002 – My New Single, “Waves”Did you hear? I just put out a new single on March 31, 2017. True story.

In this podcast episode, I get into a little bit about this new tune. And then I just do my usual antics (sorry).

Have fun guys, and check it out.

Media Highlights:

00:00 – Waves…
00:07 – I’m DavidAndrewWiebe.com
00:16 – Why it’s called “Waves” and how it came about
01:44 – Production process
02:37 – Where you can buy or stream “Waves”
03:43 – Conclusion

Transcription:

Waves by David Andrew WiebeWaves. Smooth. Ocean.

I’m DavidAndrewWiebe.com, and you’re hearing my new single for 2017 called “Waves.”

Okay, so why is it called “Waves” and how did it come about?

See, the thing is, I like synthwave. You might know that I recorded a song called “City Lights.” Yeah, “City Lights.” It’s kind of a cool tune, I think.

And, it’s basically inspired by synthwave, retrowave, that kind of stuff. I don’t know if you’ve heard it. It’s basically like 80s soundtrack music except it’s been created for modern day. So, it’s new music, and yet it’s old at the same time.

And I was watching the Amy Winehouse documentary called Amy. It’s pretty interesting stuff. And then I thought to myself – and this was a pretty crazy thought to be fair – “is there a way to combine jazz and synthwave?”

And so, that’s really how this track got started. And what’s interesting about it is, it kind of starts with the jazz progression, but then the bass comes in and says, “Hey, what the heck do you think you’re doing? We’re going to play some music here.” And then the jazz progression sort of transitions into more of an island vibe.

And some people have said it sounds a little bit like Sonic 2 or video game music or whatever. So, that’s kind of how it turned out. So, sometimes you never know what’s going to happen when you combine two things. But it might end up sounding like something that’s out there.

So, I like this song a lot. And, there’s a little bit of guitar in there, but for the most part, it is synth that I composed. I always compose first in Power Tab, because I’m super weird, and my name is DavidAndrewWiebe.com. So, that’s just how we do things around here.

So, most of the song was composed in there, and then I imported the media into Tracktion, and then once it was in Tracktion, I just attached certain VST plugins to it, and then it started sounding pretty cool.

Now, are all the sounds the highest quality? No, not necessarily, and if I had better quality plugins, maybe I would choose some other ones, but I don’t, and that’s how we do things at DavidAndrewWiebe.com.

Waves. Yeah, this is brand new music. Are you enjoying it? I hope so. And like I said, it’s got a bit of a video game groove.

So, if you’re listening to this, and you enjoy it, you can get it practically everywhere. I distributed this single through a service called DistroKid, which is pretty cool. DistroKid, yeah, right on.

So, go anywhere you usually go to stream music. But if you care about me, stream it on Microsoft Groove Music. And, if you care even more about me, then buy it on iTunes, and then I make more money.

Yeah, I said iTunes. I know it’s a weird way of pronouncing it. That’s okay, because that’s how we do things here at DavidAndrewWiebe.com.

If you really don’t care about me that much, then you can go ahead and stream it on Spotify because I’m never going to get paid anything from those guys. It’s crazy. It’s ridiculous. No, I shouldn’t say that. I will one day make thousands of dollars from Spotify, but I would prefer to make it elsewhere because they pay me more, and that’s better.

So, buy it if you care, or stream it if you care less. I don’t care. Do you care? Naw. This is how we do things. DavidAndrewWiebe.com. Waves.

001 – David Andrew Wiebe Update: March 14, 2017

I’m back at it again.

