347 episodes

Wanna talk shop with your musical buddies? Look no further than GigGab! Each week Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton come to you sharing their gigging experiences, tips and tricks learned, and interviews with other weekend warriors and pros.

Gig Gab - The Working Musicians' Podcast Paul Kent & Dave Hamilton

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Wanna talk shop with your musical buddies? Look no further than GigGab! Each week Paul Kent and Dave Hamilton come to you sharing their gigging experiences, tips and tricks learned, and interviews with other weekend warriors and pros.

    Perfecting Your Setup Routine

    Perfecting Your Setup Routine

    How confident are you in your band’s ability to get setup on stage? What are the common pitfalls you encounter? Listen as your two favorite weekend warriors talk through the approaches they use with their bands, with a special focus on sound and, yes, in-ear monitors. Paul and Dave are here to share and learn, too, so make sure you send in your thoughts to feedback@giggabpodcast.com and, hey! Always Be Performing!



    00:00:00 Gig Gab 347 – Tuesday, June 14, 2022

    00:00:44 Using the Laylas



    Westone UM2

    Ultimate Ears UE5c

    UE 11Pro Ambients





    00:04:06 Cruise Ship Band Reactions

    00:11:19 Stolen Houserockers Keyboard!



    Insure your gear!

    MusicPro Equipment Insurance





    00:13:05 Prepping “Speaking In Tongues”

    00:17:26 Eric-How do you EQ your PA?

    00:25:18 Having your whole band on in-ears



    CSF-Rolls PM55P





    00:35:09 GG 347 Outtro

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    Of Harmonicas and Headset Mics

    Of Harmonicas and Headset Mics

    Your submissions to the mailbag help drive the bus today, with conversations about choosing good venues for your audience and selecting the right headset mics happening. Dave got to see The Coffis Brothers…and his audiologist. Both come with stories, some more pleasant than others, but a good PSA emerges, nonetheless! Paul brings an axe to grind with much wisdom and insights to be shared. Press play to hear it all…and then always be performing!



    00:00:00 Gig Gab 346 – Monday, May 23, 2022

    00:01:42 Dave got to see The Coffis Brothers



    Gig Gab Episode 46

    The Coffis Brothers “Ramona”





    00:06:51 Never ask “are there any harmonica players out there?”

    00:07:39 Setlist creation: how many songs in a row in the same key? By the same artist?



    Aural Variety





    00:10:28 Cerumen!

    00:13:28 Gord-345-The bar staff litmus test



    Changes in times when booking agent takes over





    00:21:30 Is this a good experience for your audience?

    00:23:16 Post-covid ticket-sale gigs

    00:31:02 Henry-Headset Mics for Live Performance



    Shure TA4-F Connector

    Harmonicas, Music Stands, Cargo Shorts, or Headset Mics?





    00:36:24 BMI Songview

    00:42:31 Bitter Pill!



    Children of the Grim





    00:48:48 GG 346 Outtro

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    Mixing From The Stage

    Mixing From The Stage

    How do you approach mixing your band from the stage when there is no FOH sound engineer? It’s Q&A time with Paul and Dave. Listen as your two favorite weekend warriors share their thoughts on putting together the right stage setup to get a good mix for your audiences…every time.

    That’s not all though! A recent experience leads to a conversation about venue staff and how they can significantly influence the flow of the night…and whether or not your audience wants to return!

    Press play and enjoy all of this, and remember: Always Be Performing!



    00:00:00 Gig Gab 345 – Monday, May 9, 2022



    Children of the Grim





    00:02:55 Mark-Mixing from the stage



    Video: Don’t Make The Drummers Mad!





    00:18:15 Henry-What Do You Think of Drum Shields?

    00:29:50 Voice-management technique

    00:32:45 Managing Requests as a Tippable Action

    00:41:55 The Security Attitude



    Roadrunner Boston





    00:58:33 Gig Gab 345 Outtro

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    The Rehearsal-Less Band

    The Rehearsal-Less Band

    How often does your band rehearse? Would you consider yourselves a “rehearsing” band, or a “rehearsal-less” band? Either way, what are the costs of that on your band’s show? Listen as Paul and Dave talk through their experiences with both sides of this…and then listen as Gear Gab accidentally creeps into an answer to a question. Your two favorite weekend warriors talk through all KINDS of gear related to a speaker-free stage.

    Press play and enjoy, and remember…Always Be Performing!



    00:00:00 Gig Gab 344 – Monday, May 2, 2022

    00:03:18 The Rehearsal-Less Band

    00:18:20 Playing to a Wicker Wall

    00:23:57 SPONSOR: Bandzoogle — Listeners can go to Bandzoogle.com to try it free for 30 days, and use the promo code “giggab” to get 15% off the first year of any subscription.

    00:25:45 Dan East-343-Gear Gab for Ampless/IEM Setups



    Yamaha TF

    Pod Go

    Fender Acoustasonic

    Radial Firefly

    Reddi DI Box

    RNDI

    ART S8-S3Way

    Albatros Audio PH-9

    Elite Core Audio PMA (Battery or AC Powered)

    Rolls PM-50





    00:40:45 Buying and Thinking About Gear Fills the Time Between Gigs

    00:42:39 Dave’s Just-In Case™

    00:45:13 GG344 Outtro

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    Navigating The Resurgence

    Navigating The Resurgence

    As the world of live music sees more and more of a resurgence, what are the important things to consider? Listen as Paul and Dave chat through things like managing your health, negotiating your way with sound engineers, navigating the contract process, and preserving your worth as an Entertainer. Press play and enjoy…and then send in your thoughts: feedback@giggabpodcast.com



    00:00:00 Gig Gab 343 – Monday, April 25, 2022

    00:00:50 Ireland’s Pervasive Music

    00:06:10 When your body fights the gig!

    00:12:34 The Horror of playing without IEMs

    00:14:25 Navigating a gig with All IEMs, All modelers



    Mackie DL32S





    00:27:49 Adam Johnson: ”I Am The Entertainment, Not The Help”



    Cover Band Confidential





    00:45:03 The Resurgence is Upon Us

    00:49:55 Gig Gab 343 Outtro

    • 50 min
    Managing Your Musical Calendar

    Managing Your Musical Calendar

    Keeping everyone on the same page in your band can be a trick, and Paul shares the method he used for his band this year, managing and then meeting those expectations so everyone could plan their lives. That’s not the only thing he and Dave discussed this week, though! Setlists are again a topic, this time from the angle of whether or not you should use the same one gig-after-gig.

    Listen as your two favorite weekend warriors share their thoughts and then send in a comment with your own. How do you manage your bandmates’ schedules? How do you manage your setlist? Let us know at feedback@giggabpodcast.com, and remember, Always Be Performing!



    00:00:00 Gig Gab 342 – Tuesday, April 5, 2022

    00:00:53 Dave’s Brand New Arm!

    00:08:08 Max-CSM-Mixlo for discovering and tipping local artists



    Bitter Pill’s “Spread Our Carbon Footprint” Tour





    00:13:00 Regional Music festivals

    00:16:39 SPONSOR: Bandzoogle — Listeners can go to Bandzoogle.com to try it free for 30 days, and use the promo code “giggab” to get 15% off the first year of any subscription.

    00:19:03 Managing Your Bandmates’ schedules

    00:26:07 Paul Gigs with Duo & Trios

    00:34:16 The same setlist or a variety?

    00:43:07 Gig Gab 342 Outtro

    • 44 min

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