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

Subs Happen! – Gig Gab Podcast 184

Piano keyboard that says "I Miss You" with text Subs Happen! Gig Gab Podcast 184What happens when your bandmate can’t make the gig? What happens when you can’t make the gig?

More to the point: what happens when listener Patrick asks Paul to reconcile the fact that he despises subs with the fact that Paul now plays in multiple bands?

What happens is that Dave and Paul talk it through! It would’ve been even funnier if we had a different host step in and sub for one of your favorite weekend warriors, but we didn’t think about that in time, so… you get Paul and Dave this week, just like usual.



  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 184 – Monday, October 1, 2018
  • 00:00:55 Original music with The Brechtones
  • 00:06:01 Original songs: collaboration vs. single vision
  • 00:08:51 FB-Patrick-What do you think about subs NOW?
  • 00:14:46 The enlightening musical moment
  • 00:17:38 A band is a cause
  • 00:19:05 Opportunity Cost
  • 00:20:34 Shared commitment
  • 00:21:48 Serendipity strikes
  • 00:23:26 Where is my head on this?
  • 00:25:26 Executive privilege vs. Double bookings
  • 00:27:50 Everyone’s the same
  • 00:31:10 “I enjoy paying my band”
  • 00:33:42 Be a good boss
  • 00:37:00 Multi-band gigs – be polite with logistics
  • 00:41:36 Grooving while over-playing
  • 00:43:11 Subs Happen!
  • 00:46:00 GG 184 Outtro

Counting Up-beat Intros…and other things – Gig Gab Podcast 183

Drive My Car and Glory Days intros with text Counting Up-beat Intros...and other things – Gig Gab Podcast 183In what key should you play Happy Birthday? How do you count the intros of Drive My Car and Glory Days? Answering the important questions: Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton.

Then it’s on to the magic of the groove and how to find the mojo inside the songs you’re playing… how to be inside the songs you’re playing.

And then wrapping up with some details about the songs that both Dave and Paul will be playing soon! All this on Gig Gab Podcast.


Anxiety, Bad Guys, and Accounting – Gig Gab Podcast 182

Worn out guy in a tie with text Anxiety, Bad Guys, and Accounting – Gig Gab Podcast 182Ever wake up the morning of a gig too nervous to do the gig? Does your band have signals or a plan for when a uninvited guest graces your stage? Do you understand the difference between a contractor and an employee?

Have you never thought about any of these things? Paul and Dave have, and they work hard in today’s episode to distill it all down into examples that mean something for you and your musical career.

Press play, download, and enjoy!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 182 – Monday, September 17, 2018
  • 00:00:49 Fall vs. Indian Summer
  • 00:02:59 Anxiety of a New Gig
  • 00:06:25 Setlist vs. Songlist
  • 00:12:47 Engaging the crowd
  • 00:15:15 Leveraging social media to build your setlist
  • 00:19:40 Honoring one-off requests
  • 00:21:23 Dan-When fans are inappropriate – The Gender Concern
  • 00:27:30 Who is the bad guy?
  • 00:31:43 Who are you?
  • 00:35:43 Employee vs. contractor
  • 00:45:04 Licensing Songs – who pays?
  • 00:47:57 Is a band a contractor?
  • 00:51:51 Does your band carry insurance?
  • 00:53:23 GG 182 Outtro

Evening Flow and Clean Stages – Gig Gab Podcast 181

Picture of band members' feet... and no amps! Also text: Evening Flow and Clean Stages – Gig Gab Podcast 181When is it time to buck the traditional flow of a party or wedding gig and do something a little different? When you have a better idea, that’s when! Dave attended a wedding this weekend and learned quite a few new things just by being a guest.

