Let’s Have The Volume Conversation – Gig Gab Podcast 142

Your band is too loud. Ever heard that before? You’ve probably heard it at every type of gig imaginable. Is it your fault? Yes, it’s yours. Not just you, but not just your band, either. Yep, it’s time… Paul and Dave have The Volume Conversation. Are they honest enough? Only you can be the judge! Listen, learn, and then let ’em have it. Email feedback@giggabpodcast.com to let them know what you think!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 142 – Wednesday, November 29, 2017
  • 00:01:10 Mystical, Mysterious, Ethereal Conceptual Talk About Volume
    • “I’m a drummer and therefore I’m guilty”
    • “I’m a guitar player and therefore I’m accused”
  • 00:03:14 Inside vs. Outside
  • 00:04:09 Getting your sound before the gig starts
    • Drummers! Experiment with loosening your snares
  • 00:06:43 Get underneath the vocals
  • 00:08:18 Balancing with everyone else on stage
  • 00:10:03 Learn how to engineer your band
  • 00:13:01 Starting the night the right way
  • 00:17:25 Listen to the stage
  • 00:19:23 Retrain yourself!
  • 00:20:43 Drummers and self-awareness
  • 00:22:37 When the drummer can be your friend
  • 00:26:04 Learn how your instrument needs to fit inside the mix
  • 00:30:25 Volume is a multi-headed monster
  • 00:32:40 GG 142 Outtro

A Musical Thanksgiving – Gig Gab Podcast 141

It’s a thankful time of year, and Paul and Dave have many things to be thankful for. At least five things each, as a matter of fact. Listen to them talk through their lists, offering color and perspective for one another and, ultimately, well… I think you know where this one goes. Press play and enjoy! Always be performing, folks!


Who is Your Band’s MacGuyver? – Gig Gab Podcast 140

First, your two favorite Weekend Warriors talk through creating your own event by answering Kevin’s “What is FLINGFest?” question. This opens up many avenues for Paul and Dave to discuss, and that takes them and you on a journey. For any other podcast that would be enough, but not GigGab. After this, it’s time to talk about equipment problems. Taboo subject, yes, but it’s a necessary one and there’s no fear here. What do you do to prevent equipment issues, and how prepared are you for dealing with them in the moment? All this is discussed, too. It’s like two episodes in one!


  • 00:00:00 GigGab 140 – Wednesday, November 15, 2017
  • 00:02:06 Kevin-What is FLINGFest?
  • 00:06:53 Define the vibe and the intent
  • 00:08:14 Finding a space
  • 00:09:17 “Four-walling” a gig
  • 00:11:37 Paul’s (now-recurring!) Tom Petty Tribute night
  • 00:15:32 Infrastructure matters
  • 00:18:03 Risks beyond your financial investment
  • 00:19:56 Know your audience and your mission
  • 00:21:29 Joe Sharino Band
  • 00:25:36 Don’t compete on price
  • 00:28:00 Manage perceptions
  • 00:29:36 What is a professional band?
  • 00:30:06 Proactively replacing gear
  • 00:36:17 Drum hardware reliability
  • 00:38:39 Having a MacGuyver in your band
  • 00:41:15 Distilling down the important parts and faking the rest
  • 00:45:20 Any line could be the most important line to someone watching
  • 00:48:28 Your job: learn how to identify the important parts of a song!
  • 00:51:04 Thanksgiving coming up!
  • 00:51:47 GG 140 Outtro

Technology, Organization, and Protecting Your Hearing – Gig Gab Podcast 139

picture of various earplugs with a big ear mold in the center. Text says: Technology, Organization, and Protecting your Hearing. Gig Gab Podcast 139It’s time to dig into the mechanics a bit. First, technology. How much is too much, or is there such a thing? Paul and Dave discuss. Then a bit into organizing shows for the best chances at success, even when you don’t get to rehearse as much as you’d like… or at all. Finally, listener David (no relation!) asks about earplugs… and Dave and Paul have answers!