Interviewing David Andrew Wiebe
Are you a struggling entrepreneur who wants to give up? Before you do you should read the story of David Andrew Wiebe?
I consider him one of my close friends and he currently runs the popular website MusicEntrepreneurHQ, which is dedicated to helping music lovers take their career in music to the next level.
Recently, I sat with David Andrew Wiebe at my home in Calgary, Alberta. He had a cup of coffee while I interviewed him and I had a cup of Matcha tea. Find out why I drink Matcha tea.
I had an opportunity to dig deep into his life as a professional and find out why he has not given up on his dreams and goals. Over the next 2 hours I got to know David and what he has accomplished online with his various project.
David’s story is unique but many people can relate to his experience. It is this experience that will help you understand why you should continue and not give up on your own journey.
He is as unique and different. He says he is a sensitive creative. Someone who uses their full name when they introduce themselves. His Meets David Andrew Wiebe, not just David or Dave.
When I met David, I found the fact he used his full name interesting enough for me at ask him why he used his full legal name. Why not go by Dave or David for short?
I believe the answer to this question will be discovered as you read his story. Understand his journey in life and as a music entrepreneur will help you see why you should not give up and keep representing who you are.
David comes from humble beginnings. Born in Camrose, Alberta, at the age of five his mom and dad decided to move the family to Japan. This is where he spent the most part of nine years. He grew up in a culture that is very different from North American culture.
While attending school is Japan he went through a culture shock. At times, he felt out-of-place but learned to adapt quickly to the ‘Japanese way of life’.
In elementary school, he learned that students start taking the responsibility of adult at the age of 12 or 13.
He felt he had to grow up fast and felt students were not individuals. Rather they had to conform and become the same. How boring, right!
Still in elementary, he began to learn 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
While still in Japan, at the age of 13, David’s dad passed away. This was devastating for the family.
I believe this one event helped shape David Andrew Wiebe to become the man he is today. