Analyzing the “No Analysis” Rule – GigGab 87

analyzing-musicPhish cites their new “No Analysis” rule as a foundational reason they’re still playing together. Paul and Dave take a look at this and discuss whether or not this might work in your band (or theirs!).

But first, Dave’s just finished two weeks of Bitter Pill, and he debriefs the experience thus far with Paul, going into some uncharted waters and discussing how important it is to push outside your comfort zone, even if only just a bit.

Paul and his band, The Houserockers, are considering some new songs so he and Dave talk a bit about what it takes to turn a new song into a hit for your band.

All this and more in this week’s GigGab!


00:00:00 GigGab 87 – October 24, 2016
00:04:30 Being on stage with naked people
00:07:12 Wearing makeup when you play
00:11:06 The Houserockers T-Shirt Saves Dave’s Day
00:12:48 Artists are Vessels for Truth
00:14:30 The Hi-Hat Breaks!
00:16:22 Drummer (equipment) issues
00:18:36 Don’t Lose Your Ears
00:22:19 Using a Click on Stage
00:25:27 Adding More Hits To Your Setlist
00:33:29 Analyzing the “No Analysis” Rule
00:43:21 Next week: Roberto Hernandez

Jerry Harvey, In-Ear Monitor Pioneer – GigGab 86

jerry-harvey-audio-jh16v2Jerry Harvey, founder of Ultimate Ears and JH Audio, joins your two favorite weekend warriors to talk in-ear monitors and more. Jerry has seen so much during his career that his advice likely outweighs his stories, and his stories are epic.

Today he offers tips on not only mixing your in-ears, but mixing drums and how to run a successful sound-check, as well. Plus, if you were ever curious about how to go about choosing a set of in-ear monitors, Jerry’s got more than a few things to help get you on your way.

The stories? Well, let’s just say that if you’re driving the right red car down the right street at the right time you might just get introduced to the future singer of Van Halen. Or perhaps hanging out in the right bar at the right time might get you introduced to the former singer of the same. Plus, a scoop on the new universal-fit line coming from JH Audio! Want more? Press play and enjoy the episode. We sure did!


00:00:00 GigGab 86 – October 17, 2016
00:01:39 Jerry Harvey
00:02:38 Hearing Loss leads to invention
00:03:42 Multiple drivers in each ear
00:05:37 Started as a roadie that wanted to mix
00:07:14 A red car can attract the right rock star
00:09:05 Dave invites Jerry to Eat ‘em and Smile
00:09:54 Don’t engage the egos!
00:10:49 A lesson on mixing drums from Alex Van Halen
00:15:57 Who doesn’t like IEMs?
00:18:43 Slash says JH Audio Roxanne IEMs made him a better player.
00:19:40 Hard to get the mix right
00:22:07 Advice for drummers
00:25:03 Proper sound check structure is key
00:27:05 Vulture Capital plus General Aviation leads to In-Ear Monitors again!
00:28:31 How to choose In-Ear Monitors
00:35:28 Find Jerry and the team at JH Audio
00:36:18 New Universal line coming from JH Audio!

Beware The Hassle Factor – GigGab 85

microphone-point-of-viewAnother crazy week for your two favorite working musicians means another episode chock full of stories and lessons learned. Dave just finished one theater show and loaded his drums in for another. The show he just finished had him and the rest of the “pit” band prominently on stage, so there were some interesting on-the-job lessons there. Paul played his first show in a new club in a new area, and that taught him a few things about building a new following (hint: elbow grease is only part of it, but it’s a big part!).

Paul and Dave spend the remainder of this week’s episode talking about bandmate availability. Part of that includes reasons (good and bad) why you might not make yourself available for gigs, and the other is just the nuts and bolts of putting together a process to efficiently share that information amongst your bandmates.

How do YOU keep things organized? Let us know!


00:00:00 GigGab 85 – October 10, 2016
00:01:08 Dave’s between shows
00:07:50 Sometimes you can’t build trust
00:08:46 Gone are the couches, back come the bands!
00:10:31 Building a following with elbow grease
00:19:44 Beware the Hassle Factor
00:22:42 Managing availability?

How to Market Your Gigs – GigGab 84

music_market_shopIt’s one thing to put on a great show, it’s quite another to convince people to attend and put their butts in the seats or their feet on the dance floor! Today Paul and Dave talk through a few ways to market Paul’s upcoming gig on Saturday. This is a real world workshop between your two favorite working musicians. We hope you’ll learn something from this… we certainly learned something making it! First, though, we have to address the sad scenario of losing a gig and what to do about it. There’s plenty to learn there, too!

