313 episodes

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. Wanna talk shop with your musical buddies? Look no further than GigGab!

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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. Wanna talk shop with your musical buddies? Look no further than GigGab!

    Firing On All Musical Cylinders

    Firing On All Musical Cylinders

    One of the reasons we all take the stage is in search of those moments where the band is just firing on all cylinders and the energy is flowing perfectly. At least that's what Paul tells Dave this week, and Dave agrees! Listen as your two favorite weekend warriors talk about the components of a "perfect" gig, then listen as they explore topics of theater as it relates to rock-and-roll, getting the whole band on in-ears, and two new shows you need to watch. All this and more, and the only price of admission? Always Be Performing!

    00:00:00 Gig Gab 314 - Tuesday, July 27, 2021

    00:01:32 Houserockers Say Goodbye to Steve

    Extra $$ for Extra Time

    First come, first serve

    00:11:56 When it’s firing on all cylinders

    When the conversation morphs back-and-forth between verbal and musical

    00:19:26 Theatre chops in a Rock Band

    00:29:30 SPONSOR: Ultimate Ears Pro. To celebrate the return of live music, Ultimate Ears is offering listeners 20% off with coupon code GIGGAB20. Offer ends on 8/14.

    00:32:00 Under The Volcano on 8/17

    00:34:19 McCartney 3,2,1 on Hulu

    00:46:59 The Claypool Lennon Delirium

    00:48:18 Fling–All-Ears On Deck

    Strymon Iridium

    Joyo American

    Mackie MP320

    00:55:00 GG 314 Outtro

    • 56 min
    People Behaving Like People

    People Behaving Like People

    Being a performer often means you get to be an invisible spectator... of the crowd who is watching you! Listen as Paul and Dave share some stories (new and old!) about what they've watched people do from the Working Musicians' side of the fourth wall.

    Then it's time to negotiate. How do you ask for money? How do you know why someone said, "no"? Listen as your two favorite weekend warriors share their trials, tribulations, and advice. And remember: Always Be Performing!

    00:00:00 Gig Gab 313 - Monday, July 19, 2021

    00:02:33 Raymond-311-Went with the Electro-Voice EVOLVE 30M

    00:05:00 Chafed–Same As It Ever Was

    00:15:38 Bitter Pill–Angry Dude, Great Show

    00:20:22 When an ‘OK’ gig trends bad

    00:26:56 Negotiating is just a conversation

    00:30:33 When do you mention price?

    Always Be Following-Up (credit: Scott Jordan)

    SaneBox’s SaneReminders

    RFC = Reasons For Contact

    00:43:29 GG 313 Outtro

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    The Ever-Elusive "Great Sound"

    The Ever-Elusive "Great Sound"

    There's always at least a bit of a gamble in taking the stage. More often it comes up pretty standard, sometimes you get the Stage of Dread, but occasionally ... every now and then ... things are just perfect.

    Despite being a country apart, your two favorite weekend warriors each experienced that perfect stage with great sound this weekend, and they share their stories.

    That's not all, though, listen as Paul and Dave talk through Dave's magic word: Costume. Listen and then send in your thoughts to feedback@giggabpodcast.com

    All that and more... press play, and always be performing.

    00:00:00 Gig Gab 312 - Monday, July 12, 2021

    00:01:09 Bitter Pill – Hippies in the woods

    Hippy Hollow

    Earthworks SV33

    00:10:26 When It Feels Good On Stage

    00:14:05 Paul’s Road Trip

    Every man for himself vs. No one leaves until there’s a clean stage

    Dark Desert Eagles

    00:31:40 The Magic Word: Costume

    00:42:15 Antagonistic Club Policies

    00:46:37 Replacing a Band Member

    00:55:34 Losing the collaboration of a friend

    01:00:17 GG 312 Outtro

    • 24 min
    More Microphones Than Cents

    More Microphones Than Cents

    Your favorite weekend warriors had a revelation: It's easy to have a lot of microphones! Listen as Paul and Dave answer your questions about gear, including in-ears, mixers, and PA speakers (the microphones were their idea!).

    Also on the docket: the sacred space that is band rehearsal. Listen, learn, and enjoy. Oh, and send in your feedback, too! feedback@giggabpodcast.com is where you wanna be...and where we want you to be.

    Always Be Performing!

    00:00:00 Gig Gab 311 - Wednesday, July 7, 2021

    00:00:52 Voyeuristic Rehearsal Outcome

    00:04:55 Losing a Key Band Member

    00:10:52 Old Dominion — Songwriters, Sammy, and Petty!

    00:15:51 Eric-Inexpensive In-Ears to Get?

    WAVS Custom




    KZ Audio

    00:27:08 More microphones than sense

    SE Microphones

    Heil Microphones

    00:31:02 Raymond-Which PA to use for Small Acoustic Act?

    Bose L1 - $899

    Knox Line Array - $199.99

    Fishman SA330X - $849.95

    Mackie SRM Flex - $799

    Turbosound iP500 - $838

    Turbosound iP300 - $460

    Behringer X Air XR18 (16 XLR inputs) - $549

    Mackie DL16S (16 XLR) - $849

    Mackie ProFX12v3 (7 XLR) - $329

    Soundcraft EPM8 (8 XLR) - $295

    00:43:20 Teasing up the “Dress” topic

    00:44:51 GG 311 Outtro

    • 48 min
    Bands and Connections

    Bands and Connections

    Music connects us all, but how do you define the connection between you and your audience? You and your bandmates? Listen as Paul and Dave discuss, dissect, and even debate a few aspects of all this. Press play, enjoy, and please remember: always be performing!

    00:00:00 Gig Gab 310 - Wednesday, June 30, 2021

    00:02:34 Bitter Pill — There’s something happening here

    00:14:13 Paul – Three Gig Weekend… Houserockers and Solo.

    00:17:00 Voice issues

    00:20:01 SPONSOR: Ultimate Ears Pro. To celebrate the return of live music, Ultimate Ears Pro is offering big discounts! Plus, they’re giving away a free UE SWITCH when you buy ANY UE PRO model. To learn more go to pro.ultimateears.com.

    00:22:20 Public rehearsals.

    The key is knowing that what you’re doing sits in the balance between the most important thing and the most frivolous

    00:29:05 Connecting your band

    00:46:53 GG 310 Outtro

    • 47 min
    Chasing The Perfect Gig

    Chasing The Perfect Gig

    What's the definition of the perfect gig? Would you know it if you played it? If so, how will that impact the next gig? Listen as Dave and Paul talk through their recent performances and relate them to what the future will look like. Just remember, folks, even when you're making it up as you go, you can still always be performing!

    00:00:00 Gig Gab 309 - Tuesday, June 22, 2021

    00:00:45 The Houserockers’ Triumphant Return

    WAVS Custom In-Ears

    00:13:15 The Perfect Gig

    Bitter Pill

    Bitter Pill at Eastman’s Farm

    00:18:47 Brewhouse Gigs

    00:33:57 Making it up as we go along

    00:45:04 GigGab 309

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

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!

=Mr Kelly= ,

Awesome guys. Good content. To the point.

Listening to this each week helps me with my fictional writing project about bands and other industry folks. Thanks so much.

bplath ,

Long time listener

I’ve been listening to the show for many years and always look forward to the conversation each week. It’s insightful getting to hear other weekend warriors share their experiences playing music. ABP!

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