Imagine Dragons bassist Ben McKee dropped out of Berklee College of Music with only a few credits left, moving across the country to play bass for the band. This sort of reckless/genius behavior is typical for Ben, who has an uncanny penchant for spicy food and a suitcase full of unbelievable road stories. Since we here at Fling Girl L.A. believe it’s important to hear the guy’s side of the story, Ben share his “10 Ways To Keep In Touch On The Road.” Floyd could take notes.

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10 — Phone. The easiest way to check in when you get a minute while you’re refueling the tour bus or waiting to sound check.

9 — Email. As convenient as it is impersonal, but sometimes when all you have is 15 minutes in the din of backstage, it’s the only option. Plus, it’s impossible to get roped into a two-hour-long email about where your relationship is going.

8 — Twitter. If you can’t be bothered to deal with all those annoying “words” that tend to find themselves in emails, tweets are a perfect way to say “I love you, but get to the point.” At 140 characters, small talk is not an option. Bonus: everyone else on Twitter can get in on the action.

7 — Skype. An amazing tool for keeping a committed relationship going when one of you is on the road. Best when you’re not sharing a room with the creepy roadie.

6 — Snail Mail. Who doesn’t love going out to the mailbox and finding something that isn’t a bill or a menu for the new Chinese-pizza fusion restaurant in the neighborhood?

5 — Walkie Talkie. Just don’t go too far. Best when your gig is in your neighbor’s tree house.

4 — Text. Best for letting that special someone know that you <3 them. LOL ROTFL OMG OBGYN!!! ;)

3 — Facebook. For those intimate messages that must be shared with 5,000 of your closest people that you don’t really know but might have gone to college with or something.

2 — Carrier Pigeons. Sometimes it can be hard to come up with a list of ten ways to keep in touch. 

1 — Don’t. Going on tour can be a great time to cut things off when things haven’t been going as well as they could be. There are plenty of fish in the sea, and most of them want to get backstage.

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