Value Simplicity, Highlight the Differences – Gig Gab Podcast 170

Picture of drum set with lyrics on bass drum, text Value Simplicity, Highlight the differences, Gig Gab Podcast 170How do cruise ships, fiddle players, Joe Zawinul, percussive guitar, and taping lyrics to a kick drum all tie together? If you had asked Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton that question before they recorded this episode, they probably wouldn’t have had an answer.

Now, though, not only do they have an answer, you do, too. Download or just press play and enjoy!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 169 – Monday, June 18, 2018
  • 00:01:04 Alaska thoughts lead to…
  • 00:01:39 Cruise ship bands!
  • 00:05:39 The logistics of the R&B band aboard the ship
  • 00:09:33 Dave Matthews Band Changes
  • 00:15:38 Feel the groove
  • 00:18:15 The uniqueness of DMB
  • 00:26:06 An eclectic mix
  • 00:29:53 DOMi with Jazz is PHSH
  • 00:35:34 In-Ears Warning
  • 00:39:57 Follow the lyrics!
    • The Value of Simplicity
  • 00:50:17 GG 170 Outtro

Music From the Fan’s Perspective – Gig Gab Podcast 169

Picture of a crowd at a bar with the text Music from the fan's perspective - Gig gab podcast 169Bars are intimidating things to some people. When was the last time you, as a musician, thought about that?

It’s good to think about music from your audience’s perspective and consider the vibe that you’re creating for them… and that’s exactly what Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton talk about today. From attitude to song selection to choosing the actual room you’ll play in, you can control the vibe before the downbeat even happens.

Listen, learn, and let your two favorite podcasters know what you think! is where the mailbox is always open for you.

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 169 – Monday, June 11, 2018
  • 00:02:29 Hearing the subtlety in harmonies
  • 00:03:38 Managing Humility and Confidence
  • 00:05:27 Developing Chemistry
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  • 00:11:36 Music From the Fan’s Perspective
  • 00:18:50 Put Yourself in their shoes
  • 00:20:41 Sharing yourself
  • 00:23:37 Be present and in the moment
  • 00:25:18 You can’t be that if you’re not that!
  • 00:26:53 What does your scene need?
  • 00:30:35 Serve the vibe instead of enforcing your will
    • “Bars are intimidating things”
  • 00:37:26 GG Outtro

The Art of “No” – Gig Gab Podcast 168

The Art of No, Gig Gab Podcast 168“Hey, would you like to do a project together?” It’s easy when your answer is “yes,” but what happens when it’s not? How do you deal with this now-difficult scenario? Paul and Dave talk through all of this for you today. We’re not sure they come up with the magic answer, but there might be a magic phrase or two that they share.

Then Paul nudges Dave into talking about playing “behind the beat” and what that all means. Do you know? Do they? You’ll have to listen to find out! Press play, download, and enjoy!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 168 – Monday, June 4, 2018
  • 00:01:04 The Art of “No”
  • 00:04:57 Be Honest
  • 00:07:39 Watch social cues
  • 00:10:17 Educating someone
  • 00:16:30 “What do you have in mind?”
  • 00:21:29 Framing your Nos (not your Nose)
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  • 00:26:16 Dead and Company
  • 00:29:00 Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti, John Mayer
  • 00:32:48 Kreutzmann’s playing Behind the Beat
  • 00:41:55 Paul’s playing in a Fogerty Tribute
  • 00:43:50 GG 168

Paging Mr. Murphy – Gig Gab Podcast 167

Broken Snare Drum HeadHow tough do the tough conversations get in your band? Today Paul and Dave talk through some of their experiences with that, especially as it relates to band members relative preparedness levels. Yeah, that’s a mouthful, and that’s not all there is in this episode.

Your two favorite weekend warriors have been busy. Paul’s been digging into what it takes to raise your price, and he and Dave talk through that. Dave’s been busy with two tech weeks happening simultaneously this week… and that meant he ignored one of his superstitions… and got caught!

Hear all about this and more during Gig Gab. Press play and enjoy!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 167 – Monday, May 28, 2018
  • 00:01:57 Double Tech Week
  • 00:07:06 Too Much Monkey Business… and Too Much 50s Music
  • 00:08:58 Superstitions
  • 00:12:38 Improvising Solutions in the Moment
  • 00:15:21 Raising the Pricing Bar
    • Believe the price for which you’re selling
  • 00:18:16 Set the price
  • 00:22:33 Understand your leverage
  • 00:24:20 Quoting The Brilliant Professional Billy Joel
  • 00:28:07 Tough Conversations
    • “Everybody does the same work”
  • 00:35:50 Spot-checking vs. Illuminating Unpreparedness
  • 00:38:31 Rehearsal is not the place where you learn the song
  • 00:41:24 Learn what corners to cut
  • 00:44:20 GG 167

How Much Ego is Too Much Ego? – Gig Gab Podcast 166

singer onstage in front of lights Gig Gab Podcast 166Today, Paul and Dave jump from subject to subject in a seemingly random fashion (hint: whatever they write next, it was random). But it’s never truly random, is it? Nope. This one is about ego. Seeing egos on stage, managing your own ego, when to have one, when to suppress it, and when to use strobe lights to manufacture it! (Ok, you’re going to have to listen for the explanation on that last bit).

