Nashville and The “Rinse” Lesson – Gig Gab Podcast 189

"Always Be Performing" in downtown Nashville at night, with text Nashville and The "Rinse" Lesson – Gig Gab Podcast 189Paul visited Nashville and Dave visited the dentist. One of those things happened in the last week, even, but never fear: they both resulted in relevant stories for you, our listeners. A quick conversation about leverage finds its way into the show, and using it to negotiate non-zero-sum outcomes. And listeners Mike (yes, two of them) have things in the mailbag that your two favorite weekend warriors are all-too-happy to share. Download, press play, and enjoy!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 189 – Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  • 00:00:50 Paul visited Nashville!
  • 00:03:19 Working for tips.
  • 00:09:45 The “Rinse” Lesson
  • 00:14:49 Telegraphing your emotions
  • 00:17:10 Leverage revisited
  • 00:22:19 Mike-CSF-Klang 3D In-ear mixes
  • 00:25:02 Mike-Which board is best for in-ears?
  • 00:30:01 GG 189 Outtro

Cherish Your Downtime, Too – Gig Gab Podcast 188

Empty stage with text, "Cherish Your Downtime, Too – Gig Gab Podcast 188"It’s easy to get caught up in all the time you’re spending on stage (and the time you spending preparing for that!), but it’s equally important to treat your nights off stage as priorities, too. There’s a yin and a yang to a lot of things, not just this, and you’ll hear how that thread permeates the entirety of this discussion between Dave and Paul. They can be some pretty reflective cats when you get right down to it. Press play and enjoy. And reflect. And always be performing, too, even when you’re not. Or something.

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 188 – Monday, November 5, 2018
  • 00:01:05 Carve out time for life
  • 00:03:46 The comfort of being on stage
  • 00:06:53 Pre-show anxiety
  • 00:07:22 Mad Haus
  • 00:12:45 When everyone on stage can PLAY
  • 00:18:44 The evolution of the live music scene
  • 00:21:44 Kevin-How to become a theater drummer?
  • 00:33:14 The benefits of theater shows?
  • 00:38:13 Contracts!
  • 00:39:16 The connection of playing shared music
  • 00:46:58 Phish plays Halloween!
  • 00:53:23 GG 188 Outtro

Managing Relationships with Clubs, Owners, Bands, and Fans – Gig Gab Podcast 187

Managing Relationships with Clubs, Owners, Bands, and Fans – Gig Gab Podcast 187What happens when a new manager takes over at a club where you’ve already got dates booked? Your answer to this question will undoubtedly impact your band’s future bookings. The good news is that you are in control. Listen to advice from Paul and Dave as they share experiences and tips with you!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 187 – Monday, October 29, 2018
  • 00:01:14 Two Double-headers!
  • 00:01:41 A Sub on an Improv-yet-flowing gig
  • 00:04:21 Early Halloween FLINGFest
  • 00:07:56 A co-managed event
  • 00:09:42 Managing an existing relationship with a new owner
  • 00:14:00 Let’s make it new anyway
  • 00:17:43 Learning communication styles
  • 00:19:30 Managing the door
  • 00:26:41 Delegate responsibility to someone
  • 00:28:39 The black-and-white of the relationship grays
  • 00:33:30 When the money doesn’t line up
  • 00:39:18 Right is right! Except when it’s not exactly right
  • 00:41:30 New Halloween songs
  • 00:42:32 Callback to Gig Gab 186 – Managing the sound of your instrument in different rooms
  • 00:49:28 GG 187 Outtro

Trumpets, Tubas, and Squirrels – Gig Gab Podcast 186

Trumpets, Tubas, and Squirrels – Gig Gab Podcast 186When the Amazing Super Duper Squirrels meet their arch nemesis, what does that mean for the number of female tuba players available for your next gig?

This, folks, is an example of the important questions that Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton, your two favorite weekend warriors, dissect on Gig Gab!

Oh, also, how to make your drums sound their best. So, hey, you know, there’s that!

Press play and enjoy.