Managing the Vibe at Gigs, Parties and Weddings

mixer-at-partyWhat happens when you expect a dance crowd and get one that wants to listen intently? Every gig is different, and many times you don’t get to control the vibe of the room you walk into. The only thing you can do is control what you deliver from the stage, and sometimes that means adjusting on-the-fly. Hear your two favorite weekend warriors talk through some of the recent scenarios they’ve encountered and how they’ve learned to deal with it. But first, a question from listener Michael about setlist creation tools. Press play and enjoy!

Chapters and Timestamps:

00:00:00 GigGab 83
00:01:14 Of playing and learning “Fool In The Rain”
00:08:42 Michael-Set List Creation Tools?
00:16:59 Choosing an opening song
00:22:06 Vocal and instrumental warmups
00:23:46 On the subject of weddings…
00:30:23 Managing the Party Vibe
00:34:37 Wedding Stories … and Racist Firemen!
00:39:16 Don Henley knows how to build and deliver a setlist
00:47:25 The job of a party band

Falling into the Autumn Music Scene – GigGab 82

guitar laying in autumn leavesAutumn is almost here for those of us in the Northern hemisphere, and the gigs change right along with the New England leaves. Even though Paul’s not in New England (or, well, not usually), he’s experiencing the end-of-summer effect with his west coast gigs, too. Listen to what your two favorite working musicians have to say about this different time of year, and also about booking new gigs and supporting other acts. Name checks this time around include Paul Costley, Little Feat, JAM PATROL, Pitch Slap Percussion and Two Cheers!


00:00:00 GigGab 82
00:00:57 Playing a gig exhausted
00:04:19 Booking agents that work for the club vs. the band
00:06:27 The ethics of booking
00:09:02 The Houserockers back to the clubs
00:13:18 Ahh, drummers.
00:16:42 Blending harmonies … “Seven Bridges Road”
00:18:49 Little Feat – Let’s talk about grace and longevity!
00:25:22 Jam Patrol’s Acoustic Set (including a discussion about Skye using Dave’s wearable Pitch Slap cajon… and its new microphone!)
00:33:27 Shout out to/from Two Cheers Podcast

The Benefits of Intimidation – GigGab 81

hello, I am leaving my comfort zoneDespite the shorter-than-usual gap between episodes, both Paul and Dave found themselves in intimidating scenarios they had to deal with in the moment. Caring about what you do and how you do it is an important trait of being a musician, and sometimes that means external factors drive you to perform better… or worse! Listen to what your two favorite weekend warrior musicians went through this week and how they coped!


00:00:00 GigGab 81
00:01:06 Paul’s back… is back!
00:02:42 Gigs for the weekend
00:04:20 When not to pickup a pickup band
00:09:53 Trust the Universe. It speaks to you!
00:12:12 Monkey Fist… with Johnnie D the “Man Angel”
00:13:16 The building anticipation before you go on stage
00:20:32 The challenge of friendly competition
00:23:58 Dave’s second Bitter Pill rehearsal: Intimidation


Watch What Goes Into and Out of Your Mouth – GigGab 80

allergies-and-face-maskBoth musicians and bandleaders alike have to make split-second decisions and then live with them long-term, and today’s show is all about being a little more thoughtful about the things that both come out of and go into our mouths. Paul and Dave share some recent lessons along these lines to prove that time and wisdom don’t necessarily stay in sync!

Your Two Weekend Warriors Share a Weekend – GigGab 79

Dave's View from behind The HouserockersIt finally happened: Dave and Paul played the gigs together that they’ve been discussing for the past few episodes. As always there are lessons that were learned, stories to tell, and sometimes both are about the same thing! Listen as these two weekend warriors share their shared weekend with all of you!


Chapters include:

00:00:00 GigGab 79

00:01:04 Big Ears

00:05:06 Beginning of the Trip

00:06:10 It all began with wine

00:10:58 Heading to the gig

00:17:59 Your sound is your style

00:20:36 Sorting out the time

00:23:04 Finding the groove

00:26:24 What is Hip?

00:34:17 Sunday – We (ain’t) Got The Power!

00:40:42 GG Outtro

Embracing Intensity and Lessons from the Pros – GigGab 78

drummer-intensePaul and Dave are in the final stages of their shared gig prep, but take a detour today to talk about all the other projects they each have going on and the value of embracing intensity. Then it’s time to look to the pros and learn some lessons about requests and stage presence. As if we thought honing our craft on our instruments was enough, that’s only the beginning!