Buddy Gibbons: Building a Music Career – Gig Gab Podcast 173

Buddy Gibbons Gig Gab Podcast 173Drummer, producer, composer, and singer, Buddy Gibbons talks through his start in marching band, how traditional grip unlocked his entire career, and simply provides lesson after lesson for anyone wanting to create a living playing music. Informative, inspirational, and simply charming, Buddy walks through it all for Paul and Dave and all of you with his head held high. Press play, download, and enjoy!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 173 – Monday, July 9, 2018
  • 00:01:00 Setlist negotiation on headline gigs
  • 00:03:11 Buddy Gibbons, drummer, producer, composer, singer, you name it!
  • 00:04:17 The invisible rock star
  • 00:05:00 Always preparing for the next thing
  • 00:06:03 Music for television
    • LA Dodgers in-stadium music
  • 00:08:50 Marching band geek
    • Second band, first chair, never first/first
  • 00:10:14 Traditional Grip = First Chair
  • 00:11:07 Starting all over again in LA
    • Zildjian endorsement deals
  • 00:12:13 Don’t worry about getting a gig, focus on building your career
  • 00:15:30 Swimming in the Sharks in the Ocean?
  • 00:17:13 Surround yourself with great people
  • 00:19:00 Sponsorships vs. Endorsements vs. Artist Deals
  • 00:21:52 Classic Rock = Modern Country
  • 00:24:13 Marketing to the right people
  • 00:28:39 Marching infiltrating other genres – Creating a niche
  • 00:30:17 Glee is to thank for drumline re-introduction into pop culture
  • 00:31:00 Wanted to be a rock star… but this is what I do
  • 00:32:10 Nashville vs. LA scenes
  • 00:38:44 Don’t let the short game tempt you
  • 00:42:21 Clinics
  • 00:44:59 GG 173 Outtro

Choosing Happy Songs … and Which Drummers could have replaced Keith Moon? – Gig Gab Podcast 172

Choosing Happy SongsYou have the power to control your audience.

Well, kind of. You have the power to choose how you emote on stage, and there’s a lot of power behind choosing happy songs. Paul and Dave talk about this, and how to go about it. But that’s not all… outdoor gigs, goals vs. systems, and Dave’s process for learning and rehearsing for The Who’s Tommy are all part of this week’s show. Press play and enjoy!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 172 – Monday, July 2, 2018
  • 00:01:21 Sweatin’ on Stage
  • 00:01:45 Playing on the beach!
  • 00:04:49 Managing competition vs. respect
  • 00:07:24 “How can I earn more of your business?”
  • 00:10:38 Some fans like clubs, everyone likes outdoor gigs!
  • 00:16:00 Goals vs. Systems
  • 00:18:00 Chicken vs. Egg in Band-related Systems
  • 00:19:47 Paul’s 90s upcoming night
  • 00:25:21 Choosing Happy Songs
  • 00:30:15 US Senate Passes Music Modernization Act
  • 00:33:33 The wives’ perspective
  • 00:34:28 Tommy rehearsals
  • 00:44:20 Drummers to replace Keith Moon
  • 00:50:06 GG 172 Outtro

Communicating Your Professionalism – Gig Gab Podcast 171

Guitarist in a suit. Communicating Your ProfessionalismWhen you’re looking at promoting your band, what are the important factors to portray? Is it all about the music? Unfortunately, that may not be case… in fact, it’s not the case. But don’t fret… Paul and Dave have some answers or at least some perspective for you, answering questions from all of YOU, dear listeners. Press play and enjoy!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 171 – Tuesday, June 26, 2018
  • 00:01:12 Drummers crossing the backline meridian
  • 00:02:15 U2’s Elaborate Simplicity
  • 00:06:50 Deconstructing the U2 show
  • 00:08:53 Stadium Shows
  • 00:14:36 Playing with your back to your band
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  • 00:19:40 Rob on Facebook asks…
  • 00:21:38 Who you know matters
  • 00:24:16 Marketing matters, too!
  • 00:25:26 Cultivating your Following
  • 00:26:17 Communicating your professionalism
  • 00:29:55 Don’t Dilute the Pool
  • 00:36:28 The barriers to entry are different
  • 00:37:24 The hardest worker wins!
  • 00:43:02 GG 171 Outtro

Value Simplicity, Highlight the Differences – Gig Gab Podcast 170

Picture of drum set with lyrics on bass drum, text Value Simplicity, Highlight the differences, Gig Gab Podcast 170How do cruise ships, fiddle players, Joe Zawinul, percussive guitar, and taping lyrics to a kick drum all tie together? If you had asked Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton that question before they recorded this episode, they probably wouldn’t have had an answer.