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 186 – Monday, October 22, 2018
  • 00:01:05 The Brechtones are Killing It
  • 00:06:35 “The Amazing Super Duper Squirrels” meet “Squirrel”
  • 00:11:36 Prepare a professional response
  • 00:13:24 More Female Tuba Players!
  • 00:16:32 Have a good story to tell
  • 00:17:56 Band-owner who is not the front man
  • 00:20:40 Sunglasses on stage. Zenni’s 10% tint are awesome.
  • 00:22:39 John-Improving the sound of amplified drums
  • 00:32:07 Be realistic about the sound of your instrument
  • 00:37:08 Balancing the acoustic gigs with the electric gigs
  • 00:41:39 Singing and feeling
  • 00:43:33 The business end of a trumpet
  • 00:44:43 Trumpets, Tubas, & Squirrels

Believe First, Negotiate Second – Gig Gab Podcast 185

The puzzle of Integrity, with text "Believe First, Negotiate Second – Gig Gab Podcast 185"If at first you don’t succeed, it’s worth asking, “did I believe?”

Well, did you? Gig Gab might help. First, Paul and Dave talk through some of their gigs, both recently and upcoming, as they’re both doing some different stuff that detours from the norm (is there really a norm, outside of Cheers?). Ever have to do a gig without your keyboard player? Your two favorite weekend warriors have, and they talk about what that means for their respective bands.

Then it’s on to taking a step back and thinking about what your bands mean, and to whom. And once you sort that latter part out, well, then you’re ready to start building events for the people that care about you and your bands.

From there it’s a short leap to negotiation. After all, we must believe first before we can discuss that, right?

Right. Press play and we’ll see you there.


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 185 – Monday, October 8, 2018
  • 00:00:55 8 Days on Stage… no end in sight
  • 00:03:37 Building your own fake book
  • 00:07:03 Justifying the erosion of a gig
  • 00:07:44 Brechtones… what is it? Stay tuned!
  • 00:10:32 Contrasting to “Know your stuff”
  • 00:11:29 Picking the right songs for the right cats
  • 00:13:46 Communication is the key
  • 00:16:10 Expecting more preparation than you’ll really get
  • 00:18:10 Talk through endings!
  • 00:22:41 The “Missing Man Formation”
  • 00:26:09 Are you that good without one member?
  • 00:28:54 Be careful with what you put on stage
  • 00:32:06 Picking the right gigs
  • 00:33:12 Don’t overlook the piano player!
  • 00:37:39 Iterating on the concept of Bar Gigs
  • 00:42:58 Fighting Your Success with Physics
  • 00:45:55 Invest in your audience
  • 00:47:21 Changing the deal means changing the deal
  • 00:50:24 More people = More money
  • 00:52:12 Believe first. Negotiate Second.
  • 00:57:17 GG 185 Outtro

Subs Happen! – Gig Gab Podcast 184

Piano keyboard that says "I Miss You" with text Subs Happen! Gig Gab Podcast 184What happens when your bandmate can’t make the gig? What happens when you can’t make the gig?

More to the point: what happens when listener Patrick asks Paul to reconcile the fact that he despises subs with the fact that Paul now plays in multiple bands?

What happens is that Dave and Paul talk it through! It would’ve been even funnier if we had a different host step in and sub for one of your favorite weekend warriors, but we didn’t think about that in time, so… you get Paul and Dave this week, just like usual.



  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 184 – Monday, October 1, 2018
  • 00:00:55 Original music with The Brechtones
  • 00:06:01 Original songs: collaboration vs. single vision
  • 00:08:51 FB-Patrick-What do you think about subs NOW?
  • 00:14:46 The enlightening musical moment
  • 00:17:38 A band is a cause
  • 00:19:05 Opportunity Cost
  • 00:20:34 Shared commitment
  • 00:21:48 Serendipity strikes
  • 00:23:26 Where is my head on this?
  • 00:25:26 Executive privilege vs. Double bookings
  • 00:27:50 Everyone’s the same
  • 00:31:10 “I enjoy paying my band”
  • 00:33:42 Be a good boss
  • 00:37:00 Multi-band gigs – be polite with logistics
  • 00:41:36 Grooving while over-playing
  • 00:43:11 Subs Happen!
  • 00:46:00 GG 184 Outtro

Counting Up-beat Intros…and other things – Gig Gab Podcast 183

Drive My Car and Glory Days intros with text Counting Up-beat Intros...and other things – Gig Gab Podcast 183In what key should you play Happy Birthday? How do you count the intros of Drive My Car and Glory Days? Answering the important questions: Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton.

Then it’s on to the magic of the groove and how to find the mojo inside the songs you’re playing… how to be inside the songs you’re playing.

