Every local band shares at least one concern: keeping your show fresh for your audience. The real question is, how do you do it? Do you take requests? Do you mix up your setlist? Do you ask the audience to become part of your show?
There’s no right or wrong answer here, but one thing’s for sure: you need to answer this question. Dave and Paul have some ideas, too… and that’s what makes this a GigGab! Download, press play, and enjoy.
Sometimes you have to cancel a gig. It happens. How do you deal with it? Your two favorite weekend warriors talk through the realities associated with it. Then it’s time to talk about renegotiating an existing gig. How can you do it? What’s the protocol? Is it OK? Paul and Dave muse on this and discover some answers for you! But first… it’s about tasty harmonies (literally) and hydration. Press play and enjoy!
As a musician, there are always so many things to learn and not all of them are music-related. How much camaraderie do you think you have as a band? How much do you help each other out? Paul and Dave wade into those waters here today and then surf over to discussing gig-specific strategies for setlists and pacing. Finally, it’s a revisit of the Klingon discussion… there were a few things left to say, it seems! Download, press play, and enjoy!
00:00:00 GigGab 123 – Monday, July 17, 2017
00:00:54 Playing in the heat… and bringing the heat!
00:02:57 What to do when the stage clock says “you’re finished!”
00:03:59 Manage your hydration
00:05:34 Quick Tip: Learn how to project
00:07:34 Camaraderie Culture
00:10:22 Gig-specific strategy
00:12:50 Tailored setlists
00:17:35 We’re not saving lives here
00:17:52 Klingons Redux
00:20:08 Fans vs. Scene vs. Friends
00:26:52 The live music fan scene
00:27:42 Sometimes that stranger is a long-awaited friend
One of the best things that can happen to your band – original or cover – is to gain devoted fans. They’re there at every gig, they are your best form of word-of-mouth promotion, and they make you feel like the rock star you are. But there’s a downside to them, sometimes right at the start. Sometimes that manifests itself before you’ve ever met… and they become KLINGONS!
Listen to Paul and Dave talk through all of this, and how they deal with it. Press play, sit back, and enjoy!
00:00:00 GigGab 122 – Monday, July 10, 2017
00:00:52 Gigging is like Golfing
00:03:00 When you don’t have to deal… it’s Nirvana
00:04:23 The opening act for the fireworks
00:06:23 The Gigging Automoton
00:08:52 When you DO have to deal… where is the limit?
00:10:03 Kevin-How to Handle Those Pesky Klingons!
00:12:15 Comfort vs. Affability
00:15:09 “I can’t pretend a stranger is a long-awaited friend”
00:17:03 Dealing with it realistically, respectfully
00:20:09 The fan… is not a friend
00:21:59 Magic Phrases
“I have a system”
“I’ve gotta get some stuff done”
00:23:22 Be self-aware, especially when you get it wrong
00:25:52 Find ‘em a job!
But not using a tambourine.
00:27:49 …and find your limits
00:29:32 GG Outtro
(apologies to the Klingon band, bomwI’pu’, for the reference!)