Satisfying Setlists and Christmas Wish Lists – Gig Gab Podcast 194

Setlist with danger sign on it - Satisfying Setlists and Christmas Wish Lists – Gig Gab Podcast 194Your weekend warriors love gear as much as the next musician, so they each take some time to talk through a few things on their Gigging Christmas Wishlists. But first, it’s time for a few discussions.

Do you have trouble memorizing your lyrics? The guys talk through their tips and strategies for that… as well as commiserating about how difficult some tunes can be to internalize!

Paul then talks Dave through the process of building setlists that are satisfying to everyone, band and audience alike. The priorities involved in this process are varied and treacherous, and a few wrong steps can land your band in a bad spot with not only audiences, but amongst yourselves, too.

All this and more!

Know Your Place Amongst Your Fellow Musicians – Gig Gab Podcast 193

Musicians getting together and chattingDoes multitasking work? Wait, what were you doing? You were listening to Gig Gab. Press play to resume hearing Paul and Dave talk through how to know – and respect – your place amongst your fellow musicians. Lots to sort through here, folks, and your two favorite weekend warriors get the job done!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 193 – Monday, December 10, 2018
  • 00:01:10 Multitasking doesn’t work
  • 00:03:53 Giving Yourself the Gift of Time
  • 00:08:22 Know and Respect Your Relationship with Music
  • 00:12:08 The Vibe of an Event
  • 00:16:00 Dos and Don’ts of Networking
  • 00:30:24 Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul
  • 00:38:00 Dave’s Acoustic Monkey Fist Gig
  • 00:50:22 GG 193

Managing Your Holiday Season Calendar & Stomp Boxes Revisited – Gig Gab Podcast 192

Managing Your Holiday Season Calendar & Stomp Boxes Revisited – Gig Gab Podcast 192Managing calendars during the holiday season – especially December – is tough. Listen to how your two favorite weekend warriors are each addressing their December scheduling dilemmas. Then it’s time to revisit the concept of vocal stomp boxes – and stomp boxes, in general. Your comments helped open Dave’s eyes (and mind!) on these, and he and Paul share their further thoughts on the subject. Press play and enjoy!

The Goblin Cock Story – Gig Gab Podcast 191

The Goblin Cock Story, Gig Gab Podcast 191Are originals part of what your band does? If not, have you ever wanted to try and fit some in if you could? Listen to Paul and Dave share their (very different!) experiences with each other about this, including Paul’s commitment for 2019, and Dave’s Goblin Cock story. Oh yes, you’ll want to listen for that. Press play and enjoy!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 191 – Monday, November 26, 2018
  • 00:01:21
  • 00:04:01 Vocal Stomp Boxes Revisited next week in GigGab 192
  • 00:06:10 Birthing original music!
  • 00:07:37 Marrying covers vs. originals
  • 00:09:48 Cowriting vs. Solo writing
  • 00:17:52 The Goblin Cock Story
  • 00:26:12 Original band changing into a Cover band
  • 00:30:32 …and the reverse: becoming an original band!
  • 00:40:31 What’s the purpose of originals?
  • 00:43:26 Re-arranging covers
  • 00:50:42 GG 191 Outtro

Stomping Out the Stomp Boxes – Gig Gab Podcast 190

stomping out the stomp boxesAre you sure you need that effects box? For your voice? In a rock band? Also, if you play a multi-band gig is it appropriate to leave before the entire evening comes to a close? And lastly, how clever are your setlists? And how clever should they be? Paul and Dave answer these important questions for you. Maybe. You’ll just have to press play to find out.

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 190 – Monday, November 19, 2018
  • 00:00:54 Do I Need to go see the Rolling Stones again?
  • 00:07:45 Clever Setlists vs. a Proscribed Show?
  • 00:20:44 Vocal Boxes
  • 00:28:58 Can I Have My Cymbal Back?
  • 00:41:14 Announcing Originals
  • 00:44:40 GG 190

Nashville and The “Rinse” Lesson – Gig Gab Podcast 189

"Always Be Performing" in downtown Nashville at night, with text Nashville and The "Rinse" Lesson – Gig Gab Podcast 189Paul visited Nashville and Dave visited the dentist. One of those things happened in the last week, even, but never fear: they both resulted in relevant stories for you, our listeners. A quick conversation about leverage finds its way into the show, and using it to negotiate non-zero-sum outcomes. And listeners Mike (yes, two of them) have things in the mailbag that your two favorite weekend warriors are all-too-happy to share. Download, press play, and enjoy!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 189 – Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  • 00:00:50 Paul visited Nashville!
  • 00:03:19 Working for tips.
  • 00:09:45 The “Rinse” Lesson
  • 00:14:49 Telegraphing your emotions
  • 00:17:10 Leverage revisited
  • 00:22:19 Mike-CSF-Klang 3D In-ear mixes
  • 00:25:02 Mike-Which board is best for in-ears?
  • 00:30:01 GG 189 Outtro

Cherish Your Downtime, Too – Gig Gab Podcast 188

Empty stage with text, "Cherish Your Downtime, Too – Gig Gab Podcast 188"It’s easy to get caught up in all the time you’re spending on stage (and the time you spending preparing for that!), but it’s equally important to treat your nights off stage as priorities, too. There’s a yin and a yang to a lot of things, not just this, and you’ll hear how that thread permeates the entirety of this discussion between Dave and Paul. They can be some pretty reflective cats when you get right down to it. Press play and enjoy. And reflect. And always be performing, too, even when you’re not. Or something.

