The Conversation With Your Audience – Gig Gab Podcast 158

conversation with your audience gig gab podcast 158Rock gigs always bring out the best from your two favorite weekend warriors, and this week had Paul and Dave experiencing some real highlights. There’s always something to be learned from every gig, isn’t there?

Really, though, it all comes down to awareness and having an honest conversation with your audience. That starts on stage, of course, but it can very much continue when you’re not even in the same room together. Paul and Dave talk through all of this and more. You’re definitely not going to want to miss this one!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 158 – Monday, March 26, 2018
  • 00:01:49 Dave’s on 10th Avenue (and he’s being froze out!)
  • 00:02:52 Signing the Sound Document
  • 00:07:37 Keeping the volume low
  • 00:08:58 Managing the flow of the evening
  • 00:11:00 When your gut says stop, just stop.
  • 00:13:20 Many Lessons Learned
  • 00:13:58 Flingfest
  • 00:15:51 Adding New Tunes
  • 00:17:13 Manging the Flow
  • 00:21:30 Finding your place with each song
  • 00:23:13 The “Sir Duke” Challenge!
  • 00:26:11 “The Part” is not always re-creatable live
    • “Shake Your Body Down To The Ground”
  • 00:30:08 The Butt-Moving Litmus Test
  • 00:31:16 Doing Your Job as a cover band
  • 00:34:56 SPONSOR: – GigGab2018 saves you 15% off licensing fees
  • 00:37:12 Flinco-de-Mayo, a four-walled, original night
    • SXSW, So Many Original Bands, So Inspirational
  • 00:41:12 Developing your personal musical representation
  • 00:43:41 The path where everything is low-hanging fruit
  • 00:44:30 Establish trust based upon fun, good music, and… more?
  • 00:46:19 Mailing lists to cultivate and maintain your personal brand
  • 00:47:44 Conversation with your audience
  • 00:50:40 Know your path!
  • 00:51:42 Gig Gab 158 Outtro


SXSW, New Bands, New Films, and a New Way of Thinking about Older Music – Gig Gab 157

SXSW, New Bands, New Films, and a New Way of Thinking about Older Music – Gig Gab 157Dave’s just back from attending a full week of the SXSW Conference and Festivals, and he and Paul have a lot to discuss! From new bands that Dave found, to new films that Dave saw, SXSW provided an infusion of new info and new thinking and, well, that’s the point of exposing yourself, right?

To new things, we mean. Not that other thing. Dave stayed clothed during both SXSW and the recording of this podcast.

Also, sometimes even when you don’t attend a conference you can change your own mind, and Paul’s had a change of heart he shares, too. You won’t want to miss this one, folks!


Rock Star Bathroom Politics – Gig Gab 156

Rock Star Bathroom Politics – Gig Gab 156Have you ever peed next to a rock star? How about a former Vice President? Dave has peed next to both Dave Grohl and Al Gore, and for some reason Paul gets him to tell those stories perfectly in the context of your normally-scheduled Gig Gab. Guess which one has tighter security? You’ll have to listen to find out.

Also, Dave shares a few SXSW stories from the past as he prepares to head to Austin next week to attend the conference again. Then it’s on to discussion about how to market your band and get attention from the right people.

After that, your two favorite weekend warriors move on to discussing just how to prepare for a gig where you don’t know any of the tunes… and how to make it through those gigs, too! All this and more… that’s how you know it’s Gig Gab!

Chapters/Timestamps/Stuff Mentioned:

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 156 – Monday, March 5, 2018
  • 00:01:35 SXSW 2018
  • 00:03:24 Magical Musical Moments at SXSW
  • 00:05:16 Serendipity with R.E.M.
  • 00:09:28 Sound City
  • 00:10:49 Bathroom stars!
  • 00:11:02 Get attention with performance descriptions, musical styles, and a picture.
  • 00:14:40 Distinguishing your band with language
  • 00:18:02 Like Jack Tempchin, leverage your highlights!
  • 00:19:34 You need to deliver!
  • 00:20:59 Video is incredibly important
  • 00:23:38 Email isn’t dead!
  • 00:26:20 MailChimp lets you hit the inbox
  • 00:27:03 SPONSOR: – GigGab2018 saves you 15% off licensing fees
  • 00:29:19 Prepping Mad Haus. Just like being a sub in your own band.
  • 00:33:18 pK and Friends. One night of tunes!
  • 00:34:58 Working your intuition
  • 00:36:50 It should follow the form… but it might not!
  • 00:38:09 Big Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 00:39:52 Like the record, or do it your own way?
  • 00:44:51 Learn to hear the changes
  • 00:46:37 Learn to hear the form
  • 00:48:38 Show me the 1
  • 00:49:09 GG Outtro