How does your band divvy up gig money? Is there transparency or is it just flat-rate and that’s that? Paul and Dave talk through the finer (and not-so-finer!) points of this. Then it’s time to revisit the in-ears conversation, this time focusing on perfection. First though, Dave’s Gone Skiing… and he loved it, but not in the way you’d think. Listen in for more!
00:00:00 GigGab 133 – Monday, Sept 25, 2017
00:01:33 Amped after a gig… it happens to all of us!
Everyone wants their moment to shine, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing for everyone. Figuring out what that means for you is important. Even moreso, though, is figuring out what that means for your band members. Whether you’re a leader or in a democratic scenario, making sure everyone feels like they got what they needed out of a gig is vital to your band’s long-term success. Paul and Dave talk through some lessons they’ve learned along these lines over the years.
Then it’s time to talk about confidence. Having it, shaping it, breaking it, finding it, building it. Confidence is the key to making your performances entertaining for your audience. Paul and Dave have some experience – and missteps! – for this topic, as well. Press play… and enjoy!
00:00:00 GigGab 132 – Monday, Sept 18, 2017
00:02:07 What does “Your Moment to Shine” mean to you?
00:05:49 Fitting in those obscure, mid-tempo numbers
00:06:55 Sideman vs. Bandmember
00:10:52 What tunes totally work?
00:14:05 Don’t ignore the quiet bandmembers
00:14:51 Obscure tunes: band buy-in
00:16:36 Specific versions of specific songs
00:21:18 Don’t keep your band in a box
00:24:10 On-stage communication microphones
00:27:32 Letting A-Players play their A-Game
00:29:07 Paul’s Springsteen gig … again!
00:31:08 External factors getting into your head
00:37:05 Stretching your instrumental faculties
00:39:32 Learning how to approach a show
00:41:40 Always be Performing means something different when it’s just you!
Sometimes you’ve gotta replace a bandmate… and sometimes it’s the drummer. Your two favorite band geeks talk through this process in-depth today, exploring both how you find someone (yes, including Craigslist!) and then how you might go about auditioning them. But it’s more than that… how do you get to know them? And what’s does “American Girl” have to do with it? You’ll have to listen to find out!
00:00:00 GigGab 131 – Wednesday, Sept 13, 2017
00:00:52 Searching for a new drummer
00:05:51 We like the same music, we like the same bands, we like the same clothes
00:10:12 You drummers are crazy people, I’ll tell you that!
00:10:47 Craigslist is great for vetting people
00:15:20 Managing the purists
00:17:27 Syncing your goals and availability are the most important things
Whether it’s you or someone you play with, you’ve almost certainly got to deal with the juggling act of playing in multiple bands. How do you handle schedule conflicts? What’s the best policy for you to have? Then it’s on to how you choose and learn songs in your band. Paul and Dave certainly have thoughts to share about this! They’ve also got some tricks and tips to share, too, about highlighting the tip jar in creative ways and dealing with those crazy nights when the weather feels like another member of the band. Press play and enjoy!