The Loneliness Component – Gig Gab Podcast 151

Bagpipe player alone in field – The Loneliness Component – Gig Gab Podcast 151As musicians, we play because we love to play, and it’s an honor to be able to do that. But that’s not the only reason… and some gigs can feel pretty lonely, even if you’re surrounded by a crowd or fellow musicians. Dave and Paul start this episode thinking they have a few different topics to discuss – and they do – but in the end it all comes back to the same thing: loneliness and how to avoid it.

Well, there is ONE topics that doesn’t fit into that theme, and that’s the topic of how much to charge for your gigs and your merchandise. Listen for some essential lessons that your two favorite weekend warriors have learned this week.


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 151 – Monday, January 29, 2018
  • 00:01:26 Bruno Mars
  • 00:03:04 TAMI Shows
  • 00:04:47 Multiple songs by the same band
  • 00:07:46 Gigs for enjoyment, or gigs for a living
  • 00:10:39 Pro vs. Amateur: Don’t Muck Up the Payscale
  • 00:13:40 Asking for more money
  • 00:17:36 The Frustration of Missing Measures
  • 00:21:12 Getting up to speed with (almost) no charts!
  • 00:24:25 Ticket prices – variable wins. Also merchandise.
  • 00:27:38 The science of pricing
  • 00:30:43 The Psychological Difference Between Tipping and Paying
  • 00:32:19 Knowing your Locale
  • 00:33:00 Pay what you want when you leave?
  • 00:34:24 Playing just to sell merch
  • 00:35:50 The Solo Mentality
  • 00:37:46 In the way Wallpaper
  • 00:40:06 Learning to focus when there’s no crowd
  • 00:40:31 Learn your strengths… then exploit them!
  • 00:43:29 It’s not always about you
  • 00:46:10 Owning the Loneliness… and Maximizing it!
  • 00:49:01 GG Outtro

“Up Here, Nothing Can Touch Us” – Gig Gab Podcast 150

The stage is sacred ground for most musicians… but how does it get to be that way? Certainly it’s not comfortable the very first time you walk on stage. Depending on how you look at it, it may never be comfortable walking on stage… and yet, it can still become a comfortable, safe, and secure place for most performers. Paul and Dave find themselves in the midst of a conversation talking about exactly that!

To get there, they discuss some of the issues and hurdles musicians need to jump over and through to set themselves up for success. Knowing your bandmates, understanding your band’s logistical needs, and learning how to (quickly!) learn what it takes to make a room sound and work well are all skills that can set you up for success.

And that, folks, is what Gig Gab Podcast 150 is about, with an unexpected (but heavy!) dose of lessons from and about Tom Petty. Press play… and enjoy!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 150 – Monday, January 22, 2018
  • 00:00:54 Evolving a Venue into a Music Room
  • 00:02:46 The value of appreciative fans
  • 00:03:10 Playing with Human Jukeboxes
  • 00:05:15 Prioritizing fun with gigs
  • 00:10:20 Tweaking Sound in Wooden Rooms
  • 00:13:21 Timing conflicts
  • 00:15:15 The logistics of multi-band bills
  • 00:17:23 Spend the time to do the “Advance” work for your gig
  • 00:19:55 Spend the time to get it right
  • 00:22:47 Tears for Petty
  • 00:25:46 That Gig Mindset
  • 00:27:13 Playing brain versus talking brain
  • 00:28:59 Giving Yourself the On-Stage Freedom to Focus
  • 00:32:31 Being comfortable on stage
  • 00:35:13 “Up here, nothing can touch us”
  • 00:36:44 The bubble on stage
  • 00:36:57 Solo gigs
  • 00:38:27 GG Out

Managing Your Body on Stage – Gig Gab Podcast 149

Paul and Dave each had experiences – from both sides of the “rail” this week – with that concept where musicians need to manage what’s going on inside their bodies while on stage. They talk through Paul’s first gig with the Houserockers new drummer, and Dave’s experience watching seasoned, Grammy-winning professionals … all of which deal with the fact that every musician on any stage – at any pay rate – is simply a human that has to deal with being human!

Then it’s on to some new gear, starting with some in-ear monitors Dave found at CES for less than $25! Paul asks about the new Boss KATANA AIR amplifier, too. All of this on Gig Gab!


Selling Your Band! – Gig Gab Podcast 148

Selling Your Band - Gig Gab Podcast 148Is your band for sale? Of course it is! Otherwise you’re not getting paid. And if your band is for sale, then who is the salesperson? Listen to hear your long-time Weekend Warriors put on the relevant parts of their weekDAY hats and talk through their process for selling … anything. There’s lots to learn here this week, folks, and Dave and Paul are on fire with this one!

