SXSW, New Bands, New Films, and a New Way of Thinking about Older Music – Gig Gab 157

SXSW, New Bands, New Films, and a New Way of Thinking about Older Music – Gig Gab 157Dave’s just back from attending a full week of the SXSW Conference and Festivals, and he and Paul have a lot to discuss! From new bands that Dave found, to new films that Dave saw, SXSW provided an infusion of new info and new thinking and, well, that’s the point of exposing yourself, right?

To new things, we mean. Not that other thing. Dave stayed clothed during both SXSW and the recording of this podcast.

Also, sometimes even when you don’t attend a conference you can change your own mind, and Paul’s had a change of heart he shares, too. You won’t want to miss this one, folks!


Rock Star Bathroom Politics – Gig Gab 156

Rock Star Bathroom Politics – Gig Gab 156Have you ever peed next to a rock star? How about a former Vice President? Dave has peed next to both Dave Grohl and Al Gore, and for some reason Paul gets him to tell those stories perfectly in the context of your normally-scheduled Gig Gab. Guess which one has tighter security? You’ll have to listen to find out.

Also, Dave shares a few SXSW stories from the past as he prepares to head to Austin next week to attend the conference again. Then it’s on to discussion about how to market your band and get attention from the right people.

After that, your two favorite weekend warriors move on to discussing just how to prepare for a gig where you don’t know any of the tunes… and how to make it through those gigs, too! All this and more… that’s how you know it’s Gig Gab!

Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff Mentioned:

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 156 – Monday, March 5, 2018
  • 00:01:35 SXSW 2018
  • 00:03:24 Magical Musical Moments at SXSW
  • 00:05:16 Serendipity with R.E.M.
  • 00:09:28 Sound City
  • 00:10:49 Bathroom stars!
  • 00:11:02 Get attention with performance descriptions, musical styles, and a picture.
  • 00:14:40 Distinguishing your band with language
  • 00:18:02 Like Jack Tempchin, leverage your highlights!
  • 00:19:34 You need to deliver!
  • 00:20:59 Video is incredibly important
  • 00:23:38 Email isn’t dead!
  • 00:26:20 MailChimp lets you hit the inbox
  • 00:27:03 SPONSOR: – GigGab2018 saves you 15% off licensing fees
  • 00:29:19 Prepping Mad Haus. Just like being a sub in your own band.
  • 00:33:18 pK and Friends. One night of tunes!
  • 00:34:58 Working your intuition
  • 00:36:50 It should follow the form… but it might not!
  • 00:38:09 Big Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 00:39:52 Like the record, or do it your own way?
  • 00:44:51 Learn to hear the changes
  • 00:46:37 Learn to hear the form
  • 00:48:38 Show me the 1
  • 00:49:09 GG Outtro

Always get a contract? Well, sort of… – Gig Gab Podcast 155

Contract with a Question Mark - Gig Gab Podcast 155When should you have a contract? If you follow Paul and Dave’s advice and definitions, you should have something resembling a contract for every gig. Listen to hear what they mean… and why.

Sometimes a cascading series of bad events turns into a great night, and Paul’s got a story that at least starts this way. You’ll have to listen to hear how it ends!

Your two favorite weekend warriors also share some tips on not only how to get paid, but when to get paid, and how to do it efficiently and keep it from getting weird.

All this – and more – just press play and enjoy!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 155 – Monday, February 26, 2018
  • 00:01:12 Monetizing Gig Gab!
  • 00:03:35 Far away… gigs.
  • 00:05:32 Reaffirming your agreements
  • 00:07:15 Always get a contract? Yes! Sort of…
  • 00:08:31 When things change on the day of the gig?
  • 00:12:14 When is it time to walk?
  • 00:13:15 SPONSOR: – GigGab2018 saves you 15% off licensing fees
  • 00:17:10 Is it a gig, or a cascading series of bad events?
  • 00:19:24 How does it end?
  • 00:21:12 The benefits of early payment
  • 00:25:51 Cashing out at the end of the night
  • 00:26:52 Don’t be weird about money!
  • 00:27:59 Count the money
  • 00:29:57 A cancellation deal
  • 00:35:20 Pay in advance leaves room for tips
  • 00:36:26 Tipping for sit-ins
  • 00:38:46 Being able to take requests
  • 00:39:53 Mad Haus – Mar
  • 00:40:57 Second Line and Zydeco Drum Grooves
  • 00:43:38 Healed-up and Return to Playing!

