Anxiety, Bad Guys, and Accounting – Gig Gab Podcast 182

Worn out guy in a tie with text Anxiety, Bad Guys, and Accounting – Gig Gab Podcast 182Ever wake up the morning of a gig too nervous to do the gig? Does your band have signals or a plan for when a uninvited guest graces your stage? Do you understand the difference between a contractor and an employee?

Have you never thought about any of these things? Paul and Dave have, and they work hard in today’s episode to distill it all down into examples that mean something for you and your musical career.

Press play, download, and enjoy!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 182 – Monday, September 17, 2018
  • 00:00:49 Fall vs. Indian Summer
  • 00:02:59 Anxiety of a New Gig
  • 00:06:25 Setlist vs. Songlist
  • 00:12:47 Engaging the crowd
  • 00:15:15 Leveraging social media to build your setlist
  • 00:19:40 Honoring one-off requests
  • 00:21:23 Dan-When fans are inappropriate – The Gender Concern
  • 00:27:30 Who is the bad guy?
  • 00:31:43 Who are you?
  • 00:35:43 Employee vs. contractor
  • 00:45:04 Licensing Songs – who pays?
  • 00:47:57 Is a band a contractor?
  • 00:51:51 Does your band carry insurance?
  • 00:53:23 GG 182 Outtro

Evening Flow and Clean Stages – Gig Gab Podcast 181

Picture of band members' feet... and no amps! Also text: Evening Flow and Clean Stages – Gig Gab Podcast 181When is it time to buck the traditional flow of a party or wedding gig and do something a little different? When you have a better idea, that’s when! Dave attended a wedding this weekend and learned quite a few new things just by being a guest.

Paul’s got a club relationship that’s going sideways (and down in pay!) and he and Dave talk through all this and more on this week’s Gig Gab!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 181 – Monday, September 10, 2018
  • 00:02:33 Flow of the evening.
  • 00:07:38 Event planning … Advanced!
  • 00:09:33 Hour-by-hour pacing
  • 00:13:35 When playing those 3 songs
  • 00:16:23 Dave’s first dance: “Suspicious Minds”
  • 00:18:06 Paul’s first dance: “Nobody Loves Me Like You Do”
  • 00:20:00 Wedding guests
  • 00:21:07 Different types of weddings
  • 00:22:11 When the energy in the room … isn’t there.
  • 00:23:14 What’s going to happen next?
  • 00:24:00 Deciding to back off the throttle
  • 00:25:30 Everyone on in-ears
  • 00:27:00 Get the speeches right!
  • 00:30:52 It Sounds Better with a Clean Stage
  • 00:33:35 The Gig That Went Sideways
  • 00:38:29 Adapting to a new pay structure
  • 00:41:03 When do you walk?
  • 00:43:15 Conversation as negotiation
  • 00:46:30 GG 181 Outtro

Do Your Fans Love You Too Much? – Gig Gab Podcast 180

Music fans with heart symbols and text: Do Your Fans Love You Too Much? – Gig Gab Podcast 180A big part of performing live music involves engaging with the crowd. The better you can do that, the better your band will do in a general sense. But there’s a cost… what happens when that one member of the crowd goes too far? What happens when they see the relationship as more than just performer-and-audience member? What happens when they think that you’re friends?

Your two favorite weekend warriors, Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton, talk through this and more here on Gig Gab this week. Press play… and enjoy!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 180 – Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • 00:00:45 Using failure to level set
  • 00:03:43 Paul’s Party in the Park
  • 00:04:26 Evolving your own events
  • 00:06:15 Sensitive to reputation
  • 00:07:11 Proper planning leads to…
  • 00:08:21 …Good Vibe!
  • 00:09:07 But… one more thing!
  • 00:10:12 When a fan has an agenda
  • 00:12:14 Fans distracting your focus
  • 00:13:49 How to handle the over-reaching fan
  • 00:16:30 Notice the clench!
  • 00:18:16 Fan is rooted in “fanatic”
  • 00:19:50 Billy Joel: Don’t take any shit from anyone
  • 00:20:57 Will you play for racists?
  • 00:25:20 Ryan (not Bryan) Adams, the father of alt country
  • 00:28:23 Know who you are?
  • 00:32:17 Do you need closure?
  • 00:37:11 Managing the relationship
  • 00:40:12 GG Outtro

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.


  • 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!


  • 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!


  • 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

The Flow of One Heartbeat – Gig Gab Podcast 175

Heart inside of Treble Clef – The Flow of One Heartbeat – Gig Gab Podcast 175You know that special moment when your band gets to that point where everything’s flowing and you operate on one heartbeat? Paul and Dave each experienced that this weekend in different ways and, of course, they share their experiences.