Paul’s got a club relationship that’s going sideways (and down in pay!) and he and Dave talk through all this and more on this week’s Gig Gab!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 181 – Monday, September 10, 2018
  • 00:02:33 Flow of the evening.
  • 00:07:38 Event planning … Advanced!
  • 00:09:33 Hour-by-hour pacing
  • 00:13:35 When playing those 3 songs
  • 00:16:23 Dave’s first dance: “Suspicious Minds”
  • 00:18:06 Paul’s first dance: “Nobody Loves Me Like You Do”
  • 00:20:00 Wedding guests
  • 00:21:07 Different types of weddings
  • 00:22:11 When the energy in the room … isn’t there.
  • 00:23:14 What’s going to happen next?
  • 00:24:00 Deciding to back off the throttle
  • 00:25:30 Everyone on in-ears
  • 00:27:00 Get the speeches right!
  • 00:30:52 It Sounds Better with a Clean Stage
  • 00:33:35 The Gig That Went Sideways
  • 00:38:29 Adapting to a new pay structure
  • 00:41:03 When do you walk?
  • 00:43:15 Conversation as negotiation
  • 00:46:30 GG 181 Outtro

Do Your Fans Love You Too Much? – Gig Gab Podcast 180

Music fans with heart symbols and text: Do Your Fans Love You Too Much? – Gig Gab Podcast 180A big part of performing live music involves engaging with the crowd. The better you can do that, the better your band will do in a general sense. But there’s a cost… what happens when that one member of the crowd goes too far? What happens when they see the relationship as more than just performer-and-audience member? What happens when they think that you’re friends?

Your two favorite weekend warriors, Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton, talk through this and more here on Gig Gab this week. Press play… and enjoy!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 180 – Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • 00:00:45 Using failure to level set
  • 00:03:43 Paul’s Party in the Park
  • 00:04:26 Evolving your own events
  • 00:06:15 Sensitive to reputation
  • 00:07:11 Proper planning leads to…
  • 00:08:21 …Good Vibe!
  • 00:09:07 But… one more thing!
  • 00:10:12 When a fan has an agenda
  • 00:12:14 Fans distracting your focus
  • 00:13:49 How to handle the over-reaching fan
  • 00:16:30 Notice the clench!
  • 00:18:16 Fan is rooted in “fanatic”
  • 00:19:50 Billy Joel: Don’t take any shit from anyone
  • 00:20:57 Will you play for racists?
  • 00:25:20 Ryan (not Bryan) Adams, the father of alt country
  • 00:28:23 Know who you are?
  • 00:32:17 Do you need closure?
  • 00:37:11 Managing the relationship
  • 00:40:12 GG Outtro

Finding On-Stage Bliss – Gig Gab Podcast 179

Man blissfully playing violin with text "Finding On-Stage Bliss – Gig Gab Podcast 179"In both the lead-up to a gig and the setup at the show there are many opportunities for things to feel like they’re being derailed. Too much of that – really, any amount of that – has the potential to impact your perception of the gig. And, as the performer, your perception is clearly communicated to the audience. How do you get past it?

Listen as Paul and Dave talk through their weekend gigging scenarios that could have been disastrous, yet turned out quite blissful.


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 179 – Monday, August 27, 2018
  • 00:01:03 Line check vs. Sound check
  • 00:03:19 Behringer X32 – There you go!
  • 00:06:12 “There was a green room… evidently.”
  • 00:08:10 Don’t want to cheat the patrons
  • 00:09:38 Proper communication goes a long way
  • 00:11:30 Managing blissful unawareness
  • 00:14:35 Manage communication and emotions
  • 00:17:30 Be happy: Fake ‘til you make it
  • 00:19:50 Managing that first set length
  • 00:21:23 Transitioning from Rocking to Reading!
  • 00:23:36 Surprise: Schedule change!
  • 00:28:37 Remember: It’s probably going to be fine
  • 00:32:38 Take a chill pill
  • 00:34:38 GG 179 Outtro

Managing Your On-Stage Comfort – Gig Gab Podcast 178

Managing on Stage Comfort Levels - Gig Gab Podcast 178

Your comfort level on stage can make or break your performance in so many ways, including how both you and the crowd each perceive the outcome. How do you do it? What tricks can you employ to lean towards success? What’s the magic formula? And, most importantly, what should you avoid?

