Being a girl on tour with a bunch of guys is… different. We caught up with Melissa from June Divided to talk about her experiences doing just that! Check it out!
I was taken aback a little when I saw the blog topic “Girl on the Road”. Maybe at first I was uncomfortable because I didn’t see the big deal or why it was worth writing about. (I have a habit of getting a little defensive whenever my gender is dragged into an interview, since it happens a lot.) But then I realized: the natural dynamics between men and women living together are actually just too funny not to write about. I always say I feel like I’m stuck in an (awesome) sitcom so I’m stoked that Naked Magazine gave me the chance to tell all.
I am totally not kissing ass when I say that I have the 3 best people in the world for bandmates. When I’m nervous, they pump me up. When I’m down, they stay positive. When I feel like I look like crap before a show, they always tell me I look beautiful. Each one of them works their ass off for the band and has the patience of a saint. Those three guys are gentlemen and scholars, if I do say so myself.
Aside from the gentlemen stuff, man they love farts. Well, two out of the three of them are pretty flatulent. (I’ll be a lady and not name the guilty party, but you can take a guess.) But you know what? I think it’s hilarious. Some of the time, it gets so gross that I’m tearing up from a combination of laughter and the foulest smell ever produced by a living thing. But laughter like that is totally worth it. We have a blast (farts or no farts- I swear it’s not always farts), and tour life is always turned into one crazy adventure after another. And when I need to be a girl, it’s not a big deal. I just keep up on fashion and beauty blogs, or go shopping with my mom.
But honestly, I usually forget there’s a mixed-gender dynamic with us in first place. Like I said, I usually don’t find the difference that relevant, and it definitely doesn’t have anything to do with the music we make as a band. At the end of the day we’re all just people and I’m lucky enough to make music with the most talented, amazing people I know. Well I think they’re people. Sometimes though, I secretly wonder if they’re actually superheroes, cleverly disguised as musicians, and tour from city to city fighting crime between shows. How else could they lift all of our heavy equipment before a performance and still manage to rock so hard on stage? Must be superheroes.