Johnny Goudie: Sleep Is Key

Published On December 17, 2013 | November/December 2013

I’ve been a performing musician for 30 years. I have been in bands including Mr. Rocket Baby, Goudie, Endochine and Ian Moore. I’ve also worked on various solo projects and been a member of the Good Times Juggernaut and SKYROCKET! for the last 11 years.

How do you stay healthy on the road or when playing multiple shows?
My main thing is sleep. As long as I get enough sleep my voice stays in shape. If not, it starts to fall apart. Also, I try to stay out of loud places. They make me talk louder, and sometimes that hurts my voice.

How do you keep your throat healthy, both temporarily and long term?
I try to exercise every day. I find that cardio keeps my breathing deep. Breathing right while singing helps my voice a lot. Exercising makes the breathing better, which in turn helps me sing on stage.

What’s your routine on the road, in a general sense?
It all depends on the day. I usually try to go for a run, make sure I eat and get enough rest.

What kind of things make it difficult to stay healthy as a musician?
Late nights/early mornings, drinking, touching strangers and getting germs, weather changes, bad sleep and much, much more.

What are your specific ailments?
I suffer from allergies, often. Also, if I don’t stretch, my shoulder can get painful.

What kind of medical issues related to your profession do you have to visit a doctor for?
I have had to go to sports medicine specialists about my shoulder issues, but I haven’t had any problems for a year and a half because of my stretching routine.

What illness/health complications do you struggle with the most?
Allergies, but I have it under control with medicine.

Besides throat issues, what other health related bodily ailments do you suffer from as a result of your profession?
As I said my shoulder, but that hasn’t been a problem for a while.

Is there anything you would like to add?
Exercise, sleep well, eat well and don’t talk in loud places.

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