Now, though, not only do they have an answer, you do, too. Download or just press play and enjoy!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 169 – Monday, June 18, 2018
  • 00:01:04 Alaska thoughts lead to…
  • 00:01:39 Cruise ship bands!
  • 00:05:39 The logistics of the R&B band aboard the ship
  • 00:09:33 Dave Matthews Band Changes
  • 00:15:38 Feel the groove
  • 00:18:15 The uniqueness of DMB
  • 00:26:06 An eclectic mix
  • 00:29:53 DOMi with Jazz is PHSH
  • 00:35:34 In-Ears Warning
  • 00:39:57 Follow the lyrics!
    • The Value of Simplicity
  • 00:50:17 GG 170 Outtro

Music From the Fan’s Perspective – Gig Gab Podcast 169

Picture of a crowd at a bar with the text Music from the fan's perspective - Gig gab podcast 169Bars are intimidating things to some people. When was the last time you, as a musician, thought about that?

It’s good to think about music from your audience’s perspective and consider the vibe that you’re creating for them… and that’s exactly what Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton talk about today. From attitude to song selection to choosing the actual room you’ll play in, you can control the vibe before the downbeat even happens.

Listen, learn, and let your two favorite podcasters know what you think! feedback@giggabpodcast.com is where the mailbox is always open for you.

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 169 – Monday, June 11, 2018
  • 00:02:29 Hearing the subtlety in harmonies
  • 00:03:38 Managing Humility and Confidence
  • 00:05:27 Developing Chemistry
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  • 00:11:36 Music From the Fan’s Perspective
  • 00:18:50 Put Yourself in their shoes
  • 00:20:41 Sharing yourself
  • 00:23:37 Be present and in the moment
  • 00:25:18 You can’t be that if you’re not that!
  • 00:26:53 What does your scene need?
  • 00:30:35 Serve the vibe instead of enforcing your will
    • “Bars are intimidating things”
  • 00:37:26 GG Outtro

The Art of “No” – Gig Gab Podcast 168

The Art of No, Gig Gab Podcast 168“Hey, would you like to do a project together?” It’s easy when your answer is “yes,” but what happens when it’s not? How do you deal with this now-difficult scenario? Paul and Dave talk through all of this for you today. We’re not sure they come up with the magic answer, but there might be a magic phrase or two that they share.

Then Paul nudges Dave into talking about playing “behind the beat” and what that all means. Do you know? Do they? You’ll have to listen to find out! Press play, download, and enjoy!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 168 – Monday, June 4, 2018
  • 00:01:04 The Art of “No”
  • 00:04:57 Be Honest
  • 00:07:39 Watch social cues
  • 00:10:17 Educating someone
  • 00:16:30 “What do you have in mind?”
  • 00:21:29 Framing your Nos (not your Nose)
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  • 00:26:16 Dead and Company
  • 00:29:00 Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti, John Mayer
  • 00:32:48 Kreutzmann’s playing Behind the Beat
  • 00:41:55 Paul’s playing in a Fogerty Tribute
  • 00:43:50 GG 168

Paging Mr. Murphy – Gig Gab Podcast 167

Broken Snare Drum HeadHow tough do the tough conversations get in your band? Today Paul and Dave talk through some of their experiences with that, especially as it relates to band members relative preparedness levels. Yeah, that’s a mouthful, and that’s not all there is in this episode.

Your two favorite weekend warriors have been busy. Paul’s been digging into what it takes to raise your price, and he and Dave talk through that. Dave’s been busy with two tech weeks happening simultaneously this week… and that meant he ignored one of his superstitions… and got caught!

Hear all about this and more during Gig Gab. Press play and enjoy!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 167 – Monday, May 28, 2018
  • 00:01:57 Double Tech Week
  • 00:07:06 Too Much Monkey Business… and Too Much 50s Music
  • 00:08:58 Superstitions
  • 00:12:38 Improvising Solutions in the Moment
  • 00:15:21 Raising the Pricing Bar
    • Believe the price for which you’re selling
  • 00:18:16 Set the price
  • 00:22:33 Understand your leverage
  • 00:24:20 Quoting The Brilliant Professional Billy Joel
  • 00:28:07 Tough Conversations
    • “Everybody does the same work”
  • 00:35:50 Spot-checking vs. Illuminating Unpreparedness
  • 00:38:31 Rehearsal is not the place where you learn the song
  • 00:41:24 Learn what corners to cut
  • 00:44:20 GG 167

How Much Ego is Too Much Ego? – Gig Gab Podcast 166

singer onstage in front of lights Gig Gab Podcast 166Today, Paul and Dave jump from subject to subject in a seemingly random fashion (hint: whatever they write next, it was random). But it’s never truly random, is it? Nope. This one is about ego. Seeing egos on stage, managing your own ego, when to have one, when to suppress it, and when to use strobe lights to manufacture it! (Ok, you’re going to have to listen for the explanation on that last bit).

