Author (The Essential Guide to Creative Entrepreneurship)
This is my take – blue book [The New Music Industry] is like enjoying one of Wes Craven’s earliest horror films and thinking, ‘This guy’s gonna be a master of slasher flicks someday.’ The yellow book [The Essential Guide to Creative Entrepreneurship] is coming back a few years later and seeing Nightmare on Elm Street 3. – Ace of Spades
David and I have regularly performed live together for nearly a decade. What hit home with me about The Essential Guide is how perfectly laser-targeted the advice and strategies, many of which I never would have thought of, fit what I want and need to achieve as a veteran musician – even though the target audience includes all types of artists.
And, there’s more – about 15 minutes after reading the first three chapters, a super cute girl in a grocery lineup started flirting with me and wouldn’t let up. Coincidence? Maybe. But all successful musicians since The Beatles have attracted groupies. And, I haven’t seen a better play-to-play manual than this one to be a successful musician. – Brennan Arsenault
Author (The Essential Guide to Music Entrepreneurship)
Really smart and powerful book.
Really excellent book. Concise and to the point, and most importantly it focuses on what really matters: not the nitty-gritty tactical stuff that changes practically every week – but the crucial mindset and strategic thought work that’s required to succeed as an entrepreneur.
For any musician wondering what it’s going to take to make a living with their music in the modern world, this book is a tremendous all-in-one resource to answer that question for you. – Christopher Sutton
David knows the ins and outs of the modern musician. He’s passionate about it and has experience and he’s used it all to provide a great guide for today’s musicians. This guide is a wonderful resource for any musician with questions about the music business. From getting into the right mindset to specific revenue tactics.
Being successful on the business side doesn’t have to take away from your creative side. Each can satisfy the other and this book helps show you how. – Dayne Shuda
Author (The Music Entrepreneur Code)
There’s Only One Boss
David Andrew Wiebe is the real deal, a master musician, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. Also one of the most knowledgeable people you’ll ever meet in the industry and has mentored me in launching my career as a composer, touring artist, and producer. His new book is the greatest book I’ve ever read on making it in offering insight and real applied knowledge on how to make it in today’s music industry. – Patrick Zelinski
Author (The New Music Industry)
Once we’re clear of “mountain view” thinking, we’re ready to act, and one thing that is the most helpful is honest communication. David Andrew Wiebe provides just that, both through his website and this book. There is no pretension or abstraction at work here, and the reader is better off for it. He draws on his 12 years of self-promotion experience and is refreshingly open about his limitations and follies, a style myself think is among the best ways to teach. From the basics of blogging, bio writing, social media, and podcasting to music promotion, David covers a wide range of steps to help you start scaling your individual mountain. – James Moore
I had the pleasure of helping edit this manual. I would recommend it to any musician who is starting a music career but does not know where to begin. – Maveen Kaura
The music industry is different than it has been in the past. The opportunity has never been better for independent artists to make their mark and grow a community of followers and fans. David’s manual takes you through all the steps to understanding the current industry and giving you action steps to begin building your career. Get it now, read it right away and access it again and again. You’ll learn something new every time. – Dayne Shuda
The New Music Industry doesn’t just give you tips and tricks; it builds you a very solid foundation. If you are serious about a career as an independent artist, this book will help you develop the business mindset and personal growth skills you need to succeed. – Sean Harley
David Andrew Wiebe has a profound understanding of not just the changes that have happened in the music industry but of the ones that are going to happen. This is an amazing ebook! – Tom Jeffries
If there’s something that most artists are great at, it’s being spontaneous. But If there’s something we definitely need to do better, and to do more frequently, it’s the opposite–make a plan. David’s book shows us all, in great detail and from our point of view, how to build, refine, and live that plan. Success in music is difficult, but for those who read this book it goes from a roll of the dice to counting cards. In an industry where the house rules are often against the individual, The New Music Industry is your guide to evening the odds. – Jonathan Ferguson
In this great book, David brings us a whole foundation to work from, covering all essential aspects and more! This book should be required reading for any independent musician, beginner to advanced. Apply what is within, to your situation, and get a serious edge up within the industry. Each section is packed with tons of useful information. “The New Music Industry: Adapting, Growing and Thriving in The Information Age” is a real hit! – Adam Meachem
David has his finger on the pulse of what it means to be a musician in this day and age. He is optimistic without being impractical. He says everything that everybody should be saying on the subject but isn’t. You would be doing yourself a disservice not reading his words. This is a manifesto for the modern musician. Required reading. – Corey Koehler
David Andrew Wiebe’s latest book, The New Music Industry, is a refreshing Big Picture guide to what an artist needs to consider to pursue a lasting career in the music business. Like any good teacher or mentor, David draws valuable wisdom from his own life as a musician and music industry professional, distilling that experience into thoughtful, practical advice that anyone can follow. More than a simple How-To manual, David digs deeper to really help the artist understand their goals and to get into the right mindset to achieve them. – Keith A. Link
If you’re a musician in the year 2016 moving forward and you want to make a serious go of your career, then you will initially feel overwhelmed at what steps to take first. Forget what Captain Kirk said, the internet and world wide web is the final frontier.
