It’s been quite a colourful few years with a lot of hard work, with a lot of excitement, a lot of purpose, perspective-opening and a lot of fun really. If it wasn’t fun, I don’t think I would be running this fast still.
I can remember every part of it by outfits. Right now I’m going through my storage unit that houses all of my clothes and costumes from 2007-2011. I’m having a lot of flashbacks and nostalgia.
This tour is another big challenge for me. I always like to continually challenge myself and raise my goal mark up. We are in the thick of rehearsal right now, and I’m really quite proud as we have rehearsed more for this tour than any tour before or anything we have ever done.
I’m 50% ready. I go in quarter blocks so I’ll be close to the 75% mark very soon, but I’m very excited to be kicking off in the UK because the audience there, the fans... their energy is wild and that is what I want for the first shows.
I’m bringing most of the same crew from the last California Dreams tour. I’m quite loyal and if I find a good person, I keep them forever!
I’ve got an incredible travelling circus that I like to make incredible memories with. I’ve kind of routed this tour like an old rock group that has a family and kids and a hip problem.
I’m an adventure junkie when I’m on tour. The tour is massive but it really is just a road trip in disguise.
I think it’s so impersonal that when you get on that stage the only thing you can say is: “Hello Newcastle…” I mean, what about Newcastle? I will be in Newcastle so I should know exactly what Newcastle is like, what’s the coolest pub, where the best fish ‘n’ chips are. I like to go out and find out that stuff.
A tour is the fruits of your labour - it’s the evidence of all the hard work right then and there.
We always bring bikes on tour and cycle all around to find the best parks. In the UK, there are some beautiful old historic parks. I’m so into history and so into culture – I dive right into that stuff.
Sometimes when we go bike riding the day before or the morning of a show, we take some tickets and stop along the way in coffee shops and places and give them away, secretly - but I wear a hat and sunglasses so you don’t really know that it’s me!
The writing and making of a record is exciting, but it’s also like you are sitting on a golden egg - you can’t really show off this golden egg as it’s not ready to hatch yet, but you do get this inner confidence when you go about your day like, “I’ve got something brewing, I’ve got something coming, it’s very exciting”.
I only really know how to write in my voice and what I’ve gone through, and my life journey is what I draw inspiration from.
Being an observer, being present, watching and listening, which includes my own thoughts... when I’m doing that, I grab little creative nuggets that happen to flow into my mind.
I think that people relate to the vulnerability and honesty I try to bring into the songs, but some aren’t that deep - some are just for going
Roar has been really much bigger than I ever could have dreamed, and I get a lot of incredible stories from that.
Kids really like By The Grace of God as I’ve heard that it helps kids feel as if they aren’t so alone in whatever situation they are going through.
There are 100 dates on this tour and it takes me to summer 2015 and beyond that... I cannot plan any further because I need some spontaneity in my life!