And then wrapping up with some details about the songs that both Dave and Paul will be playing soon! All this on Gig Gab Podcast.


Anxiety, Bad Guys, and Accounting – Gig Gab Podcast 182

Worn out guy in a tie with text Anxiety, Bad Guys, and Accounting – Gig Gab Podcast 182Ever wake up the morning of a gig too nervous to do the gig? Does your band have signals or a plan for when a uninvited guest graces your stage? Do you understand the difference between a contractor and an employee?

Have you never thought about any of these things? Paul and Dave have, and they work hard in today’s episode to distill it all down into examples that mean something for you and your musical career.

Press play, download, and enjoy!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 182 – Monday, September 17, 2018
  • 00:00:49 Fall vs. Indian Summer
  • 00:02:59 Anxiety of a New Gig
  • 00:06:25 Setlist vs. Songlist
  • 00:12:47 Engaging the crowd
  • 00:15:15 Leveraging social media to build your setlist
  • 00:19:40 Honoring one-off requests
  • 00:21:23 Dan-When fans are inappropriate – The Gender Concern
  • 00:27:30 Who is the bad guy?
  • 00:31:43 Who are you?
  • 00:35:43 Employee vs. contractor
  • 00:45:04 Licensing Songs – who pays?
  • 00:47:57 Is a band a contractor?
  • 00:51:51 Does your band carry insurance?
  • 00:53:23 GG 182 Outtro

Evening Flow and Clean Stages – Gig Gab Podcast 181

Picture of band members' feet... and no amps! Also text: Evening Flow and Clean Stages – Gig Gab Podcast 181When is it time to buck the traditional flow of a party or wedding gig and do something a little different? When you have a better idea, that’s when! Dave attended a wedding this weekend and learned quite a few new things just by being a guest.

Paul’s got a club relationship that’s going sideways (and down in pay!) and he and Dave talk through all this and more on this week’s Gig Gab!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 181 – Monday, September 10, 2018
  • 00:02:33 Flow of the evening.
  • 00:07:38 Event planning … Advanced!
  • 00:09:33 Hour-by-hour pacing
  • 00:13:35 When playing those 3 songs
  • 00:16:23 Dave’s first dance: “Suspicious Minds”
  • 00:18:06 Paul’s first dance: “Nobody Loves Me Like You Do”
  • 00:20:00 Wedding guests
  • 00:21:07 Different types of weddings
  • 00:22:11 When the energy in the room … isn’t there.
  • 00:23:14 What’s going to happen next?
  • 00:24:00 Deciding to back off the throttle
  • 00:25:30 Everyone on in-ears
  • 00:27:00 Get the speeches right!
  • 00:30:52 It Sounds Better with a Clean Stage
  • 00:33:35 The Gig That Went Sideways
  • 00:38:29 Adapting to a new pay structure
  • 00:41:03 When do you walk?
  • 00:43:15 Conversation as negotiation
  • 00:46:30 GG 181 Outtro

Do Your Fans Love You Too Much? – Gig Gab Podcast 180

Music fans with heart symbols and text: Do Your Fans Love You Too Much? – Gig Gab Podcast 180A big part of performing live music involves engaging with the crowd. The better you can do that, the better your band will do in a general sense. But there’s a cost… what happens when that one member of the crowd goes too far? What happens when they see the relationship as more than just performer-and-audience member? What happens when they think that you’re friends?

Your two favorite weekend warriors, Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton, talk through this and more here on Gig Gab this week. Press play… and enjoy!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 180 – Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • 00:00:45 Using failure to level set
  • 00:03:43 Paul’s Party in the Park
  • 00:04:26 Evolving your own events
  • 00:06:15 Sensitive to reputation
  • 00:07:11 Proper planning leads to…
  • 00:08:21 …Good Vibe!
  • 00:09:07 But… one more thing!
  • 00:10:12 When a fan has an agenda
  • 00:12:14 Fans distracting your focus
  • 00:13:49 How to handle the over-reaching fan
  • 00:16:30 Notice the clench!
  • 00:18:16 Fan is rooted in “fanatic”
  • 00:19:50 Billy Joel: Don’t take any shit from anyone
  • 00:20:57 Will you play for racists?
  • 00:25:20 Ryan (not Bryan) Adams, the father of alt country
  • 00:28:23 Know who you are?
  • 00:32:17 Do you need closure?
  • 00:37:11 Managing the relationship
  • 00:40:12 GG Outtro