Here is my recommendation for your first couple of steps: Hone your craft, work hard on your material and work on how best to get these talents across by practicing in your garage until your tails fall off. Then you need to buy a copy of David Andrew Wiebe’s excellent book.
I really don’t think he’s left out one step on how to use the internet and social networks to reach the maximum amount of fans. And not just passive fans, but fans who will respond and circulate your band’s name and image.
You’ll learn how to get video clips not only distributed but watched by the kind of people that will wind up banging the drum on THEIR Facebook pages and work as your personal PR people.
David Andrew Wiebe is the king of internet music marketing and, most importantly, social networking platforms. To me if he hasn’t written about it in this excellent book, it’s close to useless or not in existence.
Great, easy to read and comprehend book. – Scott Kirby
It seems like every time I read one of your articles, I always finish it shaking my head in agreement. – Michael Hill
My daughter started the Violin this year at school, and has really been enjoying learning to read music and play! She has been spending most of her computer time looking up and learning more online. She’s mentioned your page several times and I wanted to just send you a quick note to tell you and thank you for encouraging her via your site. She has been talking about possibly trying to pursue music as a career, and I am thrilled with her interest and enthusiasm! – Lynette Brown
David Andrew WIebe, who’s the author and owner of this website, really knows and can tell you in all ways possible how you can apply business mentality to every step of your musical journey. This blog has articles on some major problems which every musician faces. This guy can help you remove all those hurdles from your life. – Melody 4 Purpose
David Andrew Wiebe has his finger on the pulse of the independent music scene that only a handful of music blogs have. While other bloggers write for music lovers, Wiebe writes for musicians. He discusses what goes on in the background beyond the creative process such as handling finances and building a personal brand. Other music blogs reinforce stereotypes of struggling creatives but his take on how artists must treat themselves also as entrepreneurs are fresh and inviting. Whether you’re a musician or a music lover, you’ll surely have a renewed appreciation for music after reading Music Entrepreneur HQ. – TierraGamer
David was instrumental in bringing my career to a point where I was living off my freelance work. He gladly answered my questions, connected me with his contacts, and we have remained in touch and worked together ever since. David is a total pro. – Liam Duncan
In his coaching approach, David Andrew Wiebe allows space for you to fully express what matters to you and helps you see things from a perspective you’ve never seen before. Wiebe does not rely on “one size fit all” solutions. He allows you to discover what is possible in an organic, gentle, considerate and safe manner. He is a walking dictionary and is acquainted with countless resources whether it’s technical, operational or personal development related. – Mabel Wong
David has been wonderful to work with over the last several years. Punctual. Professional. Responsive. He worked on several writing projects for us and was quick to understand what was expected of him and also able to take feedback well and improve. He also worked on other side projects for us and did very well on those. David was always someone we could trust. I believe he is a great addition to any company. – Dayne Shuda
David Andrew Wiebe is quite simply one of the best guitar players I’ve ever had the pleasure of sharing the stage with. Witnessing his improvisational skill first hand has been a particularly unparalleled joy for me, over the past decade. In the studio, forget ‘stumping’ him – I don’t think he’s ever felt slightly uncertain about what he wants to play on a track. But he’s also willing to try anything until it sounds right to you. My only worry about Dave is that, now that I’ve told you about him, it’s possible that he may become a bit too busy. David is excellent at playing to the song, improvising, and giving me exactly what I need in every situation. – Jonathan Ferguson
David is excellent at playing to the song, improvising, and giving me exactly what I need in every situation. – Yves Gravel
David Andrew Wiebe’s music is a beautiful balance of melodic complexity and peppy upbeat elements. Lyrically fun yet occasionally introspective, DAW waxes nostalgic in easy-to-listen synth and recalls the best parts of a childhood’s summer afternoon. Give him a listen! You’ll want to crack open a Mountain Dew and skate down the sidewalk! – Phil Bird
David, thank YOU for the podcast. I’m hearing it every day and I’m already getting results from applying ideas that you mentioned. – João Filipe
I raise my goblet of rock to you, good sir!
“The music industry has changed dramatically and this podcast will help you evolve with the times so that you can pursue your dream of being a musician!” – The Marketing Book Podcast
Something about David Wiebe’s voice is pretty damn soothing if you ask me. But don’t let that fool you. His podcast is jam packed with golden nuggets that cover a variety of topics not only to do with music but mindset and motivation (very important aspects of any business). – Monica Strut
That’s what’s great about listening to you – is you get in the crevices where other people don’t. – Ariel Hyatt
It was hard to ignore your presence online… You’re definitely the resource for musicians to show them not just one way, not just two ways, but any given way that actually might work. – Tommy Zee