Image of iPhone with Streaming, money, Payscale, Music Licensing and Toys. Gig Gab 256

Payscale, Licensing, and Toys – Gig Gab 256

Have you had YouTube or Facebook mute the songs on your stream because of copyright claims? There might be something you can do about it! Paul and Dave talk through their experiences with navigating these waters, and even share how you can make money playing your own songs from the various rights management companies, too!

What are your thoughts about playing out this summer? Are you—and your bandmates—going to experiment with any socially-distanced gigs? What’s that going to look like?

And finally: toys. Your two favorite weekend warriors are cooped up just like you are, and they’ve been upping their game (and expenditures!) all in the interest of serving you, dear listener. Listen as they talk about–and through!—some of the new hardware and software they’re testing and learning.

Press play, enjoy, and always be performing!

Brad Madix, Front of House for Rush, Queensryche, Jane's Addiction, and more on Gig Gab 255

Brad Madix: Stories from Front of House with Rush, Queensrÿche, Jane’s Addiction, and More – Gig Gab 255

Brad Madix, Front-of-House Engineer for Rush, Bruce Hornsby, Shania Twain, Shakira, Queensrÿche, Jane’s Addiction, Mr. Big, and more joins Paul and Dave today to chat sound, mixing, stories, and Gig Gab!

Brad’s tales and advice are endless – and endlessly valuable! Listen to hear Brad share stories about finding himself behind the console in an arena for the first time, tweaking Geddy Lee’s bass sound, taking the stage with Queensrÿche, and so much more.

Brad also shares his tips and advice about getting the sound right in clubs, large and small, trusting your ears, and protecting your hearing in the process.

A man who happily says that he has “years of practice” in the space tells us all why we should “never runs towards a fire.”

Press play and enjoy, folks. This is a good one!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 255 – Monday, May 4, 2020
  • Brad Madix – FOH Sound, Diablo Digital, And More
  • John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Rush, Bruce Hornsby, Shania Twain, Shakira, Jane’s Addiction, Mr. Big, and More.
  • The Early Years
  • The Rush Trust Equation
      • Tweaking Geddy Lee’s Bass Sound
      • Four inputs: clean, gritty, and massively distorted (times two!)
  • Strings on a Rock Stage
  • Mr. Big’s friends showed up.
  • Live: condensers vs. dynamics
    • “Years of Practice”
  • Game-Changing Live Sound Tech
  • Tips:
    • Mix the First Song In Your Head
    • It starts with the drummer!
  • Club Tips!
    • Vocals have to win
    • Guitar Solos need to be heard
    • Don’t cut everything from the EQ!
    • Live with What you Have: the PA in the Room
  • Hearing Protection Tips
    • Manage your volume over time
    • Measure your SPLs
      • Target 97dB
    • Manage your headphone volume (keep it low!)
    • Buy quality earplugs
      • But test with foam, because that’s what the audience is hearing!
  • When do we tour again?
  • Diablo Digital
    • Recording and archiving multi-track recordings of live shows
  • Brad Madix, jazz piano interlude, Queensryche, Here in the Now Frontier Tour
  • 01:03:30 GG 255 Outtro
Gear Gab with picture of microphones in a case

Gear Gab – Gig Gab 254

Today it’s time to talk gear. And gain staging. And effects. And audio interfaces. And Microphones. Oh, wait, those last two are gear, too, aren’t they? And effects… that can be gear? Are effects considered “gear” if it’s a digital plugin versus a piece of outboard equipment?

Oh the questions you have! Well, Paul and Dave have questions, too… and a few answers. Really, though, it’s all about just learning how to make yourself sound great. And is there a better thing to work on during quarantine? Join in the fun and press play!

Managing–and Learning–Your Fans’ Expectations – Gig Gab 253

How do your fans feel? Do you know? If not, what can you do to find out? Well, Paul and Dave talk through all of this and more. The good news is you can be a fan now, too, and learn what it feels like when someone asks you to tip or share or visit or more. And you can apply that compassion to crafting your own fan environment. Are tips the right answer? Or are subscriptions a better model? Listen as your two favorite weekend warriors talk this through.