Your Band & Facebook – Gig Gab Podcast 154

Your Band & Facebook – Gig Gab Podcast 154Talk about a verbal jam session! Sure, your two favorite weekend warriors talk about their strategies for when to post your events on Facebook, but there are about a zillion other topics that seem to weave into one another. From managing your core strength to the history of the National Anthem to Gibson dying out to managing your weight, this episode covers it all. Press play and enjoy, folks. And always be performing!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 154 – Monday, February 19, 2018
  • 00:00:40 Don’t forget about your core!
  • 00:05:35 How do you know where to play?
  • 00:07:46 The magic synchronicity between band and club
  • 00:09:59 The timing of Facebook invitations to your gigs
  • 00:15:23 Are sponsored posts worth it?
  • 00:16:44 Managing Your Weight
  • 00:20:25 Fergie’s National Anthem
  • 00:21:58 Respecting the performance of the Anthem
  • 00:23:48 The history of the National Anthem
  • 00:26:38 Play it straight or Get the Job Done?
  • 00:29:37 Surviving the winter of gigs
  • 00:31:22 Gibson dying out
  • 00:36:55 Following your heroes
  • 00:38:27 How a brand grabs your soul
  • 00:40:51 Paul Kent Turnaround CEO of Gibson Guitars
  • 00:41:25 GG 154 Outtro

Praise to the Go-Getters – Gig Gab Podcast 153

Praise to the Go-Getters text around motivated man climbing for money with lazy man sleepingHave you ever thought about traveling with you band? How about putting together a band whose only purpose is to travel? You two favorite weekend warriors talk all about this just for you. And, as should happen at the center of any conversation about booking gigs, it’s expressly decided that praise should always go to the go-getters out there booking the gigs that we all love to play.

Moving on from that, the concept of groove within the structure of an acoustic setting is discussed. Do you know who the drummer is? Both Paul and Dave agree on this point, and they discuss exactly why that’s the case!

Press play and enjoy, friends. This one’s guaranteed to be a fun ride!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 153 – Monday, February 12, 2018
  • 00:01:24 Dave fell!
  • 00:02:11 Trubble’s vacation
  • 00:05:47 Traveling YOUR band around
  • 00:08:58 Local travel – How far is too far?
  • 00:10:30 Have agreed-upon criteria for accepting a gig
  • 00:11:16 The cost of developing a new geography
  • 00:12:30 The headache of planning a tour
  • 00:13:55 Praise to the Go-Getters
  • 00:16:44 The Macworld All-Star Band Reunion Show?
    • Save the date: January 26, 2019
  • 00:18:01 Pickup Shows with “PK & Friends”
  • 00:22:10 The “Risk” of cohabitating with your band on the road
  • 00:25:44 Re-mixing the chemistry of your band
  • 00:27:58 The excitement of change
  • 00:28:45 More reps equal success
  • 00:32:09 The groove of acoustic music
  • 00:36:31 Acoustic Guitar drives the bus
  • 00:38:42 Prince Cream Acoustic
  • 00:39:18 Find a place in your body to feel the groove
  • 00:42:19 Eastman Guitars
  • Paul’s been playing an Eastman T-486
  • 00:46:10 Look for the little guys
  • 00:47:21 GG 153 Outtro

Nirvana Night vs. Fight Night – Gig Gab Podcast 152

Nirvana Night vs. Fight Night – Gig Gab Podcast 152Sometimes it’s nirvana, and sometimes it’s a fight. The thing is, you never really know which way the gig is going to go until you’re in the thick of it… and then you just have to take it as it comes and deal with it! Whether it’s discussing the harnessing of the karma gods or the Facebook algorithm, your two favorite weekend warriors bring their A-game to you each and every week.