That’s not all it’s about, though. When you bring in songs for your band, how do you manage your expectations as to what that song should (or will) be when it’s ready to play? Not always easy, especially if the song means something to you separate from all that.

And, of course, Elvis Costello is on the minds of your two favorite weekend warriors… and a Nick Lowe story is thrown in for good measure!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 175 – Monday, July 30, 2018
  • 00:01:48 The Joy of Hard Work
  • 00:03:30 Feeling The Flow
  • 00:05:34 Going with The Flow
  • 00:10:21 One heartbeat.
  • 00:12:41 Finding the right vocal mic
  • 00:15:00 Elvis Costello
  • 00:16:44 Nick Lowe gets a check!
  • 00:18:35 Elvis on the mind
  • 00:20:24 Recovering from Mistakes
  • 00:26:08 Surviving equipment failure
  • 00:30:59 “When the world is running down…”
  • 00:35:49 You make the best of it!
  • 00:39:38 Do no harm.
  • 00:41:25 Triumphant at last!
  • 00:45:37 Gig Gab 175

When Your Brain Starts Playing – Gig Gab Podcast 174

Brain with a guitar saying When Your Brain Starts Playing – Gig Gab Podcast 174Every show has a theme, and after your two favorite Weekend Warriors took a week off from podcasting, they’ve had a lot to think about. It’s no surprise, then, that the theme of this episode is thinking. When is thinking good, and when is it bad? How many gigs is too many, and what should you be thinking about during, before, and after each one?

What happens when someone else shares their thoughts with you? Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton share all of this – and more – on Gig Gab for you this week.


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 174 – Monday, July 23, 2018
  • 00:02:14 The value and privilege of prep time
  • 00:06:05 Sometimes you play the show, sometimes it plays you!
  • 00:08:27 Your brain is not your friend
  • 00:09:47 Hamilton’s Law – Once you go to the brain, you’re dead
  • Jaco Pastorius: “Don’t think so much, man, just concentrate.”
  • 00:10:43 Learning to trust your gut and feel
  • 00:15:02 Telegraphing your feelings on the performance immediately after the show
  • 00:16:16 Dissecting with family
  • 00:17:51 When the dissection goes sideways
  • 00:21:28 What’s your note-delivery vibe!
  • Phish’s “No Analysis” rule
  • 00:27:36 You’re not reading each other’s minds all the time
  • 00:31:11 Playing the 90’s
  • Classic Albums: Nevermind
  • 00:42:20 Sometimes changing the song is the best way to stay true to it
  • 00:46:44 The intricacies of 90’s tunes.
  • 00:51:32 GG 174 Outtro

Buddy Gibbons: Building a Music Career – Gig Gab Podcast 173

Buddy Gibbons Gig Gab Podcast 173Drummer, producer, composer, and singer, Buddy Gibbons talks through his start in marching band, how traditional grip unlocked his entire career, and simply provides lesson after lesson for anyone wanting to create a living playing music. Informative, inspirational, and simply charming, Buddy walks through it all for Paul and Dave and all of you with his head held high. Press play, download, and enjoy!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 173 – Monday, July 9, 2018
  • 00:01:00 Setlist negotiation on headline gigs
  • 00:03:11 Buddy Gibbons, drummer, producer, composer, singer, you name it!
  • 00:04:17 The invisible rock star
  • 00:05:00 Always preparing for the next thing
  • 00:06:03 Music for television
    • LA Dodgers in-stadium music
  • 00:08:50 Marching band geek
    • Second band, first chair, never first/first
  • 00:10:14 Traditional Grip = First Chair
  • 00:11:07 Starting all over again in LA
    • Zildjian endorsement deals
  • 00:12:13 Don’t worry about getting a gig, focus on building your career
  • 00:15:30 Swimming in the Sharks in the Ocean?
  • 00:17:13 Surround yourself with great people
  • 00:19:00 Sponsorships vs. Endorsements vs. Artist Deals
  • 00:21:52 Classic Rock = Modern Country
  • 00:24:13 Marketing to the right people
  • 00:28:39 Marching infiltrating other genres – Creating a niche
  • 00:30:17 Glee is to thank for drumline re-introduction into pop culture
  • 00:31:00 Wanted to be a rock star… but this is what I do
  • 00:32:10 Nashville vs. LA scenes
  • 00:38:44 Don’t let the short game tempt you
  • 00:42:21 Clinics
  • 00:44:59 GG 173 Outtro