Sometimes there are songs you play even though you don’t like them. Most of the time you play songs you like. If you’re lucky, though, every now and then you get to play a song you truly love. Yeah, yeah, we’re all pros and we always say, “my favorite song is the one I’m playing,” but that’s not necessarily true, is it?
Paul and Dave talk through different ways of navigating this reality in today’s episode. It won’t seem like it at first, but that’s how Gig Gab goes, doesn’t it? By the end, it’s all related. Come join the family. Press play and enjoy!
Today your two favorite weekend warriors have a jam session of the spoken kind. Covering topics from early start times, ways to bring the same crowd back again and again, playing for opportunities instead of dollars, and proactively replacing gear, they cover a lot of ground.
Paul and Dave also address the Facebook dilemma that’s been plaguing humans ever since we discovered the ability to argue via text communication in a public forum, aka The Facebook Dilemma. You know your favorite weekend warriors are geeks, and today they wear that on the outside a little bit for you.
Press play, sink in, and enjoy.
00:00:00 Gig Gab 161 – Monday, April 16, 2018
00:02:10 Rest and Recovery Time is important
00:02:47 Playing in the sunshine!
00:04:43 Early start times for local gigs
00:05:27 Know your market
00:07:35 Opportunity in the earlier evening
00:08:12 Managing an average attendance night
00:09:27 Don’t outsmart yourself with your schedule!
00:11:35 Creating episodic live music “content”
00:16:08 Choose people who don’t want to let others down
00:18:02 Being respectful of both the audience and your fellow musicians
Every show has a theme and this one – not surprisingly – is about overthinking. Or is it just thinking? Or maybe it’s not thinking, but it is about your brain doing something on its own. Is that still thinking? We think it might be.
You’d better listen and find out, otherwise we’re not sure what will happen to Paul and Dave! We think they’ll be OK…
Every time you take the stage, you have an audience out there waiting for you to deliver. In fact, the expectation is for you to do exactly that. How aware of this are you? How much do you focus on ensuring this happens, even in the event of trainwrecks and other, on-stage surprises?
Paul and Dave have a little experience with feeling the pressure to deliver for an audience, and they share these thoughts with you… the Gig Gab audience (they deliver!).
Press play, listen, and enjoy!
00:00:00 Gig Gab 159 – Monday, April 2, 2018
00:01:10 Loose Gigs
“No Fighting at the Gig”
00:04:00 Handling trainwrecks
00:07:57 The vibe that creeps through your band
00:09:06 Calculating Confrontation
00:12:10 They deserve the best that we can give them
00:14:53 Your reaction to the loose night defines your professionalism
00:16:54 New tunes can be energizing!
00:19:12 Mad Haus
Dress professional, become professional
The noise of the crowd changes everything.
Not ready to watch the videos yet.
00:25:33 Mental mistakes vs. physical mistakes
00:27:29 There’s always something to learn
00:28:14 Mad Haus – Forget the last song, worry about the next one