Time Flies … But it still Matters! – GigGab 108

swinging metronome with quote "time flies... but it still matters!"Today your two favorite working musicians launch right into a verbal jam session, with topics seemingly all over the map, but tying together in the best ways. Are you like Paul where you’re looking forward to every gig all week and all day? Or are you more like Dave where you’re ecstatic to do the gig, but the logistics are enough to convince you that a cancelation is A-OK?

Continuing the analysis, when you go see a band do you just let go and enjoy? Or do you enjoy while simultaneously noting all the things you’d either like to add to your own playing or intentionally avoid? How do you feel about a drummer who can’t – or doesn’t – keep time?

Lastly, are weed bars the future of live music venues? All this and more on GigGab!

Chapters/Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 GigGab 108 – Monday, March 27, 2017
  • 00:01:07 Apple Market Forum
  • 00:01:26 Letting the music be your outlet
  • 00:03:55 Dave’s Internal Dialogue
  • 00:05:40 Let It Be, Dave!
  • 00:06:10 Green Day: Why only floor toms in the subs?
  • 00:09:01 Green Day: Time matters!
  • 00:16:49 Superstition on Sesame Street!
  • 00:17:46 Expanding your band’s reach
  • 00:22:52 Are Weed Bars the Future of Live Music?
  • 00:23:19 Always Be Performing… Serendipity Will Eventually Catch You!
  • 00:24:44 Fun with Numbers
  • 00:25:08 Creating your own gigs to build the scene
  • 00:28:43 Defining the cover charge
  • 00:31:22 Cover musicians rely on the stars aligning
  • 00:36:21 What do you charge?
  • 00:37:42 GG 108 Outtro

Band Leaders: Get Your Empathy Elsewhere – GigGab 107

Paul finished his EP and talks about the process of mastering and distributing that. When it comes to cover songs, there’s an additional layer of complexity that Paul sorted out. Then it’s on to gig talk! Do you have someone in your band that takes mental notes during your gigs and maintains the punch-list of things to discuss and tweak? Then, how does your band go about discussing these things? Lastly, music aside, what role do you play in your band? All good for a full GigGab, and Dave and Paul take you on the journey!

Chapters/Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 GigGab 107 – Monday, March 20, 2017
  • 00:02:07 Finishing and Distributing an EP
  • 00:11:09 Mastering
  • 00:12:27 Gig Talk
  • 00:14:40 Mental Notes at gigs
  • 00:19:13 Do you want to leave them wanting more?
  • 00:26:43 Band Meetings
  • 00:32:33 Personality roles in the band
  • 00:38:40 Talking Stick
  • 00:41:02 Get Your Empathy Elsewhere

Healthy Competition, Studio Songs, & Auditions

Do you and your bandmates ever feel competitive with one another? Channeled the right way, that healthy competition can make for excellent performances and music from your band. Paul and Dave talk through this a bit, but first it’s all about the energy. Sometimes the crowd feeds you first, and sometimes you have to feed the crowd first. How do you do it?

Recently, Dave went on an audition. Hear him and Paul talk about the preparation process and also the things you can do in-the-moment to make sure everyone involved knows what they’re getting.

Lastly, sorry about the audio issues in the last few minutes of the show. Listen and… you’ll understand. Oh, and thanks. 🙂

Chapters/Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 GigGab 106 – Monday, March 13, 2017
  • 00:01:04 You can’t wait for the energy to start!
  • 00:03:54 Opening up for a DJ
  • 00:05:57 Relaying a “studio song” in a live setting
  • 00:09:05 Audition time!
  • 00:18:19 Horns
  • 00:20:42 Developing that Internal Competition to Entertain!
  • 00:30:18 Most important factor: rocking out!

Do You Have a Tambourine? – GigGab 105

At some gigs, the only thing worse than being asked, “can I play my harmonica with your band?” is “can I play your tambourine?” Listen to what Paul and Dave have to say about this, including what Dave would like to say to the people that ask this latter question. On top of that, your two favorite weekend warriors talk about assembling songs in the studio, learning to lay back, and perhaps a revelation about wireless in-ears! Press play, enjoy, and always be performing!

Chapters/Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 GigGab 105 – Monday, March 6, 2017
  • 00:01:05 Managing your day job
  • 00:03:47 Managing the acoustic lineups and setlists!
  • 00:05:45 Assembling Songs in the Studio
  • 00:07:51 Learning to Lay Back…
  • 00:10:29 …and learning to accept the results!
  • 00:12:46 Licensing those covers!
  • 00:16:00 Managing yourself in the studio
  • 00:17:44 Do you have a tambourine?
  • 00:23:19 A little bit on in-ears…and perhaps a revelation!
  • 00:26:41 Photo Shoot with Richard Kerris!
  • 00:33:26 Live Photos… and not necessarily the Apple kind!