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!


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 <>
    • 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