It Ain’t Bragging If You Can Back It Up! – GigGab 117

band in front of festival crowd viewed from behindYour two favorite weekend warriors have been GigGabbing for almost two-and-a-half years, and the time has come to take a little stock in the action. What have Paul and Dave learned? How have their musical lives changed since the inception of the show, and what changes do they anticipate in the near term?

It’s not all introspective, though, folks. There are some solid lessons to learn in this episode, specifically about dealing with multi-band gigs where you need to share a single stage with several other bands. How do you deal with it? What’s the protocol? And how do you make sure you can put your best foot forward in what’s inevitably going to be a non-optimal scenario?

Chapters/Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 GigGab 117 – Monday, May 30, 2017
  • 00:00:43 Gig Craziness!
  • 00:03:37 Will the theater stuff ever wane?
  • 00:06:07 Don’t be a pesty theater parent!
  • 00:09:37 Festival-style, multi-band gigs
  • 00:13:16 Which gigs do you decline?
  • 00:14:20 Always be fighting for the best situation for you/your band
  • 00:15:09 It ain’t bragging if you can back it up!
  • 00:15:57 Managing the stage with a shared bill
  • 00:20:37 Lessons from GigGab – Dave
  • 00:24:22 The balancing act
  • 00:26:30 Lessons from GigGab – Paul
  • 00:28:34 Interview reflections
  • 00:30:20 Relatability
  • 00:33:38 Shared therapy!

Musical Snobbery – GigGab 116

a pair of glasses, a mustache and a pair of headphones, and the word hipster on a beige backgroundWhat happens when you or someone else starts the wrong song in the set? How do you handle a packed schedule full of multiple rehearsals and gigs in the same day? And how do you deal with a fellow musician who mocks what you do?

These are the questions that your two favorite weekend warriors answer. Heck, they don’t just answer them, they live them. And they gab about them, GigGab style. Press play and enjoy!

Chapters/Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 GigGab 116 – Monday, May 22, 2017
  • 00:01:11 Musical Snobbery
  • 00:08:11 What happens when you put a music snob into the snobbiest music?
  • 00:10:28 What songs do you perform?
  • 00:11:48 The song pipeline
  • 00:17:03 Sonos
  • 00:19:45 Four gigs in 36 hours!
  • 00:26:08 Proper preparation leads to … Great gigs!
  • 00:29:17 Band allegiances
  • 00:32:15 You skipped a song!
  • 00:39:05 GG Outtro

Soft Silicone, Hard Acrylic, and Managing a Trio – GigGab 115

One quick glance at the title and you know this isn’t your average GigGab episode. Thankfully, we’re not that shallow… it is very much your normal GigGab episode. In fact, we dig into every aspect: the touchy feely? Covered. Gear? Covered. Practical how-to-style lessons? Covered! All of this, and more, just as you’ve come to expect each and every time to press “Play” to listen to Paul and Dave. There’s nothing to be afraid of here. Just do it!

Chapters/Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 GigGab 115 – Monday, May 15, 2017
  • 00:01:27 The Beauty of a Trio
  • 00:04:45 Uptown Rehearsal tonight
  • 00:07:39 Here’s your job!
  • 00:09:36 What’s your style in the band?
  • 00:16:13 Weird Drum Parts
  • 00:17:29 Touch Matters!
  • 00:19:34 Learning Lyrics
  • 00:24:35 Forgetting Lyrics
  • 00:25:03 Dan-IEMs: Soft Silicone or Hard Acrylic?
  • 00:29:12 Slacking the love – Loving the Slack
  • 00:34:09 GG Outtro

Exploring the Drummer’s Vantage Point – GigGab 114

Drummers always seem to have a different perspective, and perhaps that’s because they literally have a different place from which they view a gig. If there’s a theme to this episode, that’s certainly a contender! Double-bookings happen, though, and Dave found himself in that scenario. He and Paul talk through what to do in that situation. To start, though, a quick conversation about trusting your crew. That’s an important element in the enjoyment of a gig. All of this just one click away. Press play and enjoy!

Chapters/Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 GigGab 114 – Monday, May 8, 2017
  • 00:03:39 How much sound gear is enough?
  • 00:06:30 Get to the gig… and it’s double-booked!
  • 00:13:23 Fighting for your guys!
  • 00:19:33 Drummer’s Vantage Point
  • 00:26:45 Line of sight to everyone
  • 00:27:35 Who has the baton?
  • 00:30:28 Four hour gigs?
  • 00:32:07 Managing the weather
  • 00:34:00 Sitting in!
  • 00:34:48 Those “Nirvana Days”
  • 00:36:22 Always Be Performing!

Can Anyone Hear the Elephant on the Stage? – GigGab 113

elephant with an electric guitar and a microphoneIt’s time to get pensive, folks. First, your two favorite weekend warriors discuss the “poison in the locker room” mentality that often is the precursor to a band-wide bitch-session. Then it’s on to the aftermath of the bitch-sesh that eventually leads to someone asking, “why do we do this gig, anyway?” That’s a valid question to ask, as long as you ask it of the right person. Paul and Dave will guide you on this. Lastly, it’s all about elephants, and that’s all we’re going to tell you. Press play for more, on GigGab!

Chapters/Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 GigGab 113 – Monday, May 1, 2017
  • 00:01:17 The emotional waver of giggings
  • 00:04:52 Poison in the locker room
  • 00:08:44 Communication leads to confidence
  • 00:10:51 How tactful is too tactful?
  • 00:14:46 The gig gets weird
  • 00:15:10 The frustration of that for which you’re not responsible
  • 00:20:52 Dealing with playing a rough gig
  • 00:24:20 The risks and benefits of Bitch-sessions
  • 00:29:00 Can we still have any fun?
  • 00:31:04 Can anyone hear the elephant in the room?