Managing Relationships with Clubs, Owners, Bands, and Fans – Gig Gab Podcast 187

Managing Relationships with Clubs, Owners, Bands, and Fans – Gig Gab Podcast 187What happens when a new manager takes over at a club where you’ve already got dates booked? Your answer to this question will undoubtedly impact your band’s future bookings. The good news is that you are in control. Listen to advice from Paul and Dave as they share experiences and tips with you!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 187 – Monday, October 29, 2018
  • 00:01:14 Two Double-headers!
  • 00:01:41 A Sub on an Improv-yet-flowing gig
  • 00:04:21 Early Halloween FLINGFest
  • 00:07:56 A co-managed event
  • 00:09:42 Managing an existing relationship with a new owner
  • 00:14:00 Let’s make it new anyway
  • 00:17:43 Learning communication styles
  • 00:19:30 Managing the door
  • 00:26:41 Delegate responsibility to someone
  • 00:28:39 The black-and-white of the relationship grays
  • 00:33:30 When the money doesn’t line up
  • 00:39:18 Right is right! Except when it’s not exactly right
  • 00:41:30 New Halloween songs
  • 00:42:32 Callback to Gig Gab 186 – Managing the sound of your instrument in different rooms
  • 00:49:28 GG 187 Outtro

Trumpets, Tubas, and Squirrels – Gig Gab Podcast 186

Trumpets, Tubas, and Squirrels – Gig Gab Podcast 186When the Amazing Super Duper Squirrels meet their arch nemesis, what does that mean for the number of female tuba players available for your next gig?

This, folks, is an example of the important questions that Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton, your two favorite weekend warriors, dissect on Gig Gab!

Oh, also, how to make your drums sound their best. So, hey, you know, there’s that!

Press play and enjoy.

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 186 – Monday, October 22, 2018
  • 00:01:05 The Brechtones are Killing It
  • 00:06:35 “The Amazing Super Duper Squirrels” meet “Squirrel”
  • 00:11:36 Prepare a professional response
  • 00:13:24 More Female Tuba Players!
  • 00:16:32 Have a good story to tell
  • 00:17:56 Band-owner who is not the front man
  • 00:20:40 Sunglasses on stage. Zenni’s 10% tint are awesome.
  • 00:22:39 John-Improving the sound of amplified drums
  • 00:32:07 Be realistic about the sound of your instrument
  • 00:37:08 Balancing the acoustic gigs with the electric gigs
  • 00:41:39 Singing and feeling
  • 00:43:33 The business end of a trumpet
  • 00:44:43 Trumpets, Tubas, & Squirrels

Believe First, Negotiate Second – Gig Gab Podcast 185

The puzzle of Integrity, with text "Believe First, Negotiate Second – Gig Gab Podcast 185"If at first you don’t succeed, it’s worth asking, “did I believe?”

Well, did you? Gig Gab might help. First, Paul and Dave talk through some of their gigs, both recently and upcoming, as they’re both doing some different stuff that detours from the norm (is there really a norm, outside of Cheers?). Ever have to do a gig without your keyboard player? Your two favorite weekend warriors have, and they talk about what that means for their respective bands.

Then it’s on to taking a step back and thinking about what your bands mean, and to whom. And once you sort that latter part out, well, then you’re ready to start building events for the people that care about you and your bands.

From there it’s a short leap to negotiation. After all, we must believe first before we can discuss that, right?

Right. Press play and we’ll see you there.


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 185 – Monday, October 8, 2018
  • 00:00:55 8 Days on Stage… no end in sight
  • 00:03:37 Building your own fake book
  • 00:07:03 Justifying the erosion of a gig
  • 00:07:44 Brechtones… what is it? Stay tuned!
  • 00:10:32 Contrasting to “Know your stuff”
  • 00:11:29 Picking the right songs for the right cats
  • 00:13:46 Communication is the key
  • 00:16:10 Expecting more preparation than you’ll really get
  • 00:18:10 Talk through endings!
  • 00:22:41 The “Missing Man Formation”
  • 00:26:09 Are you that good without one member?
  • 00:28:54 Be careful with what you put on stage
  • 00:32:06 Picking the right gigs
  • 00:33:12 Don’t overlook the piano player!
  • 00:37:39 Iterating on the concept of Bar Gigs
  • 00:42:58 Fighting Your Success with Physics
  • 00:45:55 Invest in your audience
  • 00:47:21 Changing the deal means changing the deal
  • 00:50:24 More people = More money
  • 00:52:12 Believe first. Negotiate Second.
  • 00:57:17 GG 185 Outtro

Subs Happen! – Gig Gab Podcast 184

Piano keyboard that says "I Miss You" with text Subs Happen! Gig Gab Podcast 184What happens when your bandmate can’t make the gig? What happens when you can’t make the gig?

More to the point: what happens when listener Patrick asks Paul to reconcile the fact that he despises subs with the fact that Paul now plays in multiple bands?

What happens is that Dave and Paul talk it through! It would’ve been even funnier if we had a different host step in and sub for one of your favorite weekend warriors, but we didn’t think about that in time, so… you get Paul and Dave this week, just like usual.



  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 184 – Monday, October 1, 2018
  • 00:00:55 Original music with The Brechtones
  • 00:06:01 Original songs: collaboration vs. single vision
  • 00:08:51 FB-Patrick-What do you think about subs NOW?
  • 00:14:46 The enlightening musical moment
  • 00:17:38 A band is a cause
  • 00:19:05 Opportunity Cost
  • 00:20:34 Shared commitment
  • 00:21:48 Serendipity strikes
  • 00:23:26 Where is my head on this?
  • 00:25:26 Executive privilege vs. Double bookings
  • 00:27:50 Everyone’s the same
  • 00:31:10 “I enjoy paying my band”
  • 00:33:42 Be a good boss
  • 00:37:00 Multi-band gigs – be polite with logistics
  • 00:41:36 Grooving while over-playing
  • 00:43:11 Subs Happen!
  • 00:46:00 GG 184 Outtro