Counting Up-beat Intros…and other things – Gig Gab Podcast 183

Drive My Car and Glory Days intros with text Counting Up-beat Intros...and other things – Gig Gab Podcast 183In what key should you play Happy Birthday? How do you count the intros of Drive My Car and Glory Days? Answering the important questions: Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton.

Then it’s on to the magic of the groove and how to find the mojo inside the songs you’re playing… how to be inside the songs you’re playing.

And then wrapping up with some details about the songs that both Dave and Paul will be playing soon! All this on Gig Gab Podcast.


Anxiety, Bad Guys, and Accounting – Gig Gab Podcast 182

Worn out guy in a tie with text Anxiety, Bad Guys, and Accounting – Gig Gab Podcast 182Ever wake up the morning of a gig too nervous to do the gig? Does your band have signals or a plan for when a uninvited guest graces your stage? Do you understand the difference between a contractor and an employee?

Have you never thought about any of these things? Paul and Dave have, and they work hard in today’s episode to distill it all down into examples that mean something for you and your musical career.

Press play, download, and enjoy!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 182 – Monday, September 17, 2018
  • 00:00:49 Fall vs. Indian Summer
  • 00:02:59 Anxiety of a New Gig
  • 00:06:25 Setlist vs. Songlist
  • 00:12:47 Engaging the crowd
  • 00:15:15 Leveraging social media to build your setlist
  • 00:19:40 Honoring one-off requests
  • 00:21:23 Dan-When fans are inappropriate – The Gender Concern
  • 00:27:30 Who is the bad guy?
  • 00:31:43 Who are you?
  • 00:35:43 Employee vs. contractor
  • 00:45:04 Licensing Songs – who pays?
  • 00:47:57 Is a band a contractor?
  • 00:51:51 Does your band carry insurance?
  • 00:53:23 GG 182 Outtro

Evening Flow and Clean Stages – Gig Gab Podcast 181

Picture of band members' feet... and no amps! Also text: Evening Flow and Clean Stages – Gig Gab Podcast 181When is it time to buck the traditional flow of a party or wedding gig and do something a little different? When you have a better idea, that’s when! Dave attended a wedding this weekend and learned quite a few new things just by being a guest.

Paul’s got a club relationship that’s going sideways (and down in pay!) and he and Dave talk through all this and more on this week’s Gig Gab!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 181 – Monday, September 10, 2018
  • 00:02:33 Flow of the evening.
  • 00:07:38 Event planning … Advanced!
  • 00:09:33 Hour-by-hour pacing
  • 00:13:35 When playing those 3 songs
  • 00:16:23 Dave’s first dance: “Suspicious Minds”
  • 00:18:06 Paul’s first dance: “Nobody Loves Me Like You Do”
  • 00:20:00 Wedding guests
  • 00:21:07 Different types of weddings
  • 00:22:11 When the energy in the room … isn’t there.
  • 00:23:14 What’s going to happen next?
  • 00:24:00 Deciding to back off the throttle
  • 00:25:30 Everyone on in-ears
  • 00:27:00 Get the speeches right!
  • 00:30:52 It Sounds Better with a Clean Stage
  • 00:33:35 The Gig That Went Sideways
  • 00:38:29 Adapting to a new pay structure
  • 00:41:03 When do you walk?
  • 00:43:15 Conversation as negotiation
  • 00:46:30 GG 181 Outtro

Do Your Fans Love You Too Much? – Gig Gab Podcast 180

Music fans with heart symbols and text: Do Your Fans Love You Too Much? – Gig Gab Podcast 180A big part of performing live music involves engaging with the crowd. The better you can do that, the better your band will do in a general sense. But there’s a cost… what happens when that one member of the crowd goes too far? What happens when they see the relationship as more than just performer-and-audience member? What happens when they think that you’re friends?

Your two favorite weekend warriors, Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton, talk through this and more here on Gig Gab this week. Press play… and enjoy!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 180 – Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • 00:00:45 Using failure to level set
  • 00:03:43 Paul’s Party in the Park
  • 00:04:26 Evolving your own events
  • 00:06:15 Sensitive to reputation
  • 00:07:11 Proper planning leads to…
  • 00:08:21 …Good Vibe!
  • 00:09:07 But… one more thing!
  • 00:10:12 When a fan has an agenda
  • 00:12:14 Fans distracting your focus
  • 00:13:49 How to handle the over-reaching fan
  • 00:16:30 Notice the clench!
  • 00:18:16 Fan is rooted in “fanatic”
  • 00:19:50 Billy Joel: Don’t take any shit from anyone
  • 00:20:57 Will you play for racists?
  • 00:25:20 Ryan (not Bryan) Adams, the father of alt country
  • 00:28:23 Know who you are?
  • 00:32:17 Do you need closure?
  • 00:37:11 Managing the relationship
  • 00:40:12 GG Outtro