As musicians, we play because we love to play, and it’s an honor to be able to do that. But that’s not the only reason… and some gigs can feel pretty lonely, even if you’re surrounded by a crowd or fellow musicians. Dave and Paul start this episode thinking they have a few different topics to discuss – and they do – but in the end it all comes back to the same thing: loneliness and how to avoid it.
Well, there is ONE topics that doesn’t fit into that theme, and that’s the topic of how much to charge for your gigs and your merchandise. Listen for some essential lessons that your two favorite weekend warriors have learned this week.
The stage is sacred ground for most musicians… but how does it get to be that way? Certainly it’s not comfortable the very first time you walk on stage. Depending on how you look at it, it may never be comfortable walking on stage… and yet, it can still become a comfortable, safe, and secure place for most performers. Paul and Dave find themselves in the midst of a conversation talking about exactly that!
To get there, they discuss some of the issues and hurdles musicians need to jump over and through to set themselves up for success. Knowing your bandmates, understanding your band’s logistical needs, and learning how to (quickly!) learn what it takes to make a room sound and work well are all skills that can set you up for success.
And that, folks, is what Gig Gab Podcast 150 is about, with an unexpected (but heavy!) dose of lessons from and about Tom Petty. Press play… and enjoy!
00:00:00 Gig Gab 150 – Monday, January 22, 2018
00:00:54 Evolving a Venue into a Music Room
00:02:46 The value of appreciative fans
00:03:10 Playing with Human Jukeboxes
00:05:15 Prioritizing fun with gigs
00:10:20 Tweaking Sound in Wooden Rooms
00:13:21 Timing conflicts
00:15:15 The logistics of multi-band bills
00:17:23 Spend the time to do the “Advance” work for your gig
00:19:55 Spend the time to get it right
00:22:47 Tears for Petty
00:25:46 That Gig Mindset
00:27:13 Playing brain versus talking brain
00:28:59 Giving Yourself the On-Stage Freedom to Focus
Paul and Dave each had experiences – from both sides of the “rail” this week – with that concept where musicians need to manage what’s going on inside their bodies while on stage. They talk through Paul’s first gig with the Houserockers new drummer, and Dave’s experience watching seasoned, Grammy-winning professionals … all of which deal with the fact that every musician on any stage – at any pay rate – is simply a human that has to deal with being human!
Then it’s on to some new gear, starting with some in-ear monitors Dave found at CES for less than $25! Paul asks about the new Boss KATANA AIR amplifier, too. All of this on Gig Gab!
Is your band for sale? Of course it is! Otherwise you’re not getting paid. And if your band is for sale, then who is the salesperson? Listen to hear your long-time Weekend Warriors put on the relevant parts of their weekDAY hats and talk through their process for selling … anything. There’s lots to learn here this week, folks, and Dave and Paul are on fire with this one!
Then it’s time to answer a question about setlists, this time focused around managing the energy of the room… both while you’re playing and while you’re not.
00:00:00 Gig Gab 148 – Monday, January 8, 2018
00:00:57 Paul’s Booking Formula
00:04:10 Looking at the summer
00:07:08 Portraying comfortable confidence
00:10:20 Booking bands at the Pro level
00:12:45 If your band is great, it’s great. Other bookings are gravy.
00:15:45 Be on alert when things are on autopilot
00:16:38 Building trust with new booking contacts
00:21:00 Leveraging the relationships of all your bandmembers
00:25:01 The value of building community
00:26:49 48 years?!?!?
00:27:58 The value of brotherly-love
00:28:25 Integrating someone new into your band
Getting ready for immediate gigs
00:29:56 Learning the back catalog
00:32:42 Adding new tunes, too!
00:36:34 Record your shows
00:38:19 Dan-Driving the energy with your setlist and flow?
New Year’s Eve came and went for your two favorite working musicians. One of them played and one didn’t, and they have some stories to tell because both Paul and Dave learned some important lessons that night… and they share! Payment for your valuable services as a musician is definitely a highlight of this episode, and then it’s on to the care one must take when inserting a new member into your band (or inserting yourself into a new band). All this and more… on Gig Gab today!
00:00:00 Gig Gab 147 – Wednesday, January 3, 2018
00:00:51 New Year’s Eve
00:02:05 Playing with musicians that can turn on a dime