Voices Of The Underground is a series that seeks to explore one question from many different angles. Every week, we will ask one question of many of your favorite music artists. We will post their responses below, and what you will find is that there is never truly one answer to every question, but instead a whole world of ideas that come from simple matters of taste, to deep held beliefs. Our hope is that through this series you are able to see past the promo pictures and the stage persona, and get to know the hearts of believers who are creating music every day.
Need to catch up?
Read Pt.1-What do you love about music?
Read Pt.2- What was your first musical experience?
Read Pt.3-What is your favorite/ultimate song?
Read Pt.4-What is the best live show you have ever seen?
Read Pt.5-If you hadn’t gotten into music, what would see yourself doing as a job?
Read Pt.6-Who is Jesus Christ to you?
Read Pt.7-What is Christian music?
Read Pt.8- The facets of the Christian music?
Read Pt.9-Can art/music not have a message behind it?
As a believer, especially if your are a touring musician, how do you keep yourself accountable in your out on the road?
I’ve learned that there is no accountability deeper than God and yourself. It might sound wrong, but no matter how many accountability groups you have, or internet protections, you and God are the only ones who really know what is going on.
We keep each other accountable as a band the best we can, on and off the bus. We don’t always get to go to church on the road, so I download Joyce Meyer vodcasts to watch on my iPod on planes,etc. It’s called “Everyday Life”, they’re amazing.
I learned the hard way from when I first started touring with my hardcore band, TOURING IS ROUGH. I believe its best to keep in touch with a mentor on the road and if you are blessed enough with someone to have on the road, even better. Pray daily for wisdom and strength to be an example.
Being completely honest, I am terrible with staying on path. Since we are on the road all the time, we never go to church, and it’s so hard to read the bible, I know that He died for me, and I can’t even motivate myself to read is terrible of me, but I try. Being in this band is hard because we tour with a lot of secular bands and we get caught up in the world. Personally, I keep in touch with my Pastor Brandon back home and he always keeps me in line.
Sometimes it can be hard to stay diligent in your walk or study while on tour. Everything is just crazy all the time, and it sometimes seems hard to find time. However, we have learned that when we are all focused on tour, the tours always seem to go much better, so I think it is very important.
Well, being that we’re only out for a couple days at a time, I wouldn’t really consider that touring. But in general, the guys in the band are some of my best friends and my fellow brothers in Christ. That’s one of the best ways to maintain accountability. Those relationships are really important.
All of us guys in the band are pretty close. We all get together each night to pray together as well – so that keeps us somewhat accountable. We always make time to openly share our struggles before most gigs. This helps to keep us pretty open. Also, we are often-times playing at events where there is a pastor or youth pastor present. We most of the time get together with these guys before the service to pray – so there is always time to be open with each other…
This is the hardest part about being on the road. You can’t keep yourself accountable, you need others, at least I do. When you are on the road you are constantly pouring out, talking to kids, praying with people, sharing your heart, but its hard to find that community you have back home to pour back into you. The guys and I read scripture together and stay open and honest with what’s going on in our lives. I also have people back home that keep me accountable and pray for me a lot.
Really I don’t go to any of the guys and tell them what I’ve been feeling, I don’t think they need to know that. They know I’m a sinner and I know they’re a sinner. We are believers but we still fall short. I’ve always heard of accountability partners and what not. I think that they are great and really help people that struggle with some heavy issues. But when we are on the road my main goal is to meet and show love to every person I meet. That means the guys in the band too.
Through each other, as well as various friends across the country that will call us and ask us tough questions. Accountability is the key to being focused and still have the ability to build sincere relationships.
We don’t really tour, so it’s not so much a struggle for us. That said, when I’m traveling (which I do kind of often) I typically make an effort to at least get to church every Sunday. While I don’t think missing church means you’re less Christian, I do think plugging in (even if for a single day) with others who share your faith from elsewhere in the country/world can have a really uplifting impact.
Maybe it is because of the company I keep when we travel around, or the kind of people who come to see us, but I’ve never found that I have more opportunities (or desires) to beat people up, steal things, or hump strangers than I do when I am not on tour. I’ve never had to worry about it, which I’m grateful for.
Well, my husband learned a little bit of this lesson while out on the road last year, and I think he won’t mind if I speak for him, since I don’t have any personal experience touring.
He found it very difficult to be away from his family, for one thing. But to also be constantly away from his church and the fellowship of a family of believers was almost as hard. I bet there are bands who hold each other accountable, and that would be the wisest thing for the members of a band to do.
It is even better for the bands to have their families with them, like Nathan Clark George. Or play music with your family, like Eisley. Or, if you’re really brave , tour with your spouse, like Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken (sp?) often do.
As evidenced by too many broken marriages in the Christian music industry, it is impossible to go it alone while on the road.
I actually feel that when I’m on the road I am closer to bring the kind of person I want to be. I have so many awesome opportunities to speak to people and touch peoples lives, and since I am uprooted from my life at home, I don’t just fall into the day in day out routine. However I do suck most of the time, and living in a van with 5 other dudes is the best way to be accountable on the road, as well as being in a scripturally sound mindset and being positive. Lots of prayer!