Paul’s experience with the Los Gatos Music in the Park series over the past 10 weeks has given him a lot to think. What’s the secret to making a band successful? What even defines success? This is the backdrop today as he and Dave talk through all of this… and more. Hear their suggestion for a magic success formula, too. RCPM!
00:00:00 GigGab 129 – Monday, August 28, 2017
00:03:30 Dave’s Theorum Proven Again!
00:04:08 Pop Rocks plays Los Gatos’s Concert Series
00:05:05 Watching another band totally rock it!
Timothy B. Schmit, “Every band is on the verge of breaking up at all times.”
When you’re picking songs to play, how much attention to you pay to the studio arrangement versus finding a live track? Which have you found works better for you? How do you distill that down in your band’s formula? These are the answers Paul and Dave share in today’s episode. Then it’s on to a conversation about maintaining your poker face on stage when things don’t go as planned. How do you train yourself to do it? How do you keep your cool? Listen… and enjoy!
00:00:00 GigGab 128 – Monday, August 21, 2017
00:01:30 Spring Awakening – an exercise in sight-reading for Dave
Both Paul and Dave had their third gigs with replacement drummers in their respective bands… and they both found that’s the gig when a little bit of magic begins to happen. Hear them tell their tales and dig into the nuts and bolts of it all. Dave also had an experience and revelation with recreational pot at his gig… and it’s not at all like we just made it sound! You’ll have to listen to learn more about that. Then it’s time to answer a listener email about dealing with the ethics and politics of being in the music business… and Dave’s got some recent perspective of his own to share, too. Press play and enjoy, folks. This one’s chock-full of goodness!
00:00:00 GigGab 127 – Monday, August 14, 2017
00:01:25 Paul’s Third Sub-drummer Gig
00:02:30 Charity Gigs are often the best gigs
00:07:20 Dave’s Third Gig with Uptown Celebration
00:08:12 Recreational Pot brings the dancers back!
00:11:20 How to handle a gig after a great rehearsal
00:13:25 Riding the ebb and flow of your band’s successes
00:16:23 Song choices are important
00:22:30 Cross-generational songs
00:23:27 Play the hits!
00:26:26 Don’t Bore Us with Filler!
00:27:17 Email from Mr X: Dealing with Unethical Businesspeople
00:32:07 Creative scenes are both incestuous and competitive
Listener Timothy shares a story that rings true with us and our motto: Always Be Performing! Before we get to that, though, there’s a conversation about another ABP motto: Always Be Prepared. And that doesn’t just apply to equipment – though it’s important there, too – it applies to people. Things just don’t always work out as expected, and that’s a lesson both Paul and Dave seem to continue to have to learn. Their advice: learn from them so you don’t have to make the same mistakes yourself. To do that is easy: just press play and enjoy!
00:00:00 GigGab 126 – Monday, August 7, 2017
00:01:09 Injuries hurt
00:01:47 Sub drummer
00:03:14 Finding the saturation point of your band