SXSW, Singalongs, & Filling Your Setlist – Gig Gab Podcast 205

Dave’s back from SXSW and has a few stories to share about bands he saw. First, though, he and Paul talk through expanding your setlist, specifically from the angle of purpose. Why are you adding the songs you’re adding? Are they the best way to serve your band’s show? Lastly, a tip from listener Michael about creatively using wireless transmitters for on-stage submixes. All of this and more in this week’s Gig Gab!

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The Mr. Jimmy Story – Gig Gab Podcast 204

Dave’s at SXSW 2019, and he has seen more than a few things worthy of a Gig Gab discussion. First he and Paul talk through the overall vibe of SXSW, and then it’s time to get into some specifics!

Amanda Palmer, Redd Volkaert, and Nashville all make cameos, but the big dissection this week stems from Mr. Jimmy, a Japanese guitarist, method actor, and historian who has dedicated his life’s work to embodying the spirit of Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin.

How far is too far? How much devotion is too much? And where can you make your career with all of that?

Paul and Dave tackle these interesting questions… what do you think? is the place to send your thoughts!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 204 – Friday, March 15, 2019
  • 00:01:30 SXSW
  • 00:03:10 Early morning gigs
  • 00:05:58 Austin, Live Music Capital of the World
  • 00:06:15 SXSW, as a conference
  • 00:10:50 Redd Volkaert and Bill Kirchen
  • 00:17:28 Amanda Palmer and Austin/SXSW Music Fans
  • 00:18:43 SPONSOR: gets you 3 months free with your 1-year subscription
  • 00:21:01 The Mr. Jimmy Story
  • 00:47:54 Super Diamond’s Experience
  • 00:49:43 Gig Gab 204 Outtro

Fist Bump To The Rescue – Gig Gab Podcast 203

What do you do when you’re approached by someone at a gig who wants more than just a friendly hello? How about dealing with a booking agent who makes promises they won’t keep? Do you sell merchandise (versus just having merchandise you can’t sell)? And… what do you do to keep yourself inspired as a player?

Listen as Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton, your two favorite weekend warriors, talk through all of this and more.


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 203 – Monday, March 4, 2019
  • 00:00:56 Mad Haus Stories
  • 00:01:41 Fist Bump to The Rescue!
  • 00:08:45 The Stage Adds 10-Degrees of Desirability
  • 00:13:25 Managing the Booking Deals You Cut
  • 00:17:00 The art of negotiating
  • 00:23:40 The Consistently Incorrect Strike Zone of Booking Agents
  • 00:28:04 Merchandise
  • 00:38:47 Finding that relaxation when playing
  • 00:42:56 Realizing you can do more
  • 00:47:29 Beware the Lowest Common Denominator
  • 00:54:15 GG 203