I think that part of maintaining an active career as a musician - especially on foot in New York City day in and day out - is having the apporpriate tool kit with me at all times. This way, I'm really prepared for anything.
By way of reference, I work the following jobs on a weekly basis between late August and late June each year:
Obviously this is quite a lot for a single person to handle, but, believe it or not, it's rather common for a musician who is "in demand" by the textbook definition. Survival as a full-time musician involves many things. Perhaps the most important ones are:
Note: I am in the process of posting a 26-part series on "The Healthy Musician," in which I elaborate much more on the topics above.
The term "Every Day Carry" is definitely a trend on the internet and there are whole blogs entirely devoted to this, such as everdaycarry.com
Google defines "Everyday Carry" as "referrring to items that are carried on a consistent basis to assist in dealing with normal everyday needs of modern western society, including possible emergency situations."
I thought it would be fun to show you what I carry with me every day and how I organize myself so that I can do my very best in my work. Let's start with the bag itself...
Now, I confess, I am a sucker for bags. I have far too many of them. I'm sort of like a lady with lots of handbags. I have different ones in different sizes and styles, meant to be used for different purposes and different times. What I am focusing on here is the day-to-day bag - my "go to" bag for essentials, if you will.
I use the APERA Locker Pack in Graphite (shown here) as the base of my EDC.
The main reasons I love this bag are:
What I carry inside of the bag:
I have found that with this stuff on me at all times during the regular work week, I am prepared for anything. I hope that you've found this article helpful. I had a lot of fun writing it for you. Please reach out to me with any questions or suggestions!