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When you hear the term "road warrior" what comes to mind? Bad airport food and efficiently packed rolling bags? Stale hotels and conference rooms? We've teamed up with Culture Collide to challenge the idea that all business travelers wear suits - and chat with emerging musicians about their life on the road.Oakland's Melina Duterte is the mastermind behind Jay Som, a solo DIY bedroom recording project that has emerged as a full-fledged band with fans around the world. Sincere, guitar-driven songs with lingering melodic hooks led to Jay Som's debut album release in 2016, followed by this year's Everybody Works, and a robust tour schedule. Below, Duterte shares tips, stories and an ill-advised hotel booking from her latest travels.You have a big trip to Europe coming up. What are some essentials that you pack when you are heading out on tour?Definitely Q-tips and lots of underwear, but not that many clothes because you end up buying clothes along the way. Otherwise, you are packing really heavy. Also, a neck pillow, but they are very easy to lose.What's your favorite thing to do on an off night on the road?I definitely love to eat, and also sleep and take naps in an actual bed. A lot of people think musicians like to get crazy all of the time, but a lot of us just like to rest.What's the most awesome hotel you have stayed at recently?It was somewhere in the Midwest-maybe Minneapolis. We got a really good deal on a hotel. It was the biggest room I've ever been in and it kind of reminded me of the Twin Peaks aesthetic. It was super mysterious, but everything was really high tech, too.When are you planning to use HotelTonight next?Probably in London. We'll be there on tour, and it's always nice to be in a hotel.What's one of the last cities you fell in love with while traveling?I really, really like Chicago. There's just something really special about that place. I really like the people, the food and everything you can do there. They have my favorite music venues and it just seems like a very chill place.What's on your travel bucket list?Definitely Paris! I haven't been there yet. I'm trying to get swept off my feet and fall in love... or whatever happens in Paris.What's in heavy rotation on your travel playlist?Andy Shauf, for sure. I love, love, love his album The Party. It's a low key concept album about a party and the things that are happening around him. I've also been listing to a lot of Bay Area hip-hop lately. E-40's old-school hyphy stuff really hypes me up.Do you have any guilty pleasures while traveling?I don't know if it's a guilty pleasure, but I like to buy really bad bumper stickers and those dumb keychains with quotes on them. I just found a couple in my bag from the last tour. One says "Party Girl" and another one is actually on my guitar right now. It says: "Silly boy, trucks are for girls." They're like collectibles.And maybe a few life lessons?Exactly! You learn a little something new every day.What are your favorite venues to play at?New York - Baby's All Right. Hotel nearby: The Williamsburg San Francisco - Rickshaw Stop. Hotel nearby: Hotel Zeppelin Los Angeles - The Echo. Hotel nearby: The Line HotelChicago - Lincoln Hall. Hotel nearby: Thompson Chicago

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