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 188 – Monday, November 5, 2018
  • 00:01:05 Carve out time for life
  • 00:03:46 The comfort of being on stage
  • 00:06:53 Pre-show anxiety
  • 00:07:22 Mad Haus
  • 00:12:45 When everyone on stage can PLAY
  • 00:18:44 The evolution of the live music scene
  • 00:21:44 Kevin-How to become a theater drummer?
  • 00:33:14 The benefits of theater shows?
  • 00:38:13 Contracts!
  • 00:39:16 The connection of playing shared music
  • 00:46:58 Phish plays Halloween!
  • 00:53:23 GG 188 Outtro

Managing Relationships with Clubs, Owners, Bands, and Fans – Gig Gab Podcast 187

Managing Relationships with Clubs, Owners, Bands, and Fans – Gig Gab Podcast 187What happens when a new manager takes over at a club where you’ve already got dates booked? Your answer to this question will undoubtedly impact your band’s future bookings. The good news is that you are in control. Listen to advice from Paul and Dave as they share experiences and tips with you!

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 187 – Monday, October 29, 2018
  • 00:01:14 Two Double-headers!
  • 00:01:41 A Sub on an Improv-yet-flowing gig
  • 00:04:21 Early Halloween FLINGFest
  • 00:07:56 A co-managed event
  • 00:09:42 Managing an existing relationship with a new owner
  • 00:14:00 Let’s make it new anyway
  • 00:17:43 Learning communication styles
  • 00:19:30 Managing the door
  • 00:26:41 Delegate responsibility to someone
  • 00:28:39 The black-and-white of the relationship grays
  • 00:33:30 When the money doesn’t line up
  • 00:39:18 Right is right! Except when it’s not exactly right
  • 00:41:30 New Halloween songs
  • 00:42:32 Callback to Gig Gab 186 – Managing the sound of your instrument in different rooms
  • 00:49:28 GG 187 Outtro

Trumpets, Tubas, and Squirrels – Gig Gab Podcast 186

Trumpets, Tubas, and Squirrels – Gig Gab Podcast 186When the Amazing Super Duper Squirrels meet their arch nemesis, what does that mean for the number of female tuba players available for your next gig?

This, folks, is an example of the important questions that Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton, your two favorite weekend warriors, dissect on Gig Gab!

Oh, also, how to make your drums sound their best. So, hey, you know, there’s that!

Press play and enjoy.

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 186 – Monday, October 22, 2018
  • 00:01:05 The Brechtones are Killing It
  • 00:06:35 “The Amazing Super Duper Squirrels” meet “Squirrel”
  • 00:11:36 Prepare a professional response
  • 00:13:24 More Female Tuba Players!
  • 00:16:32 Have a good story to tell
  • 00:17:56 Band-owner who is not the front man
  • 00:20:40 Sunglasses on stage. Zenni’s 10% tint are awesome.
  • 00:22:39 John-Improving the sound of amplified drums
  • 00:32:07 Be realistic about the sound of your instrument
  • 00:37:08 Balancing the acoustic gigs with the electric gigs
  • 00:41:39 Singing and feeling
  • 00:43:33 The business end of a trumpet
  • 00:44:43 Trumpets, Tubas, & Squirrels

Believe First, Negotiate Second – Gig Gab Podcast 185

The puzzle of Integrity, with text "Believe First, Negotiate Second – Gig Gab Podcast 185"If at first you don’t succeed, it’s worth asking, “did I believe?”

Well, did you? Gig Gab might help. First, Paul and Dave talk through some of their gigs, both recently and upcoming, as they’re both doing some different stuff that detours from the norm (is there really a norm, outside of Cheers?). Ever have to do a gig without your keyboard player? Your two favorite weekend warriors have, and they talk about what that means for their respective bands.

Then it’s on to taking a step back and thinking about what your bands mean, and to whom. And once you sort that latter part out, well, then you’re ready to start building events for the people that care about you and your bands.

From there it’s a short leap to negotiation. After all, we must believe first before we can discuss that, right?

Right. Press play and we’ll see you there.


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 185 – Monday, October 8, 2018
  • 00:00:55 8 Days on Stage… no end in sight
  • 00:03:37 Building your own fake book
  • 00:07:03 Justifying the erosion of a gig
  • 00:07:44 Brechtones… what is it? Stay tuned!
  • 00:10:32 Contrasting to “Know your stuff”
  • 00:11:29 Picking the right songs for the right cats
  • 00:13:46 Communication is the key
  • 00:16:10 Expecting more preparation than you’ll really get
  • 00:18:10 Talk through endings!
  • 00:22:41 The “Missing Man Formation”
  • 00:26:09 Are you that good without one member?
  • 00:28:54 Be careful with what you put on stage
  • 00:32:06 Picking the right gigs
  • 00:33:12 Don’t overlook the piano player!
  • 00:37:39 Iterating on the concept of Bar Gigs
  • 00:42:58 Fighting Your Success with Physics
  • 00:45:55 Invest in your audience
  • 00:47:21 Changing the deal means changing the deal
  • 00:50:24 More people = More money
  • 00:52:12 Believe first. Negotiate Second.
  • 00:57:17 GG 185 Outtro