372 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 • 38 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.

    The Gmail Story

    The Gmail Story

    There’s no greater compliment for a musician than having someone catch the subtle things that happen on stage, and the bartender at The Midway Cafe caught all that and more this weekend.

    Listen as Dave shares his tales about the gig, and yes, that includes the follow-up to Gig Gab 371’s shared backline saga.

    That’s not all, though… Paul and Dave talk about vanity cover bands (there IS such a thing!), cash-only clubs, warmup routines, and being prepared for rehearsal.

    Your two favorite weekend warriors packed a LOT into these 29 minutes, and all you need to do is press play and enjoy. Always be performing, folks!



    00:00:00 Gig Gab 372 – Monday, February 6th, 2023

    00:00:53 A follow up: The Gmail Story

    00:04:04 Shout out to The Midway Cafe bartender: And It Hurts!



    Fling UNCORKED!

    Kicked In The Nuts (by Fling!)





    00:07:59 WeAll Will, the vanity cover band!

    00:14:30 Martin, Morrell, and Fredette

    00:16:34 Larry Newman opened for Chuck Berry

    00:19:29 Two cash-only clubs in a row

    00:21:10 Warmup Routine

    00:22:56 Learning new material

    00:25:29 Being Prepared for Rehearsal

    00:28:13 GG 372 Outtro



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    • 29 min
    No Drama The Day of The Gig

    No Drama The Day of The Gig

    How competitive are you when it comes to booking gigs? When another band gets a gig you want (or used to have), how does that land for you? Listen as Paul and Dave talk through their thoughts on this.

    Traveling around the country (and the world) as your two favorite weekend warriors recently have, it’s interesting to notice how music is different — and the same — everywhere else. Ain’t music grand?

    What about when the music business ain’t grand, though? How do you approach gigs to ensure that you’re able to focus, play well, and perform? It’s not easy, but we need to find our ways of rising above!

    Press play and enjoy…and hey, always be performing!



    00:00:00 Gig Gab 371 – Monday, January 30th, 2023

    00:01:27 A German-Italian Christmas (Music) in January?

    00:03:47 N’awlins Music Scene

    00:07:02 Monkey Fist

    00:09:25 The Stakes of an Original vs Cover Gig

    00:11:37 Adding a Member to the Trio

    00:16:14 The competitive nature of booking gigs

    00:18:03 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.

    00:19:42 Fling Gig on 15-minute changeover

    00:30:55 No Drama The Day of The Gig



    Picking Up The Pieces





    00:41:50 GG 371 Outtro



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    • 42 min
    Play Dive Bars!

    Play Dive Bars!

    If you could go back in time and give advice to your band, what would it be?

    Listen as your two favorite weekend warriors talk through a lot of your thoughts and answers to this question, and they share some of their own, too.

    But first, Dave saw a band (Def Leppard!) and a movie (If These Walls Could Sing) and he and Paul talk through some of the lessons—and trivia tidbits—learned from both of these.

    Just remember… press play! Also remember: always be performing!



    00:00:00 Gig Gab 370 – Monday, January 16th, 2023



    PreSonus Quantum 2626

    macOS Aggregate Audio Devices





    00:06:43 CES-Def Leppard



    Photograph with Constantine Maroulis





    00:14:42 Movie: If These Walls Could Sing

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    00:21:34 Tips For Building a Successful Cover Band



    Cover Band Confidential Crossover Episode

    Steve Witschel

    Repertoire: Manage Expectations

    SambaDá

    Deliver!

    Choose Your Bandmates!

    Business

    Setlist is Everything!

    Have Fun!

    Play Dive Bars!





    00:51:54 Dave Misses Gigging

    00:54:33 GG 370 Outtro



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    • 54 min
    Don't Be That Guy

    Don't Be That Guy

    It’s winter…how is your band’s momentum doing? Are you making yourself seem active even if you aren’t?

    Listen as Paul and Dave talk through this concept and share some ideas they have about keeping your band active even if you aren’t playing quite as many gigs as usual.

    Then your two favorite weekend warriors dissect the different rehearsal styles of different bands. No band is the same, and there are plenty of “right” ways to be productive. What works for your band? Let us know at feedback@giggabpodcast.com.

    Finally, Dave just got back from CES and found a bunch of cool stuff…so he and Paul talk it all through!

    Press play and enjoy, folks. Oh, and hey… don’t be that guy. Also, always be performing!



    00:00:00 Gig Gab 369 – Tuesday, January 10th, 2023

    00:02:23 Momentum Matters



    Recent Gigs…and cancelations

    Don’t Think, Just Concentrate





    00:08:45 Different Rehearsal Styles



    Suit and Tie (Timberlake)





    00:22:37 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.

    00:24:25 Vinyl at CES:



    JBL Spinner BT Bluetooth (and wired) Turntable

    Victrola Stream Onyx (wired and Sonos)





    00:30:11 SceneKey from Meloscene at CES – Metaverse/VR music collaboration

    00:32:53 PreSonus Notion Mobile 3 – Music composition and Scoring (with handwriting recognition!)

    00:34:12 NAMM 2023 in April



    Music Radar

    PASIC





    00:39:17 …and PreSonus’s Studio One 6

    00:43:28 GG 369 Outtro



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    • 43 min
    Dissecting Songs

    Dissecting Songs

    How do you figure out what each harmony line (or guitar line, or drum part) is in songs you’re learning? Listen as Paul and Dave share their processes — and a new app! — for doing exactly this.

    First, though, your two favorite weekend warriors go through their recent gigs — and cancelations — and discuss how they deal with all of life’s unexpected twists and turns.

    And then it’s time for some resolutions! Share yours, too, at feedback@giggabpodcast.com and let the rest of your Gig Gabbers know. Oh, and also: Always Be Performing!



    00:00:00 Gig Gab 368 – Monday, January 2nd, 2023

    00:01:42 Two canceled gigs!



    Humes & Berg Cases





    00:12:47 The Acoustic Fake-Book

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    00:15:58 Moises, The Musician’s App



    Capo





    00:27:24 New Year’s Resolutions

    00:35:00 GG 368 Outtro



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    • 39 min
    The Etiquette of Music

    The Etiquette of Music

    “If you’re going to do something that affects other people, be a good dude and talk to them about it.” These wise words from Paul Kent shape today’s discussion. Listen as he and Dave talk through various forms of musician etiquette, both on-stage and off.

    Plus, some tips about both promoting your band AND protecting yourself against clubs with crappy Wi-Fi scenarios.

    Press play, happy holidays, and Always Be Performing!





    00:00:00 Gig Gab 367 – Tuesday, December 20th, 2022





    00:03:00 Managing Your Band’s Momentum





    Stinkfoot Orchestra









    00:09:19 Etiquette of being in multiple projects





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    00:23:22 SPONSOR: Rocket Money. Get rid of useless subscriptions with Rocket Money now. Seriously, it could save you HUNDREDS per year. Go to RocketMoney.com/GigGab to get started.





    00:24:42 Rob-Using BandsInTown to discover new shows and new music





    00:30:20 CSF-Get a Lightning-to-Ethernet Connector as a Wi-Fi backup for your Digital Mixer





    00:32:57 The Etiquette of Announcing Gigs





    Festering sucks









    00:47:12 GG 367 Outtro





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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 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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