Then it’s time to answer a question about setlists, this time focused around managing the energy of the room… both while you’re playing and while you’re not.


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 148 – Monday, January 8, 2018
  • 00:00:57 Paul’s Booking Formula
  • 00:04:10 Looking at the summer
  • 00:07:08 Portraying comfortable confidence
  • 00:10:20 Booking bands at the Pro level
  • 00:12:45 If your band is great, it’s great. Other bookings are gravy.
  • 00:15:45 Be on alert when things are on autopilot
  • 00:16:38 Building trust with new booking contacts
  • 00:21:00 Leveraging the relationships of all your bandmembers
  • 00:25:01 The value of building community
  • 00:26:49 48 years?!?!?
  • 00:27:58 The value of brotherly-love
  • 00:28:25 Integrating someone new into your band
    • Getting ready for immediate gigs
  • 00:29:56 Learning the back catalog
  • 00:32:42 Adding new tunes, too!
    • Chart Check!
  • 00:36:34 Record your shows
  • 00:38:19 Dan-Driving the energy with your setlist and flow?
  • 00:40:53 The flow of the set
  • 00:41:39 Feel out the band
  • 00:45:58 Own your own destiny
  • 00:47:21 Make sure to warmup!
  • 00:49:32 Harness the energy
  • 00:50:44 But learn the energy first!
  • 00:52:11 Managing the breaks!
  • 00:54:24 Learn the way the room flow

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Money – Gig Gab Podcast 147

New Year’s Eve came and went for your two favorite working musicians. One of them played and one didn’t, and they have some stories to tell because both Paul and Dave learned some important lessons that night… and they share! Payment for your valuable services as a musician is definitely a highlight of this episode, and then it’s on to the care one must take when inserting a new member into your band (or inserting yourself into a new band). All this and more… on Gig Gab today!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 147 – Wednesday, January 3, 2018
  • 00:00:51 New Year’s Eve
  • 00:02:05 Playing with musicians that can turn on a dime
  • 00:03:30 Be careful you don’t price yourself out!
  • 00:07:25 Going to check out your local comrades
  • 00:08:39 Back to NYE
  • 00:10:44 Don’t be afraid to Ask To get paid
  • 00:14:51 Contracts are good – except when they’re bad
  • 00:19:01 Make it less nebulous
  • 00:21:54 First Houserockers Rehearsal for Paul all Winter
  • 00:24:27 Joining a new band: ask what your role is?
  • 00:25:33 Juggling multiple versions of the same tune
  • 00:28:28 “But the crowd’s not moving, Dave”
  • 00:30:37 Giving people something to dance on
  • 00:33:19 Pocket vs. Groove
  • 00:35:30 Next time: Setlists!
  • 00:35:57 GG Outtro

Coffee House Gigs & Starting From Scratch – Gig Gab Podcast 146

Coffee House Gigs & Starting From Scratch – Gig Gab Podcast 146Are you someone who’s trying to break into the music scene? Maybe you took some time off from playing or maybe you’ve never played out. What can you do to get going? Your two favorite weekend warriors were asked this question by a fellow listener and they spend some time exploring all the different ways you can make this transition.

But first, it’s time to talk gigs. It is Gig Gab, after all. Dave played a gig on Christmas night(!), and Paul’s exploring the coffee house scene in his area to see what kinds of experiences he can create.

All this and more on the final Gig Gab episode of 2017!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 146 – Monday, December 27, 2017
  • 00:01:34 Christmas night Rocky Horror
  • 00:05:16 Holiday Gigs
  • 00:08:25 Taking the gigs that come in
  • 00:10:38 Acoustic Gigs that are truly acoustic
  • 00:13:32 Coffee House gigs
  • 00:16:17 How to get people to quiet down and listen?
  • 00:20:44 Music rooms vs. Restaurants vs. Other venues
  • 00:22:40 Ross-How to go about starting from scratch?
  • 00:25:36 Jam Nights vs. Gig Nights
  • 00:28:04 Hiring your way into the scene
  • 00:30:01 The hidden gems
  • 00:31:59 A-list cliques
  • 00:34:06 Be discerning
  • 00:37:08 Craigslist – go audition and get yourself hired
  • 00:39:08 Facebook Groups, too
  • 00:45:10 GG Outtro

Crowd (Over-)Participation & Marketing Your Band – Gig Gab Podcast 145

Sometimes that person in the crowd that wants to sit-in can be awesome… sometimes they can be awFUL. How do you tell which it’s going to be? Listen to Paul and Dave share some war stories and advice. Then it’s on to answering a question about Facebook and marketing and more. And, in the middle, Dave talks about a new toy for drummers who want to add some sounds and feels to their acoustic kits. Press play, download, and enjoy! Always be performing!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 145 – Monday, December 18, 2017
  • 00:01:03 Christmas Eve Gigs… and Christmas Gigs!
  • 00:03:29 Full drums in a duo!
  • 00:05:59 Sound guy in the crowd
  • 00:07:42 Letting someone else on stage
  • 00:09:25 The style of a sit-in
  • 00:13:20 Two musicians connecting
  • 00:14:54 Don’t change out the drummer mid-gig
  • 00:17:26 “Never ‘Eff’ With a Winning Streak”
  • 00:18:25 Sit-ins are a social construct
  • 00:21:37 Yamaha EAD10 & DT50S
  • 00:28:11 Lewis-The value of Facebook vs Mailing Lists
    • “Marketing is all about getting impressions in front of people’s eyes”
    • Mailchimp
  • 00:37:33 Coasters with your band name
  • 00:40:49 Learn to focus your marketing
  • 00:47:25 Controlling your marketing destiny
  • 00:57:37 GG 145 Outtro

Listen and Learn – Gig Gab Podcast 144

New sound for your band, new thoughts from your band members, even new sound for the show. Yep, the theme for this episode is, most undoubtedly, Listen and Learn.

First we share a comment about getting sound on stage just right and – no surprise here – it’s all about listening. Then we talk through Paul’s drummer replacement process. There was a message loud and clear there, too. Dave shares a lesson about listening to his fellow band members, and realizing that you’re not always hearing what you think you’re hearing!

Lastly, but not leastly, there’s new sound for the podcast itself, too… and some mid-show tweaks are necessary to dial it in. It’s ALL about listening, including Paul’s dog who has something to say, as well.

Download, press play and – you guessed it – Listen and Learn!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 144 – Monday, December 11, 2017
  • 00:01:37 Andy-Gig Gab 142-Regarding Volume
  • 00:07:40 The goal of good sound is to be able to have instrument
  • 00:14:18 Bryan-Have the drummer auditions happened?
  • 00:18:04 The audition prep process from the band’s perspective
    • “Somewhere between pissed and frustrated”
  • 00:23:10 “Am I the right guy?”
  • 00:27:52 Learning how to listen to your fellow bandmates
  • 00:32:37 Exercises in communication
  • 00:37:54 What do you love?
  • 00:38:44 Paul’s Local Musicians Hangout!
  • 00:40:57 GG Outtro

Pitch is Non-Negotiable – Gig Gab Podcast 143

When it comes to being a singer, pitch is fundamental to doing it right. But that’s not all there is, and your two Weekend Warriors (and still-working-at-it-every-day singers!) talk through their respective journeys of gaining confidence and functionality in front of the microphone. But first, it’s time to talk about making music your life. It’s like two episodes in one, and Paul and Dave share their thoughts about making a living primarily through music. Could you bring yourself to do it? Listen in and cogitate while your two music geeks talk, then share your thoughts in the comments below or send an email to – Always be performing, folks!


Let’s Have The Volume Conversation – Gig Gab Podcast 142

Your band is too loud. Ever heard that before? You’ve probably heard it at every type of gig imaginable. Is it your fault? Yes, it’s yours. Not just you, but not just your band, either. Yep, it’s time… Paul and Dave have The Volume Conversation. Are they honest enough? Only you can be the judge! Listen, learn, and then let ’em have it. Email to let them know what you think!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 142 – Wednesday, November 29, 2017
  • 00:01:10 Mystical, Mysterious, Ethereal Conceptual Talk About Volume
    • “I’m a drummer and therefore I’m guilty”
    • “I’m a guitar player and therefore I’m accused”
  • 00:03:14 Inside vs. Outside
  • 00:04:09 Getting your sound before the gig starts
    • Drummers! Experiment with loosening your snares
  • 00:06:43 Get underneath the vocals
  • 00:08:18 Balancing with everyone else on stage
  • 00:10:03 Learn how to engineer your band
  • 00:13:01 Starting the night the right way
  • 00:17:25 Listen to the stage
  • 00:19:23 Retrain yourself!
  • 00:20:43 Drummers and self-awareness
  • 00:22:37 When the drummer can be your friend
  • 00:26:04 Learn how your instrument needs to fit inside the mix
  • 00:30:25 Volume is a multi-headed monster
  • 00:32:40 GG 142 Outtro