Band Leaders: Get Your Empathy Elsewhere – GigGab 107

Paul finished his EP and talks about the process of mastering and distributing that. When it comes to cover songs, there’s an additional layer of complexity that Paul sorted out. Then it’s on to gig talk! Do you have someone in your band that takes mental notes during your gigs and maintains the punch-list of things to discuss and tweak? Then, how does your band go about discussing these things? Lastly, music aside, what role do you play in your band? All good for a full GigGab, and Dave and Paul take you on the journey!


  • 00:00:00 GigGab 107 – Monday, March 20, 2017
  • 00:02:07 Finishing and Distributing an EP
  • 00:11:09 Mastering
  • 00:12:27 Gig Talk
  • 00:14:40 Mental Notes at gigs
  • 00:19:13 Do you want to leave them wanting more?
  • 00:26:43 Band Meetings
  • 00:32:33 Personality roles in the band
  • 00:38:40 Talking Stick
  • 00:41:02 Get Your Empathy Elsewhere

Healthy Competition, Studio Songs, & Auditions

Do you and your bandmates ever feel competitive with one another? Channeled the right way, that healthy competition can make for excellent performances and music from your band. Paul and Dave talk through this a bit, but first it’s all about the energy. Sometimes the crowd feeds you first, and sometimes you have to feed the crowd first. How do you do it?

Recently, Dave went on an audition. Hear him and Paul talk about the preparation process and also the things you can do in-the-moment to make sure everyone involved knows what they’re getting.

Lastly, sorry about the audio issues in the last few minutes of the show. Listen and… you’ll understand. Oh, and thanks. 🙂


  • 00:00:00 GigGab 106 – Monday, March 13, 2017
  • 00:01:04 You can’t wait for the energy to start!
  • 00:03:54 Opening up for a DJ
  • 00:05:57 Relaying a “studio song” in a live setting
  • 00:09:05 Audition time!
  • 00:18:19 Horns
  • 00:20:42 Developing that Internal Competition to Entertain!
  • 00:30:18 Most important factor: rocking out!

Do You Have a Tambourine? – GigGab 105

At some gigs, the only thing worse than being asked, “can I play my harmonica with your band?” is “can I play your tambourine?” Listen to what Paul and Dave have to say about this, including what Dave would like to say to the people that ask this latter question. On top of that, your two favorite weekend warriors talk about assembling songs in the studio, learning to lay back, and perhaps a revelation about wireless in-ears! Press play, enjoy, and always be performing!


  • 00:00:00 GigGab 105 – Monday, March 6, 2017
  • 00:01:05 Managing your day job
  • 00:03:47 Managing the acoustic lineups and setlists!
  • 00:05:45 Assembling Songs in the Studio
  • 00:07:51 Learning to Lay Back…
  • 00:10:29 …and learning to accept the results!
  • 00:12:46 Licensing those covers!
  • 00:16:00 Managing yourself in the studio
  • 00:17:44 Do you have a tambourine?
  • 00:23:19 A little bit on in-ears…and perhaps a revelation!
  • 00:26:41 Photo Shoot with Richard Kerris!
  • 00:33:26 Live Photos… and not necessarily the Apple kind!

Fixing Feedback and Stage Sound with Audio Engineer Andy Dolph – GigGab 104

Long-time audio engineer, Andy Dolph, joins Paul and Dave this week to share some tips and tricks for making your band sound its best – and avoid sounding its worst – on GigGab this week. Hear Andy’s microphone recommendations, tips for solving feedback in both the monitors and the mains, mixing advice, and why you should be using a high pass filter on everything. You never thought you wanted to learn about the inverse-square law before, but after listening to today’s show you’ll be glad you did!


  • 00:00:00 GigGab 104 – Monday, February 27, 2017
  • 00:01:39 Theater sound vs. Rock-and-roll Sound
  • 00:07:09 Advice for musicians to make FOH (and on-stage!) sound its best
  • 00:09:09 Nothing but vocals in the monitors
  • 00:13:47 A case study on a band
  • 00:18:05 Which microphone to use?
  • 00:22:32 Inverse Square Law
  • 00:26:07 When a kick drum can be a problem?
  • 00:29:53 The High Pass Filter can be your friend
  • 00:36:00 Buy the biggest mixer you can afford (and carry)
    • Listening to the room
    • Fitting instruments into the mix
    • In-ear tips
  • 00:37:34 Tuning the PA.
  • 00:45:24 Speaker Height and Angle
  • 00:49:30 Compaq Big Band

What’s Wrong with My In-Ears? – GigGab 103

a man's face with smoke coming out of his earsDo you use in-ears? Are you comfortable when you use them? Do they sound right? Paul and Dave dive back into this topic, almost accidentally, and uncover some truths about what it takes to get a good in-ear mix… and guess what? It’s not just up to you and the sound engineer. Your favorite weekend warriors explain! That then directly leads into a conversation about managing stage volume, and how you can make good stage volume your band’s holistic mission. Press play now for all this and more!


  • 00:00:00 GigGab 103 – February 20, 2017
  • 00:01:14 Playing with a click, playing in form
  • 00:07:05 Assigning a leader
  • 00:13:53 Dave’s UE11 vs UE7 Comparison
  • 00:16:03 Tuning your in-ears
  • 00:18:16 It’s your stage-volume
  • 00:29:56 Marketing “special” gigs
  • 00:30:59 Lighting your band
  • 00:39:44 Dare to be great
  • 00:41:10 Recording the band tonight

Production – and Producer – Value – GigGab 102

Your two favorite weekend warriors are in the midst of some atypical musical experiences, and today’s show brings it to fruition. Dave’s playing live with tracked parts… and a click! Paul played live in a jam band scenario and has also been spending some time in the studio. He shares his thoughts about the value a producer brings to not only a project, but to him as a musician. Press play and enjoy, folks!


  • 00:00:00 GigGab 102 – February 13, 2017
  • 00:01:58 Finding Elusive Tempos
  • 00:06:24 A Quick Studio Project
  • 00:08:30 Royalties
  • 00:10:16 Recording with a Producer
  • 00:24:24 Paul’s Jam Band Night
  • 00:34:44 GG Outtro

Tower PA Systems, Working With a Click, & Jam Time – GigGab 101

How does your band navigate the concepts of practice, rehearsal, and jamming? Are they all melded into one? Are they separated out? Paul and Dave discuss and dissect this for you. Then it’s time to talk gear, specifically all-in-one tower PAs. Dave and Paul have recently had the opportunity to check out multiple different tower options from Mackie, Bose, JBL, and Fishman and share their views on all of these. Finally, it’s time to talk about the click, no pun intended. Dave’s a little concerned about an upcoming gig where he’ll play with tracks, Paul’s curious about the concept, and that’s a perfect formula for a GigGab! Press play and enjoy.


Kenny Aronoff Chats about Managing Your Schedule, Working Hard, Being a Team Player & More – GigGab 100

Kenny Aronoff holding his signature Vic Firth drumsticks
For episode 100, drummer Kenny Aronoff joins to make this the episode with your three favorite working musicians! Kenny’s settles right in and talks about how he manages his crazy schedule, honors commitments, deals with setbacks, and never dwells too much on the past because he is always looking forward to the next thing. Full of more energy than Dave and Paul combined (and that’s saying something!), Kenny shares a lot of his life philosophies, too, which all focus on one thing: self-discipline and hard work. After the interview, we’re almost certain you’re going to want to read Kenny’s book, “Sex, Drums, Rock ‘n’ Roll!: The Hardest Hitting Man in Show Business.” Check it out!

We know you’ll enjoy listening almost as much as we had doing the show. Here’s to another 100!


  • 00:00:00 GigGab 100 – January 30, 2017
  • 00:01:57 Interview with Kenny Aronoff
  • 00:02:28 A sample of Kenny’s crazy schedule
  • 00:04:41 Making a film with Steve Bellamy
  • 00:05:54 Managing your schedule
  • 00:10:14 …and honoring commitments
  • 00:15:11 Are you a band guy or lone wolf? Both!
  • 00:16:16 Mellencamp Takes a Break… What’s Next?
  • 00:19:48 What is your purpose?
  • 00:24:00 Sound matters!
  • 00:25:11 Save the gig: “Am I still the drummer in your band?”
  • 00:26:30 How to play that “Jack & Diane” drum solo
  • 00:31:56 What’s the NEXT great song I can play on?
  • 00:35:00 Do people want to play and hear the next great song?
  • 00:38:30 Do you think anyone’s going to give a shit about a Kanye West Song in 20 years?
  • 00:40:51 The long game… takes money
  • 00:41:56 There are no shortcuts
  • 00:45:14 The pyramids! Why not?
  • 00:46:19 There are no participation trophies!
  • 00:48:28 Hard work is transportation through life, fueled by passion
  • 00:49:25 Be a nice guy and a team player
  • 00:50:30 Having Ringo air drumming his parts TO YOU
  • 00:52:57 Connections to Bruce and Neil

The Born To Run-Starship Trooper-Reggae Extravaganza! – GigGab 99

The Born to Run Starship Trooper Reggae ExtravaganzaWrapping up the first 99 episodes, Paul and Dave dive straight into politics (but not in the way that you’d think!), then take a left turn into tribute band territory (but not in the way that you’d think!), and then discuss how your band should approach cover tunes (but not in the way that you’d think!) and finally discuss the Born To Run-Starship Trooper-Reggae Extravaganza (you weren’t already thinking of this!). Check it out and then stick with your two favorite Weekend Warriors as they start into the triple digits next week!


  • 00:00:00 GigGab 99 – January 23, 2017
  • 00:01:07 Music is a good gift to share
  • 00:02:43 Do politics belong in music?
  • 00:10:56 R.E.M.’s “Perfect Square”
    • “Rock and Roll is the most frivolous and important thing you can be doing.”
  • 00:14:08 Dave’s “Classic Prog” Band/Revue Idea
  • 00:27:56 Is There an Audience for Your Labor of Love
  • 00:30:20 How true do you need to be?
  • 00:37:00 Emotion Matters
  • 00:40:48 The Born To Run-Starship Trooper-Reggae Extravaganza!
  • 00:43:34 Gig Gab OUT… and into the hundreds!

Live Inspiration, Sound Tweaks, and Desert Island Discs – GigGab 98

Dave’s back from a musical “destination vacation” so he and Paul discuss the merits of doing that for any band, including some that have ties to GigGab directly. Then, after Paul’s requisite Bruce Springsteen mention, your two weekend warriors share their favorite albums… and that includes another Springsteen mention! Listen to hear what inspires your music geeks here, then let us know your favorites over on Facebook, too. Download, enjoy, and always be performing, folks!