What’s the Premise of Your Working Band? – GigGab 97

It’s the new year and that’s always a good time to take stock of where you are and focus on where you’re going. That’s true for you as a musician and for your band, as well. What’s the premise of your band? What do you, as a musician, want to focus on going forward? Paul and Dave, your two favorite Weekend Warriors, help you paint yourself a clear picture of what that looks like for 2017 and beyond!

Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff Mentioned:

  • 00:00:00 GigGab 97 – January 9, 2017
  • 00:01:28 Hired Guns
  • 00:05:00 Who’s the target market for the gig?
  • 00:06:29 NYE Gigs
  • 00:07:00 Your Band’s Executive Summary / Success List
  • 00:11:03 The Premise of a Working Band
    • Prepare for rehearsal
    • Dress for gigs
  • 00:11:57 Painting a clear picture
  • 00:16:28 Democracy isn’t always democratic
  • 00:22:45 …but we need to do something!
  • 00:28:00 Take stock, refine, and polish
  • 00:32:00 Next week: Your (and Our) Desert Island Discs

Should Everyone Use the Same Vocal Mic? – GigGab 96


Should everyone in your band be on the same vocal mic or does it make more sense to let the singer choose a mic? What about the sound engineer’s opinion? These are important questions to ask, and Paul throws them into the mix for he and Dave to discuss.

Getting the gig: what kind of demo or sample do you need? Years ago that was audio, but now is it video? Again, Paul and Dave discuss.

First, though, in this final show of 2016, your two favorite Weekend Warriors pay a little tribute and remember some of the more notable musicians we’ve lost this year.

All this and more in this week’s GigGab!


  • 00:00:00 GigGab 96 – December 28th, 2016
  • 00:02:06 Musicians Gone By 2016
  • 00:12:50 Demos as a path to getting a gig
    • 00:15:23 Go into a studio or self-record?
    • 00:17:27 What about video?
    • 00:19:50 Audio can work, but..
    • 00:20:50 Live video is the answer!
    • 00:22:01 The importance of snippets and a highlight reel
    • 00:23:38 Loudr <https://loudr.fm>
    • 00:24:47 Licensing Fees
  • 00:26:32 Should everyone be on the same vocal mic?
  • 00:33:46 Happy new year!

Santa Paul and Santa Dave’s Holiday Wish List for Fellow Musicians – GigGab 95

It’s the season for gift-giving, and your two Weekend Warrior Santas want to fill your gift bag with a few things to make your musical life more complete. Listen to what Santa Paul and Santa Dave wish for each of you. And remember… always be performing!


  • 00:00:00 GigGab 95 – December 21st, 2016
  • 00:01:00 Musicians Gone By
  • 00:02:04 Santa Dave and Santa Paul’s Holiday Wish List for Fellow Musicians
  • 00:02:50 Band Chemistry
    • Schedule a band retreat!
    • Extend your rehearsals, plan offstage time together
  • 00:07:56 Good sound
  • 00:15:51 Good Fanbase
  • 00:19:34 Find the groove.
  • 00:26:40 Reasonable booking people
    • Club owners: comp the band’s food!
  • 00:33:00 Beautiful Vocal Harmonies
  • 00:37:58 New Gear that works (and sounds good)

Maximizing Setup Time, Taking Requests, and Repairing Relationships – GigGab 94

band-gearIt’s time to answer some of your questions. Thomas asks about setup time: how long is too long? what can you and your band do to make it more efficient? Dave and Paul have your answers here. Then it’s on to Matt, whose band was badmouthed by their former singer. Your two favorite weekend warriors talk through ways to repair the damage and move forward. But first, do you take requests? Ever take heat from a club owner for that? It can be a double-edged sword, and it’s one that Dave and Paul have both experienced recently. All of this and more in this week’s GigGab!

Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff Mentioned

  • 00:00:00 GigGab 94 – December 12th, 2016
  • 00:00:50 Requests … The Good and the Bad
  • 00:07:50 Earning and maintaining the trust of your employers
  • 00:11:27 Fostering community
  • 00:17:21 Thomas-Setup Time?
  • 00:31:55 Matt-Repairing The Impact of Badmouthing
  • 00:40:38 GigGab Outtro

It’s All About The Audition – GigGab 93

drummer-playing-kitAt some point, every musician (well, except Paul) will go through the process of auditioning for a band. If not that, then you might be part of a band that’s auditioning a new member. The process can be fun, grueling, enlightening, frustrating and unproductive. But it’s a means to an end, and you can make the best of it.

Listen to your two favorite Weekend Warriors talk about their auditioning experiences. Hear what worked, what didn’t, and learn some tricks that Paul and Dave have developed over the years.

Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff Mentioned:

  • 00:00:00 GigGab 93 – December 5th, 2016
  • 00:00:43 Weekend gig debrief
  • 00:09:30 Paul Simon
  • 00:11:51 Auditioning
  • 00:33:35 Be careful how you make your decision
  • 00:37:13 Ask about substance use
  • 00:38:09 Match the time commitment
  • 00:40:44 Have the money talk!
  • 00:42:13 As always, GigGab brings it back to common respect

What’s That Groove? – GigGab 92

Max Weinberg Groove QuoteGroove. What is it? What defines it? What makes it good? What’s obvious when it’s missing? How do you find it? That’s the core of today’s show folks, as your two favorite weekend warriors set about answering this question. Out of that conversation comes some road-tested tricks for ensuring you find the groove before you start the tune, and what to do when it doesn’t work.

