New Podcast Episode on The Music Entrepreneur HQ with Brent Vaartstra

At last, the first podcast episode of the year is here.

I rarely if ever intend to stop publishing the week before and after the New Year, but that’s just the way things seem to work out. I’m sure you don’t mind, right?

But just so you know, the New Year content that I publish every single year is going to come at you rapidly (as opposed to over the course of several weeks or several months)! So, if you’re ready for a dose of inspiration, you’ll want to subscribe to the podcast.

Okay, but first, I’d love for you to listen to my latest interview with Brent Vaartstra.

And, in case you think you might be suffering from a case of déjà vu, don’t worry – Brent was on an earlier episode too.

The latest episode is especially great for music instructors who don’t know about the various ways they can be making money online. But even if you’re a musician or music entrepreneur, you’ll discover plenty of great insights into monetizing your music career.

That’s all for now, kids, but I promise there is a lot more coming!

Coming Soon: The Essential Guide to Creative Entrepreneurship

What have I been working on today?

Well, among many other things, I’ve been working on formatting my forthcoming book, The Essential Guide to Creative Entrepreneurship.

And, the only thing left to do now is cover design (I sent the specs off to my designer today), and proofing.

Once I have the proof copy in my hands, I’ll carefully review each section and make notes on what (if anything) needs to be changed.

And, once that’s all sorted out, I’ll make it available for sale.

This will be the first of – what I hope will be – many books this year.

Yes, I do have an aggressive publishing schedule in mind. But that’s because I can see some important things coming together if I dedicate myself to the process.

Will there be a launch party? The answer is probably. I’d like to do a simultaneous launch with my new EP, No Escape.

And, yes, in case you’re wondering, Flashes of Elation is in the queue as well. Because I’d like to get another handbook out in February, I’m not sure I will get around to it until March. But Flashes will have my full, undivided attention at that point, until it’s finished. Whew.

That’s all for today, but there’s so much more to talk about. I’ll keep you posted.

I Was Featured on the Passive Income Musician Podcast

There’s a lot going on in DAW World, so I hope to document and share a lot more with you here in 2019.

Here’s the first update I’ve put together in a long time. It won’t be my last though, I promise.

And, today, I just wanted to mention that I was featured on the Passive Income Musician podcast. If it interests you, I’d love it if you’d take a listen and let me know your thoughts.

The podcast is hosted by Brent Vaartstra of Learn Jazz Standards, someone I’ve had the chance to get to know in the last couple of months.

Sometimes, you run into people that you have an easy connection with. Brent is one of those people, which is why I love chatting with him. No doubt it’s because we share a lot in common, not the least of which is our passion for music and teaching musicians.

Brent was also on my podcast recently, and I will be publishing another episode this week featuring Brent. This is the first time I’ve done two episodes back to back with any guest, but I love serial content, so I hope to do more of these.

Something I’ve discovered through interviewing a lot of people is that sometimes it’s hard to create a compelling focus and angle for each episode.

It’s not that the guests don’t offer great content. It’s that I have so many questions for them, which makes it impossible to narrow the focus. Inevitably, the interview ends up going in a bunch of different directions because of what interests me most about any given guest.

So, if I have one episode that covers the guest’s story, and another that’s laser focused on their expertise, I think that’s the ideal. I’ll venture to guess that not ever guest would be willing to do this, but I just figured I’d put it out there.

Anyway, I hope you’ll take a listen to my interview on the Passive Income Musician, and here’s to many more interviews in 2019.

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.

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.