The bookends to this weeks show are tech tips, first about recording techniques, lastly about streaming. Listen as Paul and Dave share the new things they’ve learned about this week. Remember, always be performing!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 253 – Monday, April 20, 2020
  • 00:00:51 Spending time in the studio, recording, mixing, and learning!
  • 00:11:52 Managing fans’ expectations: streams, tipping, engagement
    • Tips vs. Subscriptions
    • Artists are fans, too, now.
    • We can experience, but we can learn.
    • Sam Eigen –
  • 00:42:54 When will it be normal? (as if we know!)
  • 00:44:00 Live Streaming Tech Support
  • 00:49:14 GG 253 Outtro
Band on stage from top view

Thinking of the Stage – Gig Gab 252

Paul and Dave start today’s show with a detour about… playing live! Sure, we can’t do this right now, but that means now is a great time to stop and think about some of the more overlooked aspects of your live show and setup. We’re out of the grind of playing every week (or every night), sure, and that allows us the gift of perspective. What things about our live shows can we change? What can we work on right now? Dave has a few ideas that he and Paul talk through.

Then it’s time to talk about mixing your streams, and whether streaming is the right thing for you versus record-and-release.

Listen as your two favorite weekend warriors talk about how they played this weekend and what they did!

Headshot of Steve Witschel from Cover Band Central on Gig Gab Podcast 251

Cover Band Central’s Steve Witschel on Live Streaming and More – Gig Gab 251

Steve Witschel returns to Gig Gab after four years to talk about the evolution of his Cover Band Central site and Facebook groups. Things have grown quite a bit for CBC since Steve chatted with your two favorite weekend warriors, and they go through that evolution together.

Steve’s also spent quite a bit of time perfecting – and teaching – the nuances of live-streaming. He, Paul, and Dave talk through all of this, too, offering you a ton of great tips and tricks to make your live streams even more successful for you and your audiences.

Live Streaming Tech and Trusting The Muse – Gig Gab 250

As promised, Paul and Dave talk through what they know and have learned about setting yourself up to live stream from your house or studio. There are definitely some tips and tricks, and your two favorite weekend warriors share as many of them as they’ve found.

Then it’s on to embracing the muse. Dave had an epiphany moment this past weekend when he broke through his sadness of sequester and started tracking drums, only to find that there was an even better drum part for a new FLING song waiting right around the corner. Listen as he dissects these two and compares live in the show.

Have fun, experiment, and remember: always be performing!

Tip jar with QR codes

The Evolution of Online Busking – Gig Gab 249

Dave watched the new “Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time” movie that premiered (virtually) at SXSW 2020 last week, so he starts us off with a review about that. Great stories and great memories abound.

Online busking has become more a thing than ever, and Paul and Dave talk through some of what they’re seeing, what the future holds, and how the beginnings of podcasting give us some perspective on it all.

Next week, we’ll talk about the tech that you’ll eventually be using to do all your online busking, so please send in your questions for your two favorite weekend warriors to consider: – For now, just keep doing what you’re doing. We love you for it!

Cancelations Mean … Opportunity – Gig Gab 248

Paul and Dave both had gig cancelations, as did many of you. Some of you figured out how to perform anyway, in a safe manner, and that’s inspiring to all of us. Your two favorite weekend warriors talk through some of the things they’re doing, and you’ll even get to hear a sneak peek at the Bitter Pill album Dave recently discussed recording. Always be performing, indeed!

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Mike Dias, Executive Director of In-Ear Monitor International Trade Organization on Gig Gab 247

Mike Dias, a Career of In-Ears – Gig Gab 247

Mike Dias, long-time in-ear industry expert and now Executive Director of the In-Ear Monitor International Trade Organization, joins Paul and Dave this week. They chat about the history of in-ears, the future, solving problems, and more. They even touch on a few “hot button” topics, too, but you’ll have to listen to hear about that!