But really, the big question to be answered is: what are hackles?

(No, seriously. They ask this question like three times in the episode. Just send them an email at feedback@giggabpodcast.com so they don’t ask again next week!)

All this – and much, much more – in Gig Gab today. Download, press play, and enjoy!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 166 – Monday, May 21, 2018
  • 00:01:00 RANT ON: “Best party band”
  • 00:04:43 What are hackles?
  • 00:06:37 Richard Ashcroft – Tuning his guitar
  • 00:10:36 Liam Gallagher
  • 00:13:26 Strobe Lights
  • 00:15:26 Don’t forget about the lights!
  • 00:18:20 Thunderpussy – What’s in a name?
  • 00:21:41 Filling your Calendar vs. Getting your Price
  • 00:27:52 Communicating with Confidence, Not Cockiness
  • 00:30:11 Watch your tone!
  • 00:33:51 When to fill the schedule?
  • 00:38:17 GG 166 Outtro

Eating at the Grown-Ups’ Table – Gig Gab Podcast 165

Picture of piano-shaped table. Today Paul and Dave get cerebral, which is fitting given where the conversation goes. Come sit at the Grown-Ups’ Table (just this once!) and enjoy a heady conversation about managing all day gigs, managing the song list, fostering FOMO and, of course, the “Sweet Home Alabama” vs. “Freewill” discussion.


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 165 – Monday, May 14, 2018
  • 00:01:24 All-day gigs
  • 00:04:11 Jazz vs. Cocktail music
  • 00:08:30 Managing the Song List
  • 00:10:34 Charts on Stage
  • 00:15:19 Live without a net
  • 00:17:00 Managing a Good Show vs. Fostering FOMO
  • 00:20:49 Bonus stage time!
  • 00:23:44 There is a time for a discussion
  • 00:25:13 Follow the setlist or follow the vibe?
  • 00:28:20 The Value of Complexity
  • 00:34:40 “Sweet Home Alabama” vs. “Freewill”
  • 00:41:31 “Eating at The Grown-Ups’ Table”
  • 00:43:05 GG 165

Intentional Collaboration – Gig Gab Podcast 164

intentional collaborate gig gab podcast 164Whether you’re a band or a solo artist, a musical performance is always a collaboration. There are sound engineers, bandmates, audience members, and venue staff that are all involved in making your performance a success. Today Paul and Dave talk through the realities of this, both objectively as outsiders and also what it’s like to deal with it all in the moment. “Intentional collaboration” becomes the theme of this episode, though “being a good musical citizen” or, if successful, “the mutual admiration society” would also fit.

Going with their new trend, your two favorite weekend warriors include a couple of tips in this episode, too. Press play, listen, and enjoy. Then write in to feedback@giggabpodcast.com and let Paul and Dave know what you think!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 164 – Monday, May 7, 2018
  • 00:00:56 Vocal warm-ups during allergy season
  • 00:03:17 Tenor vs. Rock Tenor
  • 00:05:13 Warm ups
  • 00:10:00 Relatively relative pitch
  • 00:13:48 Paul Kent’s Springsteen Night
  • 00:14:57 Sitting crowds vs. standing crowds
  • 00:16:04 You gotta earn it every time
  • 00:19:15 Digesting the reviews
  • 00:21:16 A video camera doesn’t capture everything
  • 00:22:49 Balancing technicality with feel
  • 00:28:43 The Church Ladies
  • 00:31:18 The Mutual Admiration Society
  • 00:33:30 Managing the competition, internally and externally
  • 00:35:31 Making yourself sound good, making your band sound good
  • 00:38:40 Playing someone else’s drums/gear, adapting.
  • 00:39:45 Being a good musical citizen
  • 00:41:25 Intentional collaboration
  • 00:45:47 Tip: Be both the ‘Chuch of No’ and the ‘Church of Yes’
  • 00:49:07 Performance tip: look at the person who’s singing or soloing.
  • 00:52:37 GG 164 Outtro