Paul and Dave talk through all this and more. Press play, listen, learn, and enjoy!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 178 – Monday, August 20, 2018
  • 00:01:00 Shoulder Ribbing
  • 00:01:59 Last-minute gigs
  • 00:05:25 How under-rehearsed is … just right?
  • 00:09:08 Managing comfort level
  • 00:11:00 Pulling out the old favorites
  • 00:13:16 Managing public appearances
  • 00:16:15 Beware the telegraphing!
  • 00:18:14 “Playing Music” vs. “Working Music”
  • 00:19:38 Uplifting Music
  • 00:24:34 Rock and Roll National Anthem
  • 00:25:46 Contracted sound
  • 00:27:06 PSA: Beware changing EQ when using In-Ears
  • 00:28:02 The power of Bill continues
  • 00:31:26 Don’t take anything for granted
  • 00:34:34 You gotta earn it every night
  • 00:37:13 When do you just keep the band happy?
  • 00:45:03 Four gigs in 48 Hours
  • 00:48:03 Rehearsing Ronstadt
  • 00:50:14 The cost is not the barrier
  • 00:53:04 GG 178 Outtro

The Benefits and Pitfalls of Creating Live Art – Gig Gab Podcast 177

Cheering crowd in concert lights, text says, "benefits and pitfalls of live art, Gig Gab Podcast 177"Art can be created and delivered in many forms, but being on stage and performing live has some unique benefits…and challenges! Listen as Paul and Dave talk through several aspects of this, from perspectives of both the performer and the audience member!


  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 177 – Monday, August 13, 2018
  • 00:00:46 Be careful of stage antics!
  • 00:03:32 The benefit of live art
  • 00:06:59 Beware the floor of the stage!
  • 00:07:39 Dealing with on-site front-of-house Sound
  • 00:16:47 Managing stage sound
  • 00:17:44 Controlling drum sound
  • 00:22:51 Finding the right crowds and engaging them
  • 00:27:49 Pushing Beyond the Dance Crowd
  • 00:35:57 Do you know who you are?
  • 00:42:46 Countdowns to downbeat
  • 00:45:27 Analyzing a Brad Paisley show
  • 00:53:43 Understanding the Personality of Greatness
  • 00:57:39 GG 177 Outtro

Shuffling Experiences – Gig Gab Podcast 176

Shuffling Experiences – Gig Gab Podcast 176Sometimes you gain experience, sometimes you get to shuffle, and sometimes you get both.

Oh, also, sometimes you get neither. It’s life, man. That’s how it goes.

This week, Paul and Dave – your two favorite weekend warriors – have many stories to tell. Paul’s band opened up for Eddie Money this weekend, Dave had a rainout, and you might be surprised that these two guys talk about Phish in a way that will likely apply to all musicians. Or, well, all shuffling musicians.

We promise you’ll have at least as much fun listening as we did making the episode. Press play and enjoy!

Chapters and Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 Gig Gab 176 – Monday, August 6, 2018
  • 00:01:10 Big music week
  • 00:02:23 Opened for Eddie Money
  • 00:04:54 The learning experience of Buying Price vs. Selling Price
  • 00:06:07 Red flags and contract law
  • 00:09:12 You can’t touch the board
  • 00:11:01 Learning the board!
  • 00:14:16 Show day!
  • 00:18:28 Downbeat.
  • 00:20:06 The decision to go long!
  • 00:22:08 It’s over.
  • 00:23:37 The telltale accent!
  • 00:26:03 Pay me!
  • 00:27:37 It’s about the experience
  • 00:29:50 Managing the energy
  • 00:33:09 Vanity songs that the crowd knows
  • 00:36:26 Interpretations of the Shuffle
  • 00:40:17 It’s not just the drummer… everybody shuffles!
  • 00:46:21 GG 176 Outtro