Of course, Paul and Dave love their gear, and not just the stuff they use on stage. Dave talks about his new Ultimate Ears earpieces, and he and Paul open the show talking about something they only use at home: Sonos. Great stuff all around! Give it a listen and enjoy.

Stuff Mentioned:


00:00:00 GigGab 92 – November 28, 2016
00:01:38 Sonos
00:06:29 Weekend Gig Recap
00:08:27 Inspecting The Groove
00:24:17 Tricks for finding the groove
00:28:34 Ultimate Ears UE11-Pro Ambient
00:37:48 Next week teaser: Auditioning
00:38:58 Giggab Outtro

Tax Gab & Gear Gab – GigGab 91

guitar-paperwork-square As all working musicians know, those fun New Year’s Eve gigs re followed-up by a hangover of tax season. But, as with all hangovers, if you properly prepare for it you can limit the pain. For this, your two Weekend Warriors talk through their strategies of keeping the books straight and simple and also share some of their tax tips, too. Paul and Dave aren’t accountants, of course, but they can at least help you know what questions to ask when you visit your tax professional.

Then, because there’s no better way to flush the bad taste of taxes out, it’s time for Gear Gab! Dave and Paul both talk about the benefits and curses involved with “electrifying” their preferred acoustic instruments. Dave has reviewed a couple of different Yamaha electronic kits, and Paul talks through his favorite (and NOT favorite) acoustic guitar pickup options. Finally, Dave talks about his new ears… that Jerry Harvey sent him. All this and more… on GigGab!

Stuff Mentioned:


00:00:00 GigGab 91 – November 21, 2016
00:00:54 Holiday-themed Gigs
00:04:07 Of Music and Taxes
00:13:16 Turbotax Online Filing
00:14:48 Sending out 1099s
00:20:57 Make sure you file correctly
00:23:13 Electronic Drums
00:26:36 Guitar modeling
00:27:30 Yamaha DTX562K Electronic Drum Kit
00:32:07 Yamaha DTX760K Electronic Drum Set
00:36:06 Making Acoustic Guitars Electric
00:44:11 JH Audio Layla In-Ear Reference/Mastering Monitors

Four-Walling, Tribute Acts, and Substance Use – GigGab 90

empty stage with purple lightsSome important topics addressed this week, including the special benefits of doing a tribute act as well as the concept of “four-walling” your own show and managing the whole night. That conversation is bookended by equally-important discussions about the substances on which both your crowd and your bandmates (and you) choose to use at your shows. How do you set those rules? What do you do when they’re broken? Oh the twists and turns you’ll take! This week’s GigGab is all over the map, but the path makes sense once you’re along for the ride.

Stuff Mentioned:


00:00:00 GigGab 90 – November 14, 2016
00:00:20 Gig Gab becomes Geek Gab … for a minute (but it’s better than Politics Gab!)
00:04:35 Do we, as weekend warriors, have a platform?
00:10:09 What kind of crowd do you want, drunk or stoned?
00:12:11 Four-walling a gig
00:14:20 An evening of Acoustic Bruce Springsteen!
00:16:13 Marketing. Everything’s Easy when it’s Easy.
00:18:12 Tribute Acts Raise the Bar
00:21:12 Is a Rush tribute band in one of your hosts’ future?
00:24:11 You ever play NOT sober?
00:26:09 The Fog of San Francisco
00:33:14 December People … are coming to town!
00:34:10 GigGab 90 Outtro

Sound Sources, Merchandise and Pay – GigGab 89

You know where your amps and drums and mics go, but what about your mains? Any ideas? It’s worth not just making an assumption every time you walk into a new room, and Paul and Dave start that conversation for you. Merchandise can either be a huge benefit or a huge time-suck for your band, and it all depends on who you are. Listen to Paul and Dave and then share your thoughts with them, too! Of course, it wouldn’t be GigGab without a philosophical discussion of some type, and Paul leads us all down the path of discussing when it’s time to turn down a gig. Good stuff this week, all packed into 35 minutes!


00:00:00 GigGab 89 – November 7, 2016
00:00:45 The Houserockers return to the stage
00:01:20 Bitter Pill Debrief
00:09:21 Triangle Stages
00:14:12 Principle vs. Reality
00:17:29 How much is not enough?
00:18:40 At one point do you turn down a gig?
00:21:48 Define a value for your music
00:25:56 Stereo sound vs. single-source
00:28:17 Merchandise!
00:34:51 GigGab 89 Outtro

Roberto R. Hernandez, The Unstarving Musician – GigGab 88

unstarving-musician-bookRoberto R. Hernandez joins Paul and Dave to talk about the genesis of his new book, The Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs. The discussion starts with how Roberto set about to write the book, and then opens up into more of a GigGab-style chat about some of the topics covered within. Relationship management, venue interaction, negotiating, personality and, yes folks, subbing are all on the list of topics your three Weekend Warriors discussed during this week’s GigGab. Listen to the podcast, then go check out the book!


00:00:00 GigGab 88 – October 31, 2016
00:01:38 Roberto R. Hernandez
00:02:28 The Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs
00:02:50 WHY did you write this book
00:05:14 From Mindmap to Published Book!
00:07:55 Relationships matter above all
00:10:03 Venues have frustration, too.
00:11:45 It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
00:13:10 Advice from the book: Getting paid what you’re worth
00:15:12 Evaluating the ego check
00:16:10 What are you worth?
00:19:00 Negotiating with confidence
00:21:09 Don’t try to be the best musician in the room
00:23:36 Become the best sub in the world
00:29:31 The dark side of subbing
00:32:50 Tips from Roberto
00:35:00 Make your own Posters
00:37:00 Buy the Book!