Speaking of games, Justin Timberlake’s performance at the Super Bowl is fair game to discuss in this podcast, and that discussion happened, too.

So much to say about so many things… press play, download, enjoy!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 152 – Tuesday, February 6, 2018
  • 00:01:14 When every note is a chore?
  • 00:06:00 Nirvana Nights vs. Fight Nights
  • 00:07:00 Harnessing of the Karma Gods
  • 00:09:05 The Facebook algorithm vs. Marketing 50%
  • 00:09:40 Annual Children’s Musical Theater (CMT – San Jose) Cabaret Night fundraiser
  • 00:11:09 The flow of an organized evening when you’re not the focus
  • 00:13:39 Flipping the “ON” Switch
  • 00:13:50 “We’re all in this together”
  • 00:15:54 Hired guns vs. bandmates
  • 00:18:15 JT at the SuperBowl
  • 00:21:25 Invoking Prince
  • 00:22:43 In-ears for the entire Marching Band
  • 00:24:41 JT Super Bowl “for exposure” — except all expenses are paid.
  • 00:27:00 Does the NFL respect musicians?
  • 00:28:49 Paul Simon’s retirement message
  • 00:34:26 Songs from the 90s vs. Majestic Permanence?
  • 00:38:12 No Matter What – The fake ending worked!
  • 00:38:42 GG Outtro

The Loneliness Component – Gig Gab Podcast 151

Bagpipe player alone in field – The Loneliness Component – Gig Gab Podcast 151As musicians, we play because we love to play, and it’s an honor to be able to do that. But that’s not the only reason… and some gigs can feel pretty lonely, even if you’re surrounded by a crowd or fellow musicians. Dave and Paul start this episode thinking they have a few different topics to discuss – and they do – but in the end it all comes back to the same thing: loneliness and how to avoid it.

Well, there is ONE topics that doesn’t fit into that theme, and that’s the topic of how much to charge for your gigs and your merchandise. Listen for some essential lessons that your two favorite weekend warriors have learned this week.


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 151 – Monday, January 29, 2018
  • 00:01:26 Bruno Mars
  • 00:03:04 TAMI Shows
  • 00:04:47 Multiple songs by the same band
  • 00:07:46 Gigs for enjoyment, or gigs for a living
  • 00:10:39 Pro vs. Amateur: Don’t Muck Up the Payscale
  • 00:13:40 Asking for more money
  • 00:17:36 The Frustration of Missing Measures
  • 00:21:12 Getting up to speed with (almost) no charts!
  • 00:24:25 Ticket prices – variable wins. Also merchandise.
  • 00:27:38 The science of pricing
  • 00:30:43 The Psychological Difference Between Tipping and Paying
  • 00:32:19 Knowing your Locale
  • 00:33:00 Pay what you want when you leave?
  • 00:34:24 Playing just to sell merch
  • 00:35:50 The Solo Mentality
  • 00:37:46 In the way Wallpaper
  • 00:40:06 Learning to focus when there’s no crowd
  • 00:40:31 Learn your strengths… then exploit them!
  • 00:43:29 It’s not always about you
  • 00:46:10 Owning the Loneliness… and Maximizing it!
  • 00:49:01 GG Outtro

“Up Here, Nothing Can Touch Us” – Gig Gab Podcast 150

The stage is sacred ground for most musicians… but how does it get to be that way? Certainly it’s not comfortable the very first time you walk on stage. Depending on how you look at it, it may never be comfortable walking on stage… and yet, it can still become a comfortable, safe, and secure place for most performers. Paul and Dave find themselves in the midst of a conversation talking about exactly that!

