The R.C.P.M. Formula – GigGab 129

RCPM, The Magic Formula in text over chemistry beakersPaul’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.”
  • 00:06:49 Success Metrics
  • 00:10:06 The R.C.P.M. Formula
  • 00:10:50 Repertoire
  • 00:13:25 Chops
  • 00:15:12 Performance
  • 00:16:24 Marketing
  • 00:19:23 Do you believe your product is worth your price?
  • 00:20:27 Promo Materials
  • 00:21:56 Beware change! Embrace change!
  • 00:25:02 Take your finger off the nuclear button
  • 00:26:26 Leaders: are you a benevolent dictator? Should you be?
  • 00:28:26 Remember you’ve got to rely on each other
  • 00:34:10 Knowing your audience, and catering to them.
  • 00:38:06 What’s your scene?
  • 00:40:32 Trombone Shorty rocks it!

Finding Your Band’s Formula – GigGab 128

guitar as a chemistry beakerWhen 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
  • 00:05:51 Studio tracks vs. Live tracks
  • 00:10:40 Listening to covers of others’ Covers
  • 00:18:42 When choosing tunes: Covers vs. Originals
  • 00:19:53 One formula: pick popular songs
  • 00:25:31 Find a formula that works for your band
  • 00:28:12 Confidence is key
  • 00:31:10 Poker face on stage – dealing with mistakes
  • 00:39:34 Use Your Ears
  • 00:44:29 The musical conversation starts with trust
  • 00:45:53 How do you deal with sloppiness
  • 00:46:42 GG Outtro

Gig Number Three is the Magic One! – GigGab 127

The number 3 in lightsBoth 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
  • 00:40:53 Tweaking Your Own BS Meter
  • 00:43:28 GG Outtro

Always Be … Prepared (and Performing… and Nice!) – GigGab 126

broken guitar with caption "Always Be Prepared (and performing)"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
  • 00:04:52 The variables involved in gigging
  • 00:06:29 Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans
  • 00:07:43 Always Be … Prepared
  • 00:11:04 Timothy-Always Be Performing
  • 00:14:14 Weeknight Gig-hearsals
  • 00:15:43 Pride & Joy played Los Gatos in the Park
  • 00:16:41 Find the right songs for your band AND your crowd
  • 00:18:59 Dealing with an aggressive band
  • 00:24:29 Be mindful of your local reputation
  • 00:28:08 Shoutout to Sage!
  • 00:29:00 GG Outtro