The Ultimate Booking Agent Guide for Bands with Lara Supan — Gig Gab 437 episode image

The Ultimate Booking Agent Guide for Bands with Lara Supan — Gig Gab 437

In this week’s Gig Gab, Dave Hamilton is joined by Lara Supan from Midwood Entertainment to dive deep into the role of a booking agent for developing bands. Lara teaches us that a booking agent excels in routings, venue knowledge, negotiation, and strategy, but they won’t grow your fanbase or bring people to your shows; that’s your job! Also, timing Read more…

Song-Learning Tips and Cover Band Greatness — Gig Gab 436 with Mike Schulte episode image

Song-Learning Tips and Cover Band Greatness — Gig Gab 436 with Mike Schulte

Join Dave Hamilton and guest co-host Mike Schulte from Pork Tornadoes and Confused Breakfast on Gig Gab 436! Dive into the wild world of subbing as a drummer, but beware—your online persona might just scare off potential gigs by making you seem too busy. Mike shares hilarious tales and sage advice on learning and teaching beat placement, ensuring you make Read more…

Staying Awake with Music, Mixers, and Motivation — Gig Gab 435 episode image

Staying Awake with Music, Mixers, and Motivation — Gig Gab 435

Dive into Gig Gab 435 where Dave Hamilton teams up with guest co-host Adam Johnson from Cover Band Confidential for an electrifying episode. They kick things off with recent gig adventures, including the thrill of corporate live band karaoke and the indispensable value of rehearsals when subbing. Adam and Dave share insights on transitioning from analog to digital mixers, highlighting Read more…

The Band to Business Evolution with Crisco — Gig Gab 434 episode image

The Band to Business Evolution with Crisco — Gig Gab 434

In this week’s Gig Gab podcast, Dave Hamilton teams up with guest co-host Crisco to dive into the dynamic world of keeping a band on the road. They kick things off with some fun banter about “Take Your Cat To Work Day” before jumping into the nitty-gritty of band management. From the chaos of uncoordinated coordination to the crucial role Read more…

From Sit-In to Album Release: Heather Smith's Musical Journey — Gig Gab 433 episode image

From Sit-In to Album Release: Heather Smith’s Musical Journey — Gig Gab 433

In this episode of Gig Gab, Dave Hamilton is joined by Heather Smith and Paul Giovine, diving into the serendipity of musical connections. Heather shares how a chance meeting led to her cautiously getting on stage for the first time when Dave played with Simon Santiago five years ago. Last month, Heather released an record of her original tunes! From Read more…

Cleaning Up Your In-Ears Mix...And Your Ears — Gig Gab 432 episode image

Cleaning Up Your In-Ears Mix…And Your Ears — Gig Gab 432

In this week’s Gig Gab, with guest cohost Daniel East returning to join Dave Hamilton, you dive into the essentials of managing your hearing and gear during and after gigs. Amanda’s question about affordable in-ear monitors (IEMs) leads to recommendations including the Sennheiser IE100 Pro and Juicy Earz, highlighting the importance of investing in quality gear without breaking the bank. Read more…

Gems, Gear, & Gigs! — Gig Gab 431 episode image

Gems, Gear, & Gigs! — Gig Gab 431

Welcome to another exciting episode of Gig Gab! This week, Dave Hamilton dives into the whirlwind of recent and upcoming gigs, tackling six gigs with five different bands in June alone. He also discusses the challenges of playing a gig without in-ear monitors and the invaluable lessons from recent guests. From Robert Scovill’s advice on delaying mains in any size Read more…

Three Decades of Harmony: Bob Vose on Fortune's Formula for Staying Together episode image

Three Decades of Harmony: Bob Vose on Fortune’s Formula for Staying Together — Gig Gab 430

Dive into this week’s Gig Gab podcast, where Dave Hamilton and guest co-host Bob Vose tackle the highs and lows of a musician’s journey. From the golden days of Fortune’s original reign to navigating the challenging shifts brought by grunge, Bob dishes out stories of the Peanut Butter & Jelly Tour, selling out 700-seat venues, and the reality of playing Read more…

Nerding Out About Live Sound with Robert Scovill — Gig Gab 429 episode image

Nerding Out About Live Sound with Robert Scovill — Gig Gab 429

In this week’s episode of Gig Gab, Robert Scovill brings his wealth of live audio expertise to the show. As a front-of-house engineer for legendary acts like Tom Petty, Prince, Kenny Chesney, and Rush, Scovill shares the art of balancing sound in massive stadiums while ensuring the audience gets a crystal-clear experience, especially in the crucial front-fill zone. He emphasizes Read more…

Avoiding Rats Nests — Gig Gab 428 episode image

Avoiding Rats Nests — Gig Gab 428

This week on Gig Gab, Mike Schulte returns for a lively discussion on the finesse of live performances band dynamics. He and Dave Hamilton kick off with a chat about “Playing ‘Less’ for More Money,” exploring how reducing the number of gigs you play can lead to greater impact and potentially higher pay. As they delve into the struggles musicians Read more…

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