345 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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    • 4.9 • 37 Ratings

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

    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

    • 59 min
    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

    • 46 min
    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
    Watch Him As He Goes...

    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:



    Tuesday



    Night Moves

    Seratones





    Weds



    Jazz Fest Movie Post-Show Performance

    KT Tunstall

    SASAMI

    Wet Leg





    Thurs



    Kristin Hersh

    Dream Syndicate

    Bass Drum of Death

    Lemonheads





    Friday



    Callie Twisselman

    Kovic

    Dolly Parton



    Eluv.io

    Blockchain Creative Labs





    Creamer





    Saturday



    Phillip Creamer (solo acoustic)

    Kristin Hersh

    Beck

    The Texas Gentlemen









    00:46:02 Playing In a Band is a Competitive sport (to some!)



    Balancing the A vs. the A-Hole





    01:05:00 GG 341 Outtro

    • 1 hr 5 min
    SXSW, Movies, & Knowing Your Audience

    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

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

ConfusedBreakfastPodcast ,

Yep

The only thing better than movies, is music. This is one of our favorite music podcasts, full of great conversations and content.

Sertshark ,

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.

RealityStop ,

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!

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