The 1990s Conundrum – GigGab 112

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has some new members, and it’s time your two favorite weekend warriors discuss that! Then listener Ted has some questions about his snare drum sound, and Paul and Dave give some help his way. Lastly, there’s a thread that runs through today’s episode: The 1990s produced some music. Some of that music is great, most is forgettable. Is that any different from any other generation?

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Rock-and-Roll Hand Signals & The Fragility of Changing Personnel – GigGab 111

Paul and Dave take the opportunity today to dig a little deeper into a few topics they’ve mentioned recently. First, though, it’s a discussion about your pack-up routine. Everyone’s got one… and everyone’s a little bit different! Then it’s that ever-lasting discussion about having the right bandmates… and keeping them. A band is at its most fragile when personnel changes are afoot, and that’s the time you need to provide the most care and attention. Finally, your two favorite weekend warriors talk through the on-stage language of music… and how that can easily be misinterpreted without some attention!

Chapters/Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 GigGab 111 – Monday, April 17, 2017
  • 00:02:34 Pack-up Routine
  • 00:05:21 Trusting your bandmates on stage
  • 00:11:44 Finding the same musical dictionary
  • 00:14:12 Auditioning new members
  • 00:17:42 The fragility of changing personnel
  • 00:23:58 What is your band’s business model?
  • 00:30:43 On-stage hand signals

Firing a Club – GigGab 110

a microphone on stage with the text next to it that says "you're fired"Episode 110 finds your two favorite working musicians in an interesting headspace, with Dave even joining Paul on the path to truth and honesty and… the musicians’ way! Ever fire a club? Paul did this week, and he lives to tell the tale. When someone compliments your playing, how humble is too humble? Dave shares his thoughts about this… and you might (or might not!) be surprised what he says. Plus, Dave had his first rehearsal with Uptown Celebration… and that started with a major problem. You won’t believe how it ended (actually, you will… it’s all fine… we just couldn’t help ourselves with the clickbait-style phrase!). All this and more in this week’s GigGab!

Chapters/Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 GigGab 110 – Wednesday, April 12, 2017
  • 00:01:11 Those pesky day jobs!
  • 00:03:30 First rehearsal
  • 00:09:40 Developing that band vibe
  • 00:12:51 Firing a club
  • 00:16:28 Are you entertaining a crowd or bringing a crowd?
  • 00:18:57 Beware the respectless relationship
  • 00:21:47 Defining your own value
  • 00:23:28 It’s ok to be able to play!
  • 00:27:10 Avoid false humility, just be truthful and kind.
  • 00:29:39 Playing a gig to no one
  • 00:32:25 Benefits of everyone in your band enjoying the same music

Pick Up Something When You Drop It! – GigGab 109

Paul put on his acoustic Springsteen tribute show and has many lessons to share from that, including the benefits having an instrument tech on stage to help you. Marketing the event, too, brought more than a few insights, including what you unintentionally wind up doing to market the next event. Dave had an interesting fly-on-the-wall experience with an audition this week that really drove home some important lessons… and your two favorite weekend warriors begin discussing the unspoken language of rock-and-roll. All this and more in this week’s GigGab. Press play, and enjoy!

Chapters/Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 GigGab 109 – Monday, April 3, 2017
  • 00:00:42 Paul’s Springsteen Gig
  • 00:04:02 Using your setlist to craft the mood
  • 00:05:42 The true benefit of having an on-stage instrument tech
  • 00:08:29 Ending big!
  • 00:10:05 Marketing: The event, in general
  • 00:12:26 Marketing: On Facebook
  • 00:15:12 Marketing: The personal approach
  • 00:19:58 Marketing: During the gig
  • 00:21:23 Don’t forget YOUR payoff time
  • 00:25:14 Trust that you know your songs
  • 00:28:37 Logistics
  • 00:31:11 Pick up something when you drop it!
  • 00:33:06 Dave’s jam with C-Spot
  • 00:40:25 The language of rock-and-roll
  • 00:44:16 Dave’s First Uptown Rehearsal
  • 00:46:37 GG 109 Outtro