Paging Mr. Murphy – Gig Gab Podcast 167

Broken Snare Drum HeadHow tough do the tough conversations get in your band? Today Paul and Dave talk through some of their experiences with that, especially as it relates to band members relative preparedness levels. Yeah, that’s a mouthful, and that’s not all there is in this episode.

Your two favorite weekend warriors have been busy. Paul’s been digging into what it takes to raise your price, and he and Dave talk through that. Dave’s been busy with two tech weeks happening simultaneously this week… and that meant he ignored one of his superstitions… and got caught!

Hear all about this and more during Gig Gab. Press play and enjoy!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 167 – Monday, May 28, 2018
  • 00:01:57 Double Tech Week
  • 00:07:06 Too Much Monkey Business… and Too Much 50s Music
  • 00:08:58 Superstitions
  • 00:12:38 Improvising Solutions in the Moment
  • 00:15:21 Raising the Pricing Bar
    • Believe the price for which you’re selling
  • 00:18:16 Set the price
  • 00:22:33 Understand your leverage
  • 00:24:20 Quoting The Brilliant Professional Billy Joel
  • 00:28:07 Tough Conversations
    • “Everybody does the same work”
  • 00:35:50 Spot-checking vs. Illuminating Unpreparedness
  • 00:38:31 Rehearsal is not the place where you learn the song
  • 00:41:24 Learn what corners to cut
  • 00:44:20 GG 167

How Much Ego is Too Much Ego? – Gig Gab Podcast 166

singer onstage in front of lights Gig Gab Podcast 166Today, Paul and Dave jump from subject to subject in a seemingly random fashion (hint: whatever they write next, it was random). But it’s never truly random, is it? Nope. This one is about ego. Seeing egos on stage, managing your own ego, when to have one, when to suppress it, and when to use strobe lights to manufacture it! (Ok, you’re going to have to listen for the explanation on that last bit).

But really, the big question to be answered is: what are hackles?

(No, seriously. They ask this question like three times in the episode. Just send them an email at so they don’t ask again next week!)

All this – and much, much more – in Gig Gab today. Download, press play, and enjoy!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 166 – Monday, May 21, 2018
  • 00:01:00 RANT ON: “Best party band”
  • 00:04:43 What are hackles?
  • 00:06:37 Richard Ashcroft – Tuning his guitar
  • 00:10:36 Liam Gallagher
  • 00:13:26 Strobe Lights
  • 00:15:26 Don’t forget about the lights!
  • 00:18:20 Thunderpussy – What’s in a name?
  • 00:21:41 Filling your Calendar vs. Getting your Price
  • 00:27:52 Communicating with Confidence, Not Cockiness
  • 00:30:11 Watch your tone!
  • 00:33:51 When to fill the schedule?
  • 00:38:17 GG 166 Outtro

Eating at the Grown-Ups’ Table – Gig Gab Podcast 165

Picture of piano-shaped table. Today Paul and Dave get cerebral, which is fitting given where the conversation goes. Come sit at the Grown-Ups’ Table (just this once!) and enjoy a heady conversation about managing all day gigs, managing the song list, fostering FOMO and, of course, the “Sweet Home Alabama” vs. “Freewill” discussion.


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 165 – Monday, May 14, 2018
  • 00:01:24 All-day gigs
  • 00:04:11 Jazz vs. Cocktail music
  • 00:08:30 Managing the Song List
  • 00:10:34 Charts on Stage
  • 00:15:19 Live without a net
  • 00:17:00 Managing a Good Show vs. Fostering FOMO
  • 00:20:49 Bonus stage time!
  • 00:23:44 There is a time for a discussion
  • 00:25:13 Follow the setlist or follow the vibe?
  • 00:28:20 The Value of Complexity
  • 00:34:40 “Sweet Home Alabama” vs. “Freewill”
  • 00:41:31 “Eating at The Grown-Ups’ Table”
  • 00:43:05 GG 165

Intentional Collaboration – Gig Gab Podcast 164

intentional collaborate gig gab podcast 164Whether you’re a band or a solo artist, a musical performance is always a collaboration. There are sound engineers, bandmates, audience members, and venue staff that are all involved in making your performance a success. Today Paul and Dave talk through the realities of this, both objectively as outsiders and also what it’s like to deal with it all in the moment. “Intentional collaboration” becomes the theme of this episode, though “being a good musical citizen” or, if successful, “the mutual admiration society” would also fit.

Going with their new trend, your two favorite weekend warriors include a couple of tips in this episode, too. Press play, listen, and enjoy. Then write in to and let Paul and Dave know what you think!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 164 – Monday, May 7, 2018
  • 00:00:56 Vocal warm-ups during allergy season
  • 00:03:17 Tenor vs. Rock Tenor
  • 00:05:13 Warm ups
  • 00:10:00 Relatively relative pitch
  • 00:13:48 Paul Kent’s Springsteen Night
  • 00:14:57 Sitting crowds vs. standing crowds
  • 00:16:04 You gotta earn it every time
  • 00:19:15 Digesting the reviews
  • 00:21:16 A video camera doesn’t capture everything
  • 00:22:49 Balancing technicality with feel
  • 00:28:43 The Church Ladies
  • 00:31:18 The Mutual Admiration Society
  • 00:33:30 Managing the competition, internally and externally
  • 00:35:31 Making yourself sound good, making your band sound good
  • 00:38:40 Playing someone else’s drums/gear, adapting.
  • 00:39:45 Being a good musical citizen
  • 00:41:25 Intentional collaboration
  • 00:45:47 Tip: Be both the ‘Chuch of No’ and the ‘Church of Yes’
  • 00:49:07 Performance tip: look at the person who’s singing or soloing.
  • 00:52:37 GG 164 Outtro