The In-Ear Transition – Gig Gab 245

Making the leap to in-ear monitors is one of the most difficult experiences any gigging musician can go through. From getting the right fit to getting the right mix to simply becoming comfortable with that new level of detachment, in-ears take dedication. The payoff is big, of course, in terms of being able to hear better and saving oneself from future hearing damage.

Dave watched Trey Anastasio battle this transition on stage over the past weekend. In response to that, Dave discusses a few of the tips and tricks he has applied when helping other musicians with this over the years.

But that’s not all, of course! Paul Kent is updating the songlist for his band, The Houserockers, and talks through not only the tunes, but the new process he and the band are using to learn them for their upcoming show season.

Plus, a quick update on AB5 just to wrap things up, and your two favorite weekend warriors are ready to go!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 245 – Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020
  • 00:00:48 The Musical Tourism Business Model
  • 00:02:32 Watching Trey Anastasio commit to in-ears
  • 00:23:21 Tweaking the rehearsal process
  • 00:39:22 California AB5 Update
  • 00:43:58 GG 245 Outtro

How Do You Scream? – Gig Gab 244

Listen, sometimes running a band isn’t fun. Sometimes it requires thinking about accounting and managing people and employment law and all that. Today’s Gig Gab digs into some of that not-fun stuff, specifically about managing shared band expenses and another bit about California’s AB5. Really, this stuff isn’t fun, but it’s necessary to think about, and Paul and Dave share their thoughts and invite yours.

But your two favorite weekend warriors do also ask the important question: How do you scream? After talking about accounting you’ll probably want to anyway.

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 244 – Monday, Feb 17, 2020
  • 00:03:00 How do you scream?
  • 00:04:13 AB5 Follow-ups
  • 00:25:20 Jonathan-Managing Shared Band Expenses
  • 00:40:57 GG 244 Outtro

Recording – and Managing – Your Band: Gig Gab 243

Dave’s fresh out of the studio at The Noise Floor where he spent the weekend recording a new album with Bitter Pill. He’s got a lot of takeaways to share from that experience, and some new things to look forward to, as well.

Then he and Paul dig into – and praise – the concept of a band. What does that mean? How do you define it? How do you protect it? Those are the questions they begin to answer… or at least get clarity about asking! Listen as they dissect all of this and more, then send in your feedback, either in the comments here or at

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 243 – Monday, Feb 10, 2020
  • 00:01:29 Dissecting a Successful Bitter Pill Recording Session
    • February RPM Challenge!
    • Isolation Studio benefits
    • Engineer benefits
    • Lesson: when producing your bandmates, be economical with language and time
    • Lesson: learn your DAW, specifically with regards to chopping takes together
    • Logic Pro Smart Tempo
  • 00:21:29 SPONSOR: CHAUVET DJ. The new GigBAR Move has moving head fixtures, wash light pars, strobes, and lasers on one, easy-to-setup bar.
  • 00:23:47 In praise of bands
  • 00:39:00 The Sociology of a Band
    • Temptation of other band members when different one changes
  • Gig Gab Episode 1 (or, well, 2).
  • 00:57:58 Live Mixers with USB Interfaces
  • 00:58:35 Midi 2.0
  • 01:01:21 GG 243 Outtro

Blues, Bits, and Bosses – Gig Gab 242

Who’s your boss? Are you the boss? These questions are important to ask when discussing matters related to employment. The latest in this saga is unfolding in California right now with AB5, causing a re-definition of some musicians from independent contractors to employees. We’ve seen this before, but is this time different? Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton begin the discussion… you can add to it by commenting below or sending an email to

That’s not all, though: first your two favorite weekend warriors discuss the blues, what it means, and how to begin learning to play it. Entertaining a crowd makes another appearance – as it should! After all, we need to Always Be Performing! Finally, Neil Young has put his technological foot in his rambling mouth again, and the guys have something to say about that!