358 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.

    High-Stakes Stage Roulette

    High-Stakes Stage Roulette

    Some gigs are totally relaxing…and others you can feel the high stakes before you even arrive. Interesting thing: the definition of a high-stakes gig can mean different things to different people, and your two favorite weekend warriors have completely different approaches here. Listen as Paul and Dave share their thoughts and then answer your questions! You know what’s worse than backline roulette? Stage roulette! It happens to all of us, and how you and your band deal with it dictates the success of the gig.

    All this and more, folks. Press play and, hey, do us a favor? Always Be Performing!

    00:00:00 Gig Gab 358 – Monday, September 26th, 2022

    00:01:51 Loving those easy duo gigs!

    00:05:02 Low-stakes gigs vs. high-stakes gigs (and a last-minute all-covers night!)

    00:08:40 Having the risk taken away!

    00:19:00 On-stage Tantrum!

    00:22:10 Forget Backline Roulette, what about Stage Roulette?

    00:33:30 Wade-What are some tips for setlist creation?

    00:42:30 GG 358 Outtro


    • 43 min
    Wait ‘Til You Hear OUR Version of The Chicken Dance!

    Wait ‘Til You Hear OUR Version of The Chicken Dance!

    When forming your band, how picky are you? What criteria do you use to select bandmates? Do you prioritize talent or convenience? Listen as Dave and Paul dig in and share their thoughts about all this…with some select stories to highlight the realities of it all.

    Then…a Gig Gab challenge: what songs would YOU pick for a wedding band playlist today?

    Press play, listen, and enjoy. Oh! And Always Be Performing!

    00:00:00 Gig Gab 357 – Monday, September 12th, 2022

    00:01:17 Celebrating the date

    00:03:00 The Houserockers‘ Festival gigs

    00:05:59 Bitter Pill’s Extended Third Set

    00:10:45 Fling’s great gig (and technical nightmares!)

    00:14:57 Jason-Leveraging a Discount CAN Pay Off!

    00:20:58 Sting’s Touring 2022 Show (with Zach Jones)

    00:33:40 Picky vs. Thankful

    00:42:13 Turning over the songlist

    00:52:28 Covering newer stuff in your GB band

    00:58:44 GG 356 Outtro


    • 59 min
    Overcoming the First-Set Blues

    Overcoming the First-Set Blues

    Quiet crowds can be intimidating AF! How do you navigate that? How do you perform? Paul and Dave talk through some of their strategies when faced with this.

    Then listen as your two favorite weekend warriors talk about bands navigating members who are in multiple projects. There’s no one right answer here, and there are also plenty of wrong ones.

    Press play and join the Gig Gab family … and always be performing!

    00:00:00 Gig Gab 356 – Monday, September 5th, 2022

    Watching Victor Wooten & Soule Monde at Jimmy’s

    00:04:09 Taylor Hawkins Tribute Show

    00:15:18 Locking in with multi-gig runs

    00:17:25 What’s the definition of a professional?

    Are you comfortable engaging a crowd that’s quiet?

    The Pork Tornadoes


    00:32:52 How do you navigate multiple projects?

    00:55:05 GG 356 Outtro


    • 56 min
    The Business of Music

    The Business of Music

    Every musician is a small business owner, and this week we have Shannon Jean from Business Brain join us for a crossover episode to dive into how we can better use our business brains in our musical endeavors! Press play to learn…and always be performing!

    00:00:00 Business Brain – The Entrepreneurs’ Podcast #394 & Gig Gab 355 for the week of Monday, August 22nd, 2022

    00:02:30 The Business of Being a Musician

    Define Success

    Is it a business, a hobby, or both?

    Keep continuity by keeping people working

    Very few musicians are full-time employees of one band

    Connecting with fans (aka Customers)

    1,000 True Fans

    Joan As Policewoman

    Amanda Palmer

    00:34:47 When does the love get lost

    Having roles

    Roger McNamee from Elevation Partners, The Patron Saint of Weekend Warriors

    Moonalice (Roger’s band)

    00:46:04 BB 393 & GG 354 Outtro



    • 50 min
    Beware Backline Roulette

    Beware Backline Roulette

    We’ve talked about collaboration on the show before, but the question remains: how collaborative is your band? If someone has an idea for a part for you to play, how does that land? How does it work in reverse? Listen as Paul and Dave talk through the various ways that this can happen — and not happen — and what pitfalls to watch out for.

    Paul’s been working on strengthening his voice, and has a new addition to Gear Gab that might be of interest to a few of us, too!

    Lastly, your two favorite weekend warriors talk about some of the bands heading out on the road soon…and the Springsteen ticket-price fiasco.

    Press play and, hey…Always Be Performing!

    00:00:00 Gig Gab 354 – Monday, August 15th, 2022

    00:02:43 Bitter Pill’s “Jesus Gonna Pay My Tab” video

    00:04:29 Ironing out the Fling Kinks

    00:09:01 Making it through Five gigs

    Breather Voice

    00:15:24 How Collaborative Is your Band

    Rocky Horror Show detachment

    00:34:23 Jeff Beck going on the road

    00:36:08 Springsteen on the road

    00:47:39 GG 354 Outtro


    • 48 min
    Beyond The Music with Tribute Band "Tom Petty" Bruce Hilton

    Beyond The Music with Tribute Band "Tom Petty" Bruce Hilton

    Have you ever stopped to think about what it would take to put together a Tribute band? Bruce Hilton of “Being Petty” did, and with the right people, the right ideas, and a lot of intention it can work out amazingly well.

    Listen as Bruce shares his ideas and gives us all some lessons we can apply regardless of whether we’re in a tribute band, cover band, original band, or something else entirely!

    Press play and enjoy, and remember: always be performing!

    00:00:00 Gig Gab 353 – Monday, August 8th, 2022

    Nerd Culture

    00:02:24 Featured Guest: Bruce Hilton from Being Petty, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Tribute Experience

    The Digbees, with TV and Film placements

    All Together Now, Beatles Cover Band

    Hilton Park Band

    00:05:30 The Origins of Being Petty

    00:09:45 The Marketing of a Tribute Band

    Leveraging The Proximity Clause

    Not Into Excuses

    Deadlines Are Great Motivators

    00:14:10 Preparing a Band with Intention

    00:20:02 Beyond The Music: Gear

    00:23:48 The Music Studio or Live?

    00:26:14 The Visuals

    00:29:18 The Mannerisms and Banter

    00:32:30 Singers vs. Vocalists

    00:35:28 Bullheaded Persistence

    00:41:17 GG 353 Outtro

    Bruce Hilton from Being Petty


    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

ConfusedBreakfastPodcast ,


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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