water to stay hydrated.
5. I make sure I avoid alcohol, particularly the night before gigs. I limit alcohol in general.
6. I try to maintain a good diet. I avoid eating acidic things before shows – at least a couple of hours to make sure my food is digested.
7. I always have a little pack of Grether’s Pastilles to keep my throat feeling lubricated.
8. The biggest challenge is finding time to rest! I avoid going out late or being in smoky environments. Sometimes I just can’t be as included in that sort of stuff. I might go out for a little bit but leave and then compensate for beating my voice up!
Very few performers have as impressive, extensive, and broad a resume as Denosh Bennett: with a two-decade career in entertainment, she is an accomplished, versatile, and highly sought-after singer and dancer who has mastered every aspect of the live performance, making her an invaluable asset to any artist and tour. As artistic director she is the go-to expert and one-stop-shop, to turn a good show into a great one. www.denoshbennett.com