But really, the big question to be answered is: what are hackles?

(No, seriously. They ask this question like three times in the episode. Just send them an email at so they don’t ask again next week!)

All this – and much, much more – in Gig Gab today. Download, press play, and enjoy!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 166 – Monday, May 21, 2018
  • 00:01:00 RANT ON: “Best party band”
  • 00:04:43 What are hackles?
  • 00:06:37 Richard Ashcroft – Tuning his guitar
  • 00:10:36 Liam Gallagher
  • 00:13:26 Strobe Lights
  • 00:15:26 Don’t forget about the lights!
  • 00:18:20 Thunderpussy – What’s in a name?
  • 00:21:41 Filling your Calendar vs. Getting your Price
  • 00:27:52 Communicating with Confidence, Not Cockiness
  • 00:30:11 Watch your tone!
  • 00:33:51 When to fill the schedule?
  • 00:38:17 GG 166 Outtro

Eating at the Grown-Ups’ Table – Gig Gab Podcast 165

Picture of piano-shaped table. Today Paul and Dave get cerebral, which is fitting given where the conversation goes. Come sit at the Grown-Ups’ Table (just this once!) and enjoy a heady conversation about managing all day gigs, managing the song list, fostering FOMO and, of course, the “Sweet Home Alabama” vs. “Freewill” discussion.


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 165 – Monday, May 14, 2018
  • 00:01:24 All-day gigs
  • 00:04:11 Jazz vs. Cocktail music
  • 00:08:30 Managing the Song List
  • 00:10:34 Charts on Stage
  • 00:15:19 Live without a net
  • 00:17:00 Managing a Good Show vs. Fostering FOMO
  • 00:20:49 Bonus stage time!
  • 00:23:44 There is a time for a discussion
  • 00:25:13 Follow the setlist or follow the vibe?
  • 00:28:20 The Value of Complexity
  • 00:34:40 “Sweet Home Alabama” vs. “Freewill”
  • 00:41:31 “Eating at The Grown-Ups’ Table”
  • 00:43:05 GG 165

Intentional Collaboration – Gig Gab Podcast 164

intentional collaborate gig gab podcast 164Whether you’re a band or a solo artist, a musical performance is always a collaboration. There are sound engineers, bandmates, audience members, and venue staff that are all involved in making your performance a success. Today Paul and Dave talk through the realities of this, both objectively as outsiders and also what it’s like to deal with it all in the moment. “Intentional collaboration” becomes the theme of this episode, though “being a good musical citizen” or, if successful, “the mutual admiration society” would also fit.

Going with their new trend, your two favorite weekend warriors include a couple of tips in this episode, too. Press play, listen, and enjoy. Then write in to and let Paul and Dave know what you think!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 164 – Monday, May 7, 2018
  • 00:00:56 Vocal warm-ups during allergy season
  • 00:03:17 Tenor vs. Rock Tenor
  • 00:05:13 Warm ups
  • 00:10:00 Relatively relative pitch
  • 00:13:48 Paul Kent’s Springsteen Night
  • 00:14:57 Sitting crowds vs. standing crowds
  • 00:16:04 You gotta earn it every time
  • 00:19:15 Digesting the reviews
  • 00:21:16 A video camera doesn’t capture everything
  • 00:22:49 Balancing technicality with feel
  • 00:28:43 The Church Ladies
  • 00:31:18 The Mutual Admiration Society
  • 00:33:30 Managing the competition, internally and externally
  • 00:35:31 Making yourself sound good, making your band sound good
  • 00:38:40 Playing someone else’s drums/gear, adapting.
  • 00:39:45 Being a good musical citizen
  • 00:41:25 Intentional collaboration
  • 00:45:47 Tip: Be both the ‘Chuch of No’ and the ‘Church of Yes’
  • 00:49:07 Performance tip: look at the person who’s singing or soloing.
  • 00:52:37 GG 164 Outtro

The China Buddha Fat Man Conundrum – Gig Gab Podcast 163

The China Buddha Fat Man ConundrumSometimes there are songs you play even though you don’t like them. Most of the time you play songs you like. If you’re lucky, though, every now and then you get to play a song you truly love. Yeah, yeah, we’re all pros and we always say, “my favorite song is the one I’m playing,” but that’s not necessarily true, is it?