To get there, they discuss some of the issues and hurdles musicians need to jump over and through to set themselves up for success. Knowing your bandmates, understanding your band’s logistical needs, and learning how to (quickly!) learn what it takes to make a room sound and work well are all skills that can set you up for success.

And that, folks, is what Gig Gab Podcast 150 is about, with an unexpected (but heavy!) dose of lessons from and about Tom Petty. Press play… and enjoy!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 150 – Monday, January 22, 2018
  • 00:00:54 Evolving a Venue into a Music Room
  • 00:02:46 The value of appreciative fans
  • 00:03:10 Playing with Human Jukeboxes
  • 00:05:15 Prioritizing fun with gigs
  • 00:10:20 Tweaking Sound in Wooden Rooms
  • 00:13:21 Timing conflicts
  • 00:15:15 The logistics of multi-band bills
  • 00:17:23 Spend the time to do the “Advance” work for your gig
  • 00:19:55 Spend the time to get it right
  • 00:22:47 Tears for Petty
  • 00:25:46 That Gig Mindset
  • 00:27:13 Playing brain versus talking brain
  • 00:28:59 Giving Yourself the On-Stage Freedom to Focus
  • 00:32:31 Being comfortable on stage
  • 00:35:13 “Up here, nothing can touch us”
  • 00:36:44 The bubble on stage
  • 00:36:57 Solo gigs
  • 00:38:27 GG Out

Managing Your Body on Stage – Gig Gab Podcast 149

Paul and Dave each had experiences – from both sides of the “rail” this week – with that concept where musicians need to manage what’s going on inside their bodies while on stage. They talk through Paul’s first gig with the Houserockers new drummer, and Dave’s experience watching seasoned, Grammy-winning professionals … all of which deal with the fact that every musician on any stage – at any pay rate – is simply a human that has to deal with being human!

Then it’s on to some new gear, starting with some in-ear monitors Dave found at CES for less than $25! Paul asks about the new Boss KATANA AIR amplifier, too. All of this on Gig Gab!


Selling Your Band! – Gig Gab Podcast 148

Selling Your Band - Gig Gab Podcast 148Is your band for sale? Of course it is! Otherwise you’re not getting paid. And if your band is for sale, then who is the salesperson? Listen to hear your long-time Weekend Warriors put on the relevant parts of their weekDAY hats and talk through their process for selling … anything. There’s lots to learn here this week, folks, and Dave and Paul are on fire with this one!

Then it’s time to answer a question about setlists, this time focused around managing the energy of the room… both while you’re playing and while you’re not.


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 148 – Monday, January 8, 2018
  • 00:00:57 Paul’s Booking Formula
  • 00:04:10 Looking at the summer
  • 00:07:08 Portraying comfortable confidence
  • 00:10:20 Booking bands at the Pro level
  • 00:12:45 If your band is great, it’s great. Other bookings are gravy.
  • 00:15:45 Be on alert when things are on autopilot
  • 00:16:38 Building trust with new booking contacts
  • 00:21:00 Leveraging the relationships of all your bandmembers
  • 00:25:01 The value of building community
  • 00:26:49 48 years?!?!?
  • 00:27:58 The value of brotherly-love
  • 00:28:25 Integrating someone new into your band
    • Getting ready for immediate gigs
  • 00:29:56 Learning the back catalog
  • 00:32:42 Adding new tunes, too!
    • Chart Check!
  • 00:36:34 Record your shows
  • 00:38:19 Dan-Driving the energy with your setlist and flow?
  • 00:40:53 The flow of the set
  • 00:41:39 Feel out the band
  • 00:45:58 Own your own destiny
  • 00:47:21 Make sure to warmup!
  • 00:49:32 Harness the energy
  • 00:50:44 But learn the energy first!
  • 00:52:11 Managing the breaks!
  • 00:54:24 Learn the way the room flow