Dive into the evolving world of bands with the latest Gig Gab podcast, exploring the critical theme of ‘Evolving Bands’ and the importance of defining your band’s unique identity. Hosts Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton engage in a thought-provoking discussion on why curiosity is crucial for musical growth and how understanding who you are as a band can significantly impact your musical journey. They also delve into the practical aspects of the music world, discussing the strategic decision-making involved in turning down gigs and the tools essential for managing band availability, like WheresTheGig?, Google Calendar and Slack. This segment is a must-listen for musicians navigating the complexities of gig schedules and collaborations.
Your two favorite weekend warriors then pivot to explore what it means to be a professional musician in today’s world. They discuss the dynamics of subbing in bands and the expectation of equal shares in such scenarios, likening musicians to ‘Musical Plumbers’ who are always ready to adapt and perform. The concept of a ‘Fantasy Houserockers League’ adds a playful twist to the conversation, emphasizing the versatility required in the music industry. Additionally, the episode sheds light on the less glamorous but essential ‘Wallpaper Gigs’ and the invaluable experiences they provide.
The highlight of the episode is the discussion on the benefits and energy derived from playing club gigs, with a special mention of ‘Toad’s Place The Documentary’. This insightful episode concludes with a reminder of the show’s catchphrase, “Always Be Performing,” emphasizing the essence of live performance and collaboration in the music industry.
- 00:00:00 Gig Gab 404 – Monday, November 20th, 2023
- 00:01:11 Evolving bands
- Curious is Good
- 00:03:30 Who Are You? (as a band)
- 00:12:43 Turning Down Good Gigs
- 00:17:24 Managing Availability
- 00:23:24 Dan-Mutual Cancelation Clauses
- 00:27:53 Avid Listener-I Expect An Equal Share When Subbing
- Musical Plumbers
- 00:35:58 What’s a Pro? (Redux)
- I’ll Sub For You If You Play Songs I Know
- Fantasy Houserockers League
- 00:39:22 Wallpaper Gigs
- 00:43:10 Toad’s Place The Documentary
- The benefits of — and energy from — playing club gigs
- 00:48:49 How you learn to be a band
- 00:52:59 GG 404 Outtro