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 https://www.prosco.com.

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.

David Andrew Wiebe - FragmentsHey all, I know it’s been a while since I’ve published anything here.

I tend to get a little ambitious with all of my projects, so while I do make an effort to keep this site updated, I don’t always get around to posting on the blog. I need to fix that.

Yes, “Fragments” is here, and that’s still pretty fresh in my mind. But that’s not the only reason I’m excited. I have another single that comes out tomorrow, and yet another that’s about halfway finished.

I know that there has been a long, prolonged silence on the music front. I’ve been out there performing, I’ve been producing, I’ve even appeared as a session player on other people’s wonderful albums. But it is a bit of a different feeling to be releasing my own music again.

Shipwrecked… My Sentiments harkens all the way back to 2006 (hard to believe it’s almost been 10 years). Even Demos 2010, which was an unofficial release, came out in 2011.

Between 2011 and 2015, I was pretty heavily involved in business. If nothing else, it was an extremely valuable learning experience, but I’m not sure it was ever meant to be more than that.

My business efforts continue on in the form of my book and the content creation I do for The Music Entrepreneur and Music Entrepreneur Book. For me, I love writing and podcasting, so it is just as much a pursuit of passion as it is a business. But I’m also earnestly looking at ways it can make a living for me.

As of now, I am an in-demand full-time freelancer, and that in and of itself is a major accomplishment worth celebrating. But I’m also looking ahead at the horizon to figure out how I can achieve even more freedom.

In any case, getting back to the subject at hand, “Fragments” is available in a variety of difference places. You can even listen for free if you so choose, but I always appreciate purchases.

Check out “Fragments” at the following fine outlets:

By the way, you can also find it on iTunes, but I can’t find a link for that. Just go into the iTunes store and search it up if you like.