Media Highlights:

00:00 – Catching up
00:10 – I keep my website updated with the latest shows
00:44 – My upcoming concert at The Brass Monkey
00:59 – The band
01:17 – Collaborators
02:02 – Demos and writing songs
02:16 – Four new singles in 2016
03:04 – My upcoming book, Flashes of Elation

Transcription:

Hey there, it’s David Andrew Wiebe. I know it’s been a while since I’ve done an update like this one. And I’m sure many of you are wondering, “what the heck have you been up to?” Well, anyway…

I wanted to let you know that I do keep my website updated with all the latest shows. Even though I may not have a ton of updates like this one, or blog posts, I’m still posting all the latest shows that I’m performing with various bands. So, you can go to DavidAndrewWiebe.com and learn about all the latest shows. Shows, DavidAndrewWiebe.com. Not really sure where else you would go to find out about those shows. Maybe Facebook? Facebook’s not a bad place, but I think we all win when you go to DavidAndrewWiebe.com to learn about all the latest shows.

And speaking of shows, I have one coming up at The Brass Monkey this weekend, March 18, 2017, in Calgary. If you happen to be in Calgary, come on out. And if you’re from another planet, come on out. I think we’re going to have a really good time there.

David Andrew Wiebe Band @ The Brass Monkey Calgary Alberta March 18 2017Because I’m having a couple members from Adrenalize join me and we’ve formed a bit of a power trio. We’ve only had one practice together so far, we are going to have another. But we’re sounding really good. Even I’m pleasantly surprised by the results so far.

And it’s mostly a thing of convenience to be honest. Had a lot of great collaborators through the years, and I don’t want to discount any of them. Anna, Taylor, Patrick, Josh, and others. And you guys all contributed a lot to the music and hopefully we get to get together and do more together at some point. It just so happens, this show I’m doing with members from Adrenalize. And that’s kind of how things worked out. But we’re sounding good.

I think it’s the first time I’ve done a show like this where I’ve had proper bass player, proper drummer, and I just get to handle guitar. And only have to think about guitar and singing. Well, singing too, of course. Guitar and singing. And the lyrics. Can’t forget the lyrics. I mean, it’s pretty easy to forget the lyrics actually. Anna knows this about me.

I’ve also been demoing some new songs. You’ll be glad to know that I think. I still keep on writing here and there, I still come up with new ideas. Lyrics and musical ideas still continue to come to me, believe it or not.

What am I even talking about? I released four new singles last year. If you missed out on those, check them out. There’s some good songs there:

I’m actually really proud of what I was able to accomplish with those. Now, if I had them to do over again, certainly I would have made some improvements, but when I listen to them and certainly compare them against my past works, they’re pretty good.

Have a listen. Go to Spotify. Better yet, maybe go to Google Play. Actually, better yet, go to Microsoft Groove. That’s a better one. Or is it? Maybe not. But we do get paid more as artists when you go to Microsoft Groove. Actually, just go to iTunes and spend some money there, because that’s probably the best way to get rewarded as an artist. Or you could buy it at CD Baby, that works too. I don’t care, just go where you go.

I also wanted to let you know that I am working on my second book. It’s called Flashes of Elation: Navigating the World as a Sensitive, Creative Soul. This is really coming along at this point, and I’m looking forward to releasing it and launching it later this year. And I hope you’ll check that out. I’ll certainly leave a link in the description. Although I guess if this is Facebook, then, it might not be in the description. So, maybe watch this video on my website instead at DavidAndrewWiebe.com and that way it’ll be in the description, or you could say the blog post itself. I don’t know. If it’s YouTube, it’s in the description. If it’s in the blog post, can you really call it a description?

Flashes of Elation in many colors
Which one is your favorite?

Anyway, I’ll see you over at DavidAndrewWiebe.com.

The day has arrived.

Tonight, I will be performing at Café Blanca along with Joanna Drummond, and the new The Circle host, Frederick Tamagi.

If you’ve been to a singer/songwriter circle before, then you know what we’re about to embark upon. But it isn’t just any old singer/songwriter circle, it’s an organic collaboration between its participants. Plus, we’ll each be covering songs by the great Bob Dylan.

The Circle, by the way, is an extension of The Listening Room, which now features two distinct events – The Circle, as already described, and The Classics, which will see jazz vocalists reinterpreting the works of the greats, along with a little help from The Listening Room house band.

