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!

Analyzing the “No Analysis” Rule – GigGab 87

analyzing-musicPhish cites their new “No Analysis” rule as a foundational reason they’re still playing together. Paul and Dave take a look at this and discuss whether or not this might work in your band (or theirs!).

But first, Dave’s just finished two weeks of Bitter Pill, and he debriefs the experience thus far with Paul, going into some uncharted waters and discussing how important it is to push outside your comfort zone, even if only just a bit.

Paul and his band, The Houserockers, are considering some new songs so he and Dave talk a bit about what it takes to turn a new song into a hit for your band.

All this and more in this week’s GigGab!


00:00:00 GigGab 87 – October 24, 2016
00:04:30 Being on stage with naked people
00:07:12 Wearing makeup when you play
00:11:06 The Houserockers T-Shirt Saves Dave’s Day
00:12:48 Artists are Vessels for Truth
00:14:30 The Hi-Hat Breaks!
00:16:22 Drummer (equipment) issues
00:18:36 Don’t Lose Your Ears
00:22:19 Using a Click on Stage
00:25:27 Adding More Hits To Your Setlist
00:33:29 Analyzing the “No Analysis” Rule
00:43:21 Next week: Roberto Hernandez

Jerry Harvey, In-Ear Monitor Pioneer – GigGab 86

jerry-harvey-audio-jh16v2Jerry Harvey, founder of Ultimate Ears and JH Audio, joins your two favorite weekend warriors to talk in-ear monitors and more. Jerry has seen so much during his career that his advice likely outweighs his stories, and his stories are epic.

Today he offers tips on not only mixing your in-ears, but mixing drums and how to run a successful sound-check, as well. Plus, if you were ever curious about how to go about choosing a set of in-ear monitors, Jerry’s got more than a few things to help get you on your way.

The stories? Well, let’s just say that if you’re driving the right red car down the right street at the right time you might just get introduced to the future singer of Van Halen. Or perhaps hanging out in the right bar at the right time might get you introduced to the former singer of the same. Plus, a scoop on the new universal-fit line coming from JH Audio! Want more? Press play and enjoy the episode. We sure did!


00:00:00 GigGab 86 – October 17, 2016
00:01:39 Jerry Harvey
00:02:38 Hearing Loss leads to invention
00:03:42 Multiple drivers in each ear
00:05:37 Started as a roadie that wanted to mix
00:07:14 A red car can attract the right rock star
00:09:05 Dave invites Jerry to Eat ‘em and Smile
00:09:54 Don’t engage the egos!
00:10:49 A lesson on mixing drums from Alex Van Halen
00:15:57 Who doesn’t like IEMs?
00:18:43 Slash says JH Audio Roxanne IEMs made him a better player.
00:19:40 Hard to get the mix right
00:22:07 Advice for drummers
00:25:03 Proper sound check structure is key
00:27:05 Vulture Capital plus General Aviation leads to In-Ear Monitors again!
00:28:31 How to choose In-Ear Monitors
00:35:28 Find Jerry and the team at JH Audio
00:36:18 New Universal line coming from JH Audio!

Beware The Hassle Factor – GigGab 85

microphone-point-of-viewAnother crazy week for your two favorite working musicians means another episode chock full of stories and lessons learned. Dave just finished one theater show and loaded his drums in for another. The show he just finished had him and the rest of the “pit” band prominently on stage, so there were some interesting on-the-job lessons there. Paul played his first show in a new club in a new area, and that taught him a few things about building a new following (hint: elbow grease is only part of it, but it’s a big part!).

Paul and Dave spend the remainder of this week’s episode talking about bandmate availability. Part of that includes reasons (good and bad) why you might not make yourself available for gigs, and the other is just the nuts and bolts of putting together a process to efficiently share that information amongst your bandmates.

How do YOU keep things organized? Let us know!


00:00:00 GigGab 85 – October 10, 2016
00:01:08 Dave’s between shows
00:07:50 Sometimes you can’t build trust
00:08:46 Gone are the couches, back come the bands!
00:10:31 Building a following with elbow grease
00:19:44 Beware the Hassle Factor
00:22:42 Managing availability?

How to Market Your Gigs – GigGab 84

music_market_shopIt’s one thing to put on a great show, it’s quite another to convince people to attend and put their butts in the seats or their feet on the dance floor! Today Paul and Dave talk through a few ways to market Paul’s upcoming gig on Saturday. This is a real world workshop between your two favorite working musicians. We hope you’ll learn something from this… we certainly learned something making it! First, though, we have to address the sad scenario of losing a gig and what to do about it. There’s plenty to learn there, too!