Interviewing David Andrew Wiebe
Who is David Andrew Wiebe? He owns of the popular website MusicEntrepreneurHQ, which is dedicated to helping people be their own bosses.
Recently, I sat with David Andrew Wiebe over at my home. He had a cup of coffee while I interviewed him and I had a cup of Matcha tea. Find out more why you should consider drinking Matcha tea.
I had an opportunity to find out more about him and what he has done online with his various project. Over the next 2 hours I got to know David.
David’s story is unique but many people can relate to him. He is as unique and different as someone who uses their full name when they introduces themselves. Meets David Andrew Wiebe, not just David.
When I met David the full name was interesting enough for me at ask him why he used is full legal name. Why not go by Dave or David for short?
I believe the answer to this question will be discovered after you read his story.
David comes from a humble home and was born in Camrose, Alberta. At the age of five his mom and dad decided to move the family to Japan where he spent almost 9 years. He grew up in a culture that is different from North America.
While in school he went through a culture shock. At times he would feel out-of-place but learned to adapt quickly to the Japanese way of life. While in school he learned that students start taking the responsibility, that adult do, at the age of 12 or 13.
He felt he had to grow up fast. He felt the students had not individuality and had to be the same.
While in school he began learning how to play rhythm and patterns with his hands.
I would say this was his first introduction to learning how to play music.
Death of His Father
When David was 13 years old his dad passed, while the family was in Japan.
This one event shaped David Andrew Wiebe to be the man he is today. Like anyone who experiences the death of a mother or father, this was a major impact on your life.
He suddenly had to learn to live without his dad, in a foreign country where he was learning to be the adult of his household.
When talking to David he revealed some personal stories. I will share two.
While growing up he watched his dad build websites. This was the eighties and building websites was still not the popular thing to do. But his dad wanted to stay in touch with his family, who was overseas.
The second stories he shared was growing up in Japan and listening to his dad. From here he developed of good life morals.
You can say David is living his life to carry on the legacy of a man he loved and deeply cared for.
At the age of 14 David and the family moved back to Canada. He started learning about computers and how to build websites, just like his dad used to.
At this time he started to get interested in music and wrote his first song. He started learning music structure, rhythm, ways to put words together and how to be in tune with the beat.
At the age of 15 he performed in front of an audience first time. He was not a fan of live performance but once people cheered from him he feel in love with the feeling. He could not get enough of that feeling and wanted to perform for crowds and feel the energy the fans gave him.
Now 17, he decided he wanted to learn musical instruments. He learned to play guitar and by his second lesson his teacher said he was a natural. He would pick up the cord very easy.
This was the foundation he needed to stand on. He quickly found a partner to jam with after completing high school. With a new-found passion for guitar and a jam partner they decided it was time to put a band together.
If you get in contact with David, he can possibly hook you up with a copy of his 2005 demo which released with 8 original songs. Soon after the album recorded the band broke up as they were not on the same page.
The Last 10 Years
As 2005/2006 come David decided to continue with his passion. He wrote and produce his first album called, “Ship Wrecked… My Sentiments.”
While recording his album he worked on a project where is would write 365 songs in 365 days.
After his album released he traveled and performed songs from his album. He also used the power of the internet and his web design abilities to market his music.
The student became the teacher and soon David was teaching guitar and other musical instruments.
As this was happening some of the old band members and him decided to get back together but this time they had a new lead singer.
But just like the first band, this band could not get along, and in 2009 he was back to being solo artist.
Then came the year 2007 where things started to take a turn for David. He started to learn about entrepreneurship and business. One of the first online business entrepreneur teachers he came across was Steve Pavlina.
Soon after hearing his words of wisdom, David started changing his focus towards success principles. During this time he was growing and had spent the last year changing and pushing himself to achieve things he had not done before.
Soon he experienced burned out and was now has an illness called anxiety.
By 2012, David decided to stop touring as a solo artist and focus his attention towards his other passions, building websites and developing content. He got excited and started new projects which included a Youtube Channel, podcasting, blogging and several sites on different topics from gaming to finance.
He was feeling the financial pressures of life. Like any entrepreneur or person who takes responsibilities for their circumstances he took on 5-6 small jobs to pay his bills.
He did what he had to, to survive. This was the year he was introduced to a concept called network marketing. Using the concepts he was learning here he started implement the marketing tactic towards his web projects.
You can check out this podcast on UsingYourPower.com which expands on David’s network marketing experience:
On The Path
He was thinking and doing the things entrepreneurs do. One of the first business strategies he implemented was contracting with TuneCity.
He soon discovered he could write for Music Goat and Independent Music Promotions.
In 2013, David had an all too familiar feeling of burnout. He had to take time off as he could not handle the pressure. To recover from burnout he decided to do some dream building and thought that could get him refocused.
In late 2013, David was dream building by going into show homes. He was also working on his networking skills when he walked into the sales center I was working at.
You can check out this podcast on UsingYourPower.com which expands on building a network:
Through our conversation we found there were similarities between our dream and vision. We decided to meet for a coffee to talk about what he was working on and the project that I had been planning for two years.
From that meeting we have been friends and have developed a mastermind group that allows us to bring different skills to the table to help each other.
Looking at David’s Musicentrepreneurhq.com website we talked about redesigning it and finding ways to brand the business. From our weekly masterminds, he started implementing changes to the site. David noticed an immediate increase in traffic and readership.
The Last Two Years
Since 2015, David has felt the pressure of life but now he knows how to deal with it much better. I do feel he is in a better place as he seems to have better direction for his vision. He is currently testing marketing techniques using social media and developing varies business tools for purchase.
In our mastermind talks, David has helped me develop DYLT. Like any good website the site is a work in progress but with time and a vision it will be what it needs to be.
One thing David is good at is not taking over my project as if it was his own.
You can find our more about David at his personal blog Davidandrewwiebe.com. His business, The Music Entrepreneur exists to teach musicians what they never had a chance to learn in school.
This is done by allowing musicians to use the talent they posses and combine it with a solid business sense. His mission is to equip musicians with an entrepreneurial spirit and teach them business principles.
Now that you have discovered the story of David Andrew Wiebe the last thing to do is go back and see if we can answer the question, “Why does he use his full name?”
Maybe David wants to be unique or he wants to develop his own brand or maybe it’s to pay homage to his dads legacy?
No matter what his reason is, I think when you get to know David Andrew Wiebe, you will see he wants to help people in his humble way and show people the nice guy can finish first!
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