Paul and Dave talk through different ways of navigating this reality in today’s episode. It won’t seem like it at first, but that’s how Gig Gab goes, doesn’t it? By the end, it’s all related. Come join the family. Press play and enjoy!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 163 – Monday, April 30, 2018
  • 00:02:07 Understanding the role of a front person
  • 00:05:43 Gary Cherone
  • 00:09:24 Routing for your success
  • 00:10:11 When it locks in like butter
  • 00:13:00 What it takes to be a sub
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  • 00:21:57 The Opportunity to Play Music that Matters To You
  • 00:24:32 The magic sync!
  • 00:28:17 Familiarity and Comfort Makes the Gig spectactular!
  • 00:29:22 The musical dictionary that’s a part of who you are
  • 00:30:27 The China Buddha Fat Man Conundrum
  • 00:37:18 What happens if the energy coming back is less than the movie in your mind?
  • 00:39:00 Lay it all out there
  • 00:44:07 GG 163 Outtro

Performance Tips 101 – Gig Gab Podcast 162

Performance Tips 101 overlaid onto a picture of a rock band performingWe always say, “Always Be Performing”, but what does that mean to you? Are you actively performing? Are you thinking about what to do to perform? Or are you just letting it happen naturally?

Is naturally good enough for you and your crowd? And are you the kind of musician for whom “good enough” would suffice in any other aspect of what you’re doing on stage?

Paul and Dave spend some time today talking through what it means to be a performer and begin answering some of these questions… or at least begin asking them in a way that will make you think.


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 162 – Monday, April 23, 2018
  • 00:02:21 Springsteen Songs are Weird to Play in a Dance Band
  • 00:05:51 Teaching people Cover Songs that Matter to You
  • 00:07:51 Learning from the Live Versions
  • 00:11:22 Know who you are as a band
  • 00:15:25 Using tracks for sounds
  • 00:19:00 Is it pure to play with a track?
  • 00:21:50 Performance 101 Tips
  • 00:23:21 The Soloist Spotlight
  • 00:27:14 Always Be Performing!
  • 00:29:07 The benefit – and curse – of watching your own performances
  • 00:31:43 Performance 101 Cheat Sheet
    • Smile!
    • Be Engaged on Stage
    • Interact with your bandmates
    • Don’t telegraph clams
  • 00:37:41 Look the part… but look the same
  • 00:41:31 Does your band have a Mission Statement?
  • 00:44:21 Know Your Commitments
  • 00:46:20 Know your hand signals
  • 00:47:19 Think about the sound in the room
    • Think about how you look
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  • 00:51:14 Treat performance as another skill to develop
  • 00:54:11 GG 162 Outtro

Everyone is Brave Online – Gig Gab Podcast 161

Today your two favorite weekend warriors have a jam session of the spoken kind. Covering topics from early start times, ways to bring the same crowd back again and again, playing for opportunities instead of dollars, and proactively replacing gear, they cover a lot of ground.

Paul and Dave also address the Facebook dilemma that’s been plaguing humans ever since we discovered the ability to argue via text communication in a public forum, aka The Facebook Dilemma. You know your favorite weekend warriors are geeks, and today they wear that on the outside a little bit for you.

Press play, sink in, and enjoy.


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 161 – Monday, April 16, 2018
  • 00:02:10 Rest and Recovery Time is important
  • 00:02:47 Playing in the sunshine!
  • 00:04:43 Early start times for local gigs
  • 00:05:27 Know your market
  • 00:07:35 Opportunity in the earlier evening
  • 00:08:12 Managing an average attendance night
  • 00:09:27 Don’t outsmart yourself with your schedule!
  • 00:11:35 Creating episodic live music “content”
  • 00:16:08 Choose people who don’t want to let others down
  • 00:18:02 Being respectful of both the audience and your fellow musicians
  • 00:19:27 SPONSOR: – GigGab2018 saves you 15% off licensing fees
  • 00:21:39 Should musicians entertain when the venue doesn’t provide compensation
  • 00:25:20 Choosing your gigs, eyes wide open!
  • 00:28:36 The Facebook dilemma
  • 00:30:36 Confirmation Bias: I Think Everyone’s Brave Online
  • 00:31:20 Consider the repercussions
  • 00:34:24 The 4-way stop point
  • 00:36:11 Proactively Replacing Gear
  • 00:39:12 Playing the odds!
  • 00:43:42 Buy the right gear and protect your gear
  • 00:46:09 Gibson Les Paul Clones – Kris Derrig Luthier
  • 00:47:29 GG 161 Outtro