Finding On-Stage Bliss – Gig Gab Podcast 179

Man blissfully playing violin with text "Finding On-Stage Bliss – Gig Gab Podcast 179"In both the lead-up to a gig and the setup at the show there are many opportunities for things to feel like they’re being derailed. Too much of that – really, any amount of that – has the potential to impact your perception of the gig. And, as the performer, your perception is clearly communicated to the audience. How do you get past it?

Listen as Paul and Dave talk through their weekend gigging scenarios that could have been disastrous, yet turned out quite blissful.

Chapters/Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 179 – Monday, August 27, 2018
  • 00:01:03 Line check vs. Sound check
  • 00:03:19 Behringer X32 – There you go!
  • 00:06:12 “There was a green room… evidently.”
  • 00:08:10 Don’t want to cheat the patrons
  • 00:09:38 Proper communication goes a long way
  • 00:11:30 Managing blissful unawareness
  • 00:14:35 Manage communication and emotions
  • 00:17:30 Be happy: Fake ‘til you make it
  • 00:19:50 Managing that first set length
  • 00:21:23 Transitioning from Rocking to Reading!
  • 00:23:36 Surprise: Schedule change!
  • 00:28:37 Remember: It’s probably going to be fine
  • 00:32:38 Take a chill pill
  • 00:34:38 GG 179 Outtro

Managing Your On-Stage Comfort – Gig Gab Podcast 178

Managing on Stage Comfort Levels - Gig Gab Podcast 178

Your comfort level on stage can make or break your performance in so many ways, including how both you and the crowd each perceive the outcome. How do you do it? What tricks can you employ to lean towards success? What’s the magic formula? And, most importantly, what should you avoid?

Paul and Dave talk through all this and more. Press play, listen, learn, and enjoy!

Chapters/Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 178 – Monday, August 20, 2018
  • 00:01:00 Shoulder Ribbing
  • 00:01:59 Last-minute gigs
  • 00:05:25 How under-rehearsed is … just right?
  • 00:09:08 Managing comfort level
  • 00:11:00 Pulling out the old favorites
  • 00:13:16 Managing public appearances
  • 00:16:15 Beware the telegraphing!
  • 00:18:14 “Playing Music” vs. “Working Music”
  • 00:19:38 Uplifting Music
  • 00:24:34 Rock and Roll National Anthem
  • 00:25:46 Contracted sound
  • 00:27:06 PSA: Beware changing EQ when using In-Ears
  • 00:28:02 The power of Bill continues
  • 00:31:26 Don’t take anything for granted
  • 00:34:34 You gotta earn it every night
  • 00:37:13 When do you just keep the band happy?
  • 00:45:03 Four gigs in 48 Hours
  • 00:48:03 Rehearsing Ronstadt
  • 00:50:14 The cost is not the barrier
  • 00:53:04 GG 178 Outtro

The Benefits and Pitfalls of Creating Live Art – Gig Gab Podcast 177

Cheering crowd in concert lights, text says, "benefits and pitfalls of live art, Gig Gab Podcast 177"Art can be created and delivered in many forms, but being on stage and performing live has some unique benefits…and challenges! Listen as Paul and Dave talk through several aspects of this, from perspectives of both the performer and the audience member!

Chapters/Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 177 – Monday, August 13, 2018
  • 00:00:46 Be careful of stage antics!
  • 00:03:32 The benefit of live art
  • 00:06:59 Beware the floor of the stage!
  • 00:07:39 Dealing with on-site front-of-house Sound
  • 00:16:47 Managing stage sound
  • 00:17:44 Controlling drum sound
  • 00:22:51 Finding the right crowds and engaging them
  • 00:27:49 Pushing Beyond the Dance Crowd
  • 00:35:57 Do you know who you are?
  • 00:42:46 Countdowns to downbeat
  • 00:45:27 Analyzing a Brad Paisley show
  • 00:53:43 Understanding the Personality of Greatness
  • 00:57:39 GG 177 Outtro

Shuffling Experiences – Gig Gab Podcast 176

Shuffling Experiences – Gig Gab Podcast 176Sometimes you gain experience, sometimes you get to shuffle, and sometimes you get both.

Oh, also, sometimes you get neither. It’s life, man. That’s how it goes.

This week, Paul and Dave – your two favorite weekend warriors – have many stories to tell. Paul’s band opened up for Eddie Money this weekend, Dave had a rainout, and you might be surprised that these two guys talk about Phish in a way that will likely apply to all musicians. Or, well, all shuffling musicians.

We promise you’ll have at least as much fun listening as we did making the episode. Press play and enjoy!

Chapters and Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 176 – Monday, August 6, 2018
  • 00:01:10 Big music week
  • 00:02:23 Opened for Eddie Money
  • 00:04:54 The learning experience of Buying Price vs. Selling Price
  • 00:06:07 Red flags and contract law
  • 00:09:12 You can’t touch the board
  • 00:11:01 Learning the board!
  • 00:14:16 Show day!
  • 00:18:28 Downbeat.
  • 00:20:06 The decision to go long!
  • 00:22:08 It’s over.
  • 00:23:37 The telltale accent!
  • 00:26:03 Pay me!
  • 00:27:37 It’s about the experience
  • 00:29:50 Managing the energy
  • 00:33:09 Vanity songs that the crowd knows
  • 00:36:26 Interpretations of the Shuffle
  • 00:40:17 It’s not just the drummer… everybody shuffles!
  • 00:46:21 GG 176 Outtro