Shaggy wrote:I don't drink or smoke at all. Even before a gig....it's just not my thing. However, before a gig I make sure I eat a good meal and have a Gatorade or two. Then I make sure that I have plenty of water during the gig. Stay hydrated.
Wow. That's exactly what I do too. Food, gatorade and plenty of water.
No alcohol. I get dehydrated way too much even with just one drink before hand.
I don't smoke pot anymore, but when I did I used to love playing drums BY MYSELF when I was stoned. With other people I THOUGHT my playing was good, but after listening to recorded jams the next day, they sounded like shit.
It's really up to what you can handle, and you're being honest with yourself too. Don't convince yourself you play better under the influence if you really don't, just so you can enjoy the buzz.