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.
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
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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
Reddi DI Box
Albatros Audio PH-9
Elite Core Audio PMA (Battery or AC Powered)
00:40:45 Buying and Thinking About Gear Fills the Time Between Gigs
00:42:39 Dave’s Just-In Case™
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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: email@example.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
00:27:49 Adam Johnson: ”I Am The Entertainment, Not The Help”
Cover Band Confidential
00:45:03 The Resurgence is Upon Us
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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?
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Watch Him As He Goes...
With a week off and SXSW happening in between, Paul and Dave have lots to talk about today, including the sad news of the passing of Taylor Hawkins.
Dave saw some more great bands and music-related movies at SXSW, and he shares a few of his highlights, including how your band might be able to leverage the Blockchain for yourselves and your fans.
On top of that, your two favorite weekend warriors discuss the competitive nature of being in the business of being in a band, and how they each approach it a little differently.
Press play, and always be performing.
00:00:00 Gig Gab 341 – Monday, March 28, 2022
00:00:51 All the stars align for Paul’s musical life
00:05:51 Dave’s Going Under the Knife
00:10:51 Taylor Hawkins’ Passing
00:22:43 A full show with in-ears!
00:28:01 SXSW: Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story
SXSW: Dio Dreamers Never Die
00:30:46 Bands Dave Saw @ SXSW 2022:
Jazz Fest Movie Post-Show Performance
Bass Drum of Death
Blockchain Creative Labs
Phillip Creamer (solo acoustic)
The Texas Gentlemen
00:46:02 Playing In a Band is a Competitive sport (to some!)
Balancing the A vs. the A-Hole
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SXSW, Movies, & Knowing Your Audience
Paul’s got an idea about audience fatigue, Dave’s attending SXSW (remotely today, then in-person tomorrow), and there are some new music documentaries coming out. This is the hodge-podge upon which this week’s Gig Gab is built. Of course, your two favorite weekend warriors played some gigs from which they must debrief, and that’s what Gig Gab is all about. Press play, and always be performing!
00:00:00 Gig Gab 340 – Monday, March 14, 2022
00:01:41 SXSW 2022, the Hybrid Model
00:04:11 SXSW: Sheryl
Giraffe (Bay area band)
00:15:51 SXSW: 32 Sounds
“I Get Knocked Down” and “This Much I Know to Be True” and Lizzo
00:25:30 Audience Fatigue
Free Bird,Brick House, Sweet Caroline, Brown-Eyed Girl
00:40:37 What’s Going On with Diaspora Radio
00:48:55 GG 340
The only thing better than movies, is music. This is one of our favorite music podcasts, full of great conversations and content.
Best Band Show
I’ve been listening to these two for a few years, and when I first found them I marathoner all the older shows. It’s the best podcast out there about being in a band. Yes, at times one of them gets a little long-winded, and while at first it was distracting, I have realized it is perfect, and I love it because he always talks about something we all can related to as musicians in a working band. Love the show. It’s my favorite podcast.
Must-listen for working musicians
Paul and Dave, been listening for a long time. I appreciate what you do, and your thoughtfulness about the impact of the pandemic on all of us who love playing is a shot in the arm. My band has played a few gigs, had a few canceled, and canceled a few ourselves. It is helpful to have your experiences to benchmark against. Keep doing what you are doing, and I will keep listening!