Another ‘Tour Day In The Life Of…’ feature and this time it comes from Linda Buratto who is currently touring with Kate Nash.
It’s an Early Morning for the Kate Nash Band Members
8am – First alarm clock in the room goes off. (insert annoying iPhone alarm clock sound). By 8.30am, three or four alarm clocks including snoozes have gone off to wake everyone up. As Emma is hitting the shower, Fern and I wake up fighting our sleepy souls and pack up our bags for the day whilst waiting for our turn to shower.
10am – Lobby Call. We meet downstairs with the tour manager Sam and we start making our way from New Jersey to Manhattan. In classic NJ/NYC taxi driver fashion, he drives us to completely the wrong place and after a difficult interaction in ‘Spanglish’ we eventually get to the right address only to find out that the location of the office has changed and that the other location is shut down at that time anyway.
11am – We then make our way back to Kate’s hotel midtown and the four of us get lunch in a nice random American-Irish pub.
1pm – Once we finish lunch the girls decide to make their way to the venue by foot and I decide to join them on a tourist mission down to Broadway and Times Square. We then meet up again with Sam at the hotel to go to the online streaming location where Kate is meeting us for the interview/performance in an hour and a half.
2.30pm – I meet the tour manager at the hotel and we gather guitars and my pedalboard from the hotel room and make our way Downtown to LiveStream studio. Surprise! Surprise! Once again the taxi driver misunderstands our destination and gets us stuck in NYC traffic.
Kate Nash Live Streaming Session
3pm – We eventually arrive at the studio location. The building features a massive fierce Google sign in the main hall. After checking our ID’s, we are allowed inside the building and after wondering lost for a few minutes in the maze of hallways, we hit the LiveStream.com offices. The view and the vibe in the place are pretty awesome. Sam and I finally meet up with Kate, her PA, her manager and her make-up guy in the office’s kitchen next to the live room. After exchanging a few quick few words and laughter, Sam and I proceed to the studio to meet the guys from the LiveStream’s crew and set up our gear. That is electric guitar, pedal board and loop station for me, microphone and acoustic guitar for Kate.
4pm – After a quick and successful sound check we go back into the kitchen. Whilst Kate and I briefly discuss a setlist of five songs, Colby, the make-up guy, does not fail to entertain us with classic hair & make-up joyous humour! Ten minutes before air time we make our way to the studio, do a quick line check and set up in our positions.
4.30pm – The streaming kicks off with ‘You’re So Cool, I’m So Freaky’ with only Kate on guitar and vocals and with a few technical issues that eventually got fixed behind the scenes. The rest of the session consists of a Q&A and playing the rest of the songs. Although we were initially unsure about how to approach the situation, once we had warmed up a bit, the session was funny and entertaining for us as well as for the rest of the people watching (hopefully). As weird as it might sound, gigs and sessions that are streamed online usually make you feel really close to the audience as the performers can see their questions and comments. (Watch the Live Stream here)
5.30pm –The session is wrapped up by playing ’3AM’, the latest single from Kate’s new album ‘Girl Talk‘ followed up by goodbyes and a few pictures. We quickly make our way out of the building where two cars are waiting for us to drive to Webster Hall Studio, where the rest of the band and crew are setting up and getting ready to soundcheck. Outside Webster Hall there are already a few fans queuing up that all jump around as Kate gets out the car and says hello to them.
Arriving at the Venue
6.30pm – We enter the venue, which I remember from being in the audience the year before and the room is small, sweaty and grungy… the way we like it! There are way more people than we are normally used to who are running around setting up cameras and lights around the venue for the live stream of the gig on MTVHive. We leave our stuff on the floor and I go on stage to help Kris, our tech, to set up my guitar and pedal board. Soundcheck is quick as we are running to a tight schedule. The stage is really small which made it really hard to set up a balanced level on stage. There is only so much we can do to get all the instruments through our monitors. After soundcheck a few of us, armed with food vouchers for the place next door, venture out to look for some food.
7.00pm – We grab take out dinner and go back to the venue where the doors have been open for a bit and the support band SuperCute are ready to rock up on stage.
8.00pm – With the dressing room next to the stage SuperCute end up providing our pre-gig soundtrack. SuperCute are the coolest teenage girls that I have ever met and the way they are so artistic, cool and chilled in the way they approach life is totally refreshing. They play the last song and we jump along to it to get some energy and momentum going. Eventually all the boys in the room are kicked out during ‘change over’ and we put our stage clothes on, while Kate decides her outfit for the night. Usually the decision is based upon mood and venue vibes. Tonight we are wearing the ‘Hearts T-shirt’ whilst Kate is going for a 70s floaty and groovy orange dress. We are ready to kick it and rock it.
8.35pm – Ten minutes to stage time. We are all ready to go. Danny, the sound guy comes in and we all gather in a circle, put our hands in the middle and start cheering “boom, boom, boom”. We end the cheer on a massive “BOOM”, and there we are: ready to release the beast.
Time to Rock Out On Stage
8.45pm – It is only us girls left in the dressing room. We are joined by a girl from the MTV crew, ready to tell us when the show will begin. We all high-five each other and as per tradition we dedicate the show to something. Tonight’s show is for ‘the girl gang’. The intro song is now playing and we individually make our way on stage.
9.30pm – The gig goes perfectly and everything falls into place song after song. It is now the second to last gig of this American Tour so the set is sounding pretty tight. Being in New York and filmed by MTV definitely helps to motivate all of us into rocking every single bone. I recognise some of the fans in the front rows from past shows around the East Coast and some of them even remember my name and say hi. Legends. Seeing people so loyal and dedicated to the music you are playing definitely makes you even surer that what you do is meaningful and relevant to them. Having some extra time available, Kate adds a song to the set towards the end and we finally seal the gig head banging to ‘Underestimate the Girl’ (I try not to think of goats now when I play that song). (Watch the MTVHive Video Here)
10pm – Twenty minutes after the end of the show Kate goes and greets fans at the merchandise stand as we start loading out the stage and the venue. I go and briefly meet some family friends that surprised me at the gig. This couple have known me all my life, so it felt really comforting and joyous having them in the audience watching what I’m doing. After saying goodbye to them I join everyone helping with the last bits of the packing up. Whilst we wait for the van we all gather in the dressing room, have a few drinks, laugh and unanimously decide to join Kate at the aftershow party that she has already made her way to.
Now for the After Gig Party
11pm – We load the van and drive to the hotel to leave some bags. Later on, a cab drives us downtown to the hotel where the party is. We are welcomed by an excited SuperCute, Kate and a not-so-excited bouncer that has to prove he has got testosterone by being particularly annoying with us about IDs.
12am – We eventually make it into this surreal scenario: the party is in a penthouse in some cool hotel in Manhattan with views all over the city. It took a few minutes for me and the other two girls in the band to actually realise where the hell we were, we then take our table that the PR company has sorted out for us and start enjoying the music and the night. With one more gig to go, we are starting to feel the end of tour approaching so the night is filled with more and more happy, emotional and appreciative chats as our drinks are refilled.
4.30am – Even though the party is still going, we have a full scheduled day ahead of us, so we leave the party and finally get to our over-night destination. The girls return to the hotel in New Jersey to check out from the hotel in the morning whilst I make my way to somewhere in the Village where a friend of mine from high school kindly lent me his apartment for a couple of days.
9am – *Annoying iPhone alarm* snooze *Annoying iPhone alarm* snooze *Phone Ringtone*
Emma: “Dawg are you awake?” – “Yea Dawg, I’ll see you in an hour.”
I get up, it is the beginning of sunny spring day in the Big Apple and we are about to rock it for the third night in a row before flying back home. BOOM.
Linda Buratto is an Italian guitarist. She is presently touring with Kate Nash promoting Kate’s third album ‘Girl Talk’. Linda has also recently been working on Sam Duckworth’s latest album and developing her own project Echo Boom Generation. You can follow Linda on twitter @lindaburatto.
Photos: Michael Dubin and Tainah Costa