Always Be Performing…With Semaphore – Gig Gab Podcast 198

This week, your two favorite working musicians dig into the now-overflowing mailbag and share your thoughts and questions with the audience. Hear Kevin’s thoughts about having your own, band-specific, portable monitor rack, DK’s thoughts about the Soundcraft Ui24R, and Martin’s question about mixing politics and music.

Paul and Dave talk through all of these with you, of course, and then share some of their own thoughts as well. Have you had band photos taken recently? What image do you think they convey? What image do they actually convey? Be honest… you know everyone else will!

Listen for more. Press play and enjoy. And remember… A.B.P.!


Dan Meblin from Pop Fiction – Gig Gab 197

Dan Meblin, leader of San Francisco Bay Area band “Pop Fiction” joins Paul and Dave this week to talk through running a successful cover/party/function band. Dan and his bandmates created Pop Fiction after playing together in a band catering to a similar market, and Dan’s history includes both playing in original bands and working in the Silicon Valley technology world.

Dan talks us through creating and marketing Pop Fiction, of course, but also some of the particulars. An on-the-fly segment, “Dan’s Tips for How to Treat a Venue Well” includes a great detour into setting up your own in-ears rack so that you can have perfect stage sound everywhere with very little adjustments needed at each venue.

Dan’s got a lot to share, and share he does. You’re gonna love this one. Press play, listen, and enjoy. Thanks, Dan!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 197 – Monday, January 21, 2019
  • 00:00:45 The snow policy… was enacted!
  • 00:02:14 Dan Meblin from Pop Fiction
  • 00:03:06 Eric Martin Band and Dan’s history
  • 00:05:57 “You Have to Learn To Love Those Cover Songs”
  • 00:08:20 Running your own band
  • 00:10:37 How did you know what you’re doing?
  • 00:11:40 “This Band Sounds Really Good”
  • 00:13:02 Gotta play Public Shows
  • 00:13:38 Follow-ups are key
  • 00:16:12 Venue managers are also your agents
  • 00:17:50 SPONSOR: ExpressVPN – gets you 3 months free with your 1-year subscription
  • 00:20:01 Dan’s Tips for How to Treat a Venue Well
    • Don’t leave garbage with your name on it!
    • Do a Site Check (size, parking, load-in, electricity, schmoozing)
    • Know and Follow The Rules (avoid the bar!)
    • Manage Your Volume
  • 00:25:07 Make in-ears a band-wide priority
  • 00:32:51 Presentation matters: “Dressy Flashy”
    • “You Want to Look Expensive”
    • “Don’t look like a waiter”
  • 00:36:33 Expanding your business options
  • 00:41:19 Intellistage to the rescue
  • 00:44:50 Managing Rehearsals for a Working Band
  • 00:46:39 jamLink for distant rehearsals (2010!!)
  • 00:51:26 GG 197 Outtro

Controlling Your Outward Vibe – Gig Gab Podcast 196

We often talk about stage presence, but what about off-stage presence? And how much is too much? And what happens when a fan reads more into your vibe than you intended?

How do you remain appropriately distant without appearing to be aloof?

Then it’s on to some Cool Stuff Found that Dave encountered at CES. Definitely something here you’ll want to learn about.

Finally, Paul and Dave talk through upcoming shows and how they’re approaching everything. Press play, listen, and enjoy!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 196 – Wednesday, January 16, 2019
  • 00:02:45 Time is the time
  • 00:05:18 Lost some fans
  • 00:15:38 Controlling Your Outward Vibe
  • 00:21:43 New Segment: Cool Stuff Found!
  • 00:22:46 CSF at CES-Soundcraft Ui24R Mixer – $999
  • 00:28:48 CSF at CES-Jammy Portable Guitar – $399 pre-order
  • 00:30:59 CSF at CES-Loop Earplugs – $29.95
  • 00:33:08 Foo Fighters live at CES
  • 00:38:18 Paul’s Tributes: Petty Show, Bruce/Lynda/John Show
  • 00:43:30 New Houserockers Tunes
  • 00:52:51 GG 196 Outtro
    • Next week: Dan Meblin from Pop Fiction

Songs, Lessons, Resolutions, and Synchronicity – Gig Gab 195

It’s been 195 episodes and almost four years. Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton take you through some lessons they’ve learned this year. What lessons have you learned? Send ’em in to


  • 00:00:00 Songs, Lessons, Resolutions, and Synchronicity – Gig Gab 195 – Monday, December 31, 2018
  • 00:01:10 What does New Years Eve mean?
  • 00:04:41 Hedwig and Rocky!
  • 00:07:41 Lessons and Resolutions
    • It doesn’t pay to be cute
    • Read the contract
  • 00:12:46 Uphold the value of the arts
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  • 00:21:13 Think about Sound/Tone/Volume
  • 00:26:58 Have an agreement amongst your band
  • 00:34:52 Resolutions
  • 00:43:38 GG 195

Satisfying Setlists and Christmas Wish Lists – Gig Gab Podcast 194

Setlist with danger sign on it - Satisfying Setlists and Christmas Wish Lists – Gig Gab Podcast 194Your weekend warriors love gear as much as the next musician, so they each take some time to talk through a few things on their Gigging Christmas Wishlists. But first, it’s time for a few discussions.

Do you have trouble memorizing your lyrics? The guys talk through their tips and strategies for that… as well as commiserating about how difficult some tunes can be to internalize!

Paul then talks Dave through the process of building setlists that are satisfying to everyone, band and audience alike. The priorities involved in this process are varied and treacherous, and a few wrong steps can land your band in a bad spot with not only audiences, but amongst yourselves, too.

All this and more!

Know Your Place Amongst Your Fellow Musicians – Gig Gab Podcast 193

Musicians getting together and chattingDoes multitasking work? Wait, what were you doing? You were listening to Gig Gab. Press play to resume hearing Paul and Dave talk through how to know – and respect – your place amongst your fellow musicians. Lots to sort through here, folks, and your two favorite weekend warriors get the job done!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 193 – Monday, December 10, 2018
  • 00:01:10 Multitasking doesn’t work
  • 00:03:53 Giving Yourself the Gift of Time
  • 00:08:22 Know and Respect Your Relationship with Music
  • 00:12:08 The Vibe of an Event
  • 00:16:00 Dos and Don’ts of Networking
  • 00:30:24 Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul
  • 00:38:00 Dave’s Acoustic Monkey Fist Gig
  • 00:50:22 GG 193

Managing Your Holiday Season Calendar & Stomp Boxes Revisited – Gig Gab Podcast 192

Managing Your Holiday Season Calendar & Stomp Boxes Revisited – Gig Gab Podcast 192Managing calendars during the holiday season – especially December – is tough. Listen to how your two favorite weekend warriors are each addressing their December scheduling dilemmas. Then it’s time to revisit the concept of vocal stomp boxes – and stomp boxes, in general. Your comments helped open Dave’s eyes (and mind!) on these, and he and Paul share their further thoughts on the subject. Press play and enjoy!

The Goblin Cock Story – Gig Gab Podcast 191

The Goblin Cock Story, Gig Gab Podcast 191Are originals part of what your band does? If not, have you ever wanted to try and fit some in if you could? Listen to Paul and Dave share their (very different!) experiences with each other about this, including Paul’s commitment for 2019, and Dave’s Goblin Cock story. Oh yes, you’ll want to listen for that. Press play and enjoy!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 191 – Monday, November 26, 2018
  • 00:01:21
  • 00:04:01 Vocal Stomp Boxes Revisited next week in GigGab 192
  • 00:06:10 Birthing original music!
  • 00:07:37 Marrying covers vs. originals
  • 00:09:48 Cowriting vs. Solo writing
  • 00:17:52 The Goblin Cock Story
  • 00:26:12 Original band changing into a Cover band
  • 00:30:32 …and the reverse: becoming an original band!
  • 00:40:31 What’s the purpose of originals?
  • 00:43:26 Re-arranging covers
  • 00:50:42 GG 191 Outtro

Stomping Out the Stomp Boxes – Gig Gab Podcast 190

stomping out the stomp boxesAre you sure you need that effects box? For your voice? In a rock band? Also, if you play a multi-band gig is it appropriate to leave before the entire evening comes to a close? And lastly, how clever are your setlists? And how clever should they be? Paul and Dave answer these important questions for you. Maybe. You’ll just have to press play to find out.

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 190 – Monday, November 19, 2018
  • 00:00:54 Do I Need to go see the Rolling Stones again?
  • 00:07:45 Clever Setlists vs. a Proscribed Show?
  • 00:20:44 Vocal Boxes
  • 00:28:58 Can I Have My Cymbal Back?
  • 00:41:14 Announcing Originals
  • 00:44:40 GG 190

Nashville and The “Rinse” Lesson – Gig Gab Podcast 189

"Always Be Performing" in downtown Nashville at night, with text Nashville and The "Rinse" Lesson – Gig Gab Podcast 189Paul visited Nashville and Dave visited the dentist. One of those things happened in the last week, even, but never fear: they both resulted in relevant stories for you, our listeners. A quick conversation about leverage finds its way into the show, and using it to negotiate non-zero-sum outcomes. And listeners Mike (yes, two of them) have things in the mailbag that your two favorite weekend warriors are all-too-happy to share. Download, press play, and enjoy!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 189 – Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  • 00:00:50 Paul visited Nashville!
  • 00:03:19 Working for tips.
  • 00:09:45 The “Rinse” Lesson
  • 00:14:49 Telegraphing your emotions
  • 00:17:10 Leverage revisited
  • 00:22:19 Mike-CSF-Klang 3D In-ear mixes
  • 00:25:02 Mike-Which board is best for in-ears?
  • 00:30:01 GG 189 Outtro