So, if you’re interested in hearing myself (as well as Joanna and Fred) like you’ve never heard me before, I will see you at Café Blanca (240 Riverfront Ave SW, Calgary, AB) at 7 PM.

I’m Performing at The Listening Room Tonight

Don't Wait Too Long - David Andrew WiebeI ended up having to delay the release of my latest single, “Don’t Wait Too Long” for a month, because I was sick for about a week in July. But I’m pleased to announce that it’s finally here, ready for purchase.

One of the bands that has influenced me through the years is a little-known duo called They Might Be Giants. But even if you haven’t heard their name, you probably have heard their work, because their music has appeared in the likes of Austin Powers as well as Malcom in the Middle (the theme song, “Boss of Me” specifically).

TMBG is known for their quirky, sometimes cryptic lyrics that leave their songs open to listener interpretation. On occasion, I’ve been known to write songs like that too.

But more importantly, there’s a TMBG documentary called Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns). It’s called a tale of two Johns because both of the founding partners are named John. In the documentary, they’re shown working on a song called “Man, It’s So Loud in Here.” Musically, “Don’t Wait Too Long” was inspired by this song.

What I like about “Man, It’s So Loud in Here” is that it has a really sparse and slightly ominous sounding verse, and an over-the-top, catchy and full chorus. I wanted to write a song like that, and that’s basically how “Don’t Wait Too Long” came about.

Like “Fragments”, the song was composed and written several years back. I also had the melody and lyrics for the chorus at that point, but they were set aside for some future day. Well, that day has finally come. I breathed life into the half-finished song by adding the verses and attaching real (?) VST plugin sounds to what were originally nothing more than MIDI keyboard sounds. Then I layered guitars and vocals. Finally, I mixed and mastered the track. And now it’s here.

Like a TMBG song, the lyrics are open to interpretation, but they aren’t terribly quirky. I think listeners will attach their own meaning to the song, and I don’t think any interpretation is wrong. You might conclude that the writer is waiting in vain, and you might also determine that s/he is justified in their faith. You might also conclude that they’ve found faith in their friend that’s clearly taken a turn for the worse (“What was the step that led you down into darkness?)”, in themselves, or in God.

Ultimately, I think it’s an uplifting song. But listening to it even made me a bit emotional. I hope you enjoy it, with all its beautiful flaws and imperfections.

You can learn more about how to listen to or buy the track here.

Daily Update

As you’re likely aware, I started helping out with The Question community back in September 2015. We’ve been on hiatus during the summer, but community gatherings will be resuming in September. In addition to being an opportunity for me to put many of my talents to use, it has also connected me with some really great people.

You may have also heard me talking about Deanne Matley’s Listening Room series. I had her write a post for The Music Entrepreneur.

In the last two to three months, I’ve been connecting with both Deanne and The Question founder Frederick Tamagi to discuss the future of Listening Room YYC.

We’ve done a bit of re-tooling, but we’re moving forward with the project, and have scheduled eight monthly events at Café Blanca and Red Bush Tea & Coffee Co. starting in September. You can check out the website and our Facebook page if you’d like to learn more.

We’re really looking forward to presenting the new The Circle and The Classics formats. The Circle will feature emerging songwriters in a unique songwriter circle, and The Classics will feature jazz vocalists performing tunes inspired by the likes of Julie London, Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Hartman, and others.

With your help, we believe we can get the word out about the new community. If you would be willing to share our events on your Facebook profile, we’d be very grateful. You can find the events on our Facebook page. I am scheduled to perform at the September and October The Circle events, which I’m looking forward to.

In addition, Long Jon Lev is scheduled to perform at John Dutton Theatre (in Calgary Public Library) on September 9. We’re celebrating all kinds of birthdays and reunions and who knows what else. We’d love to see you there as well.

September is shaping up to be an exciting time. I look forward to seeing you, and on behalf of everyone involved, know that we really appreciate your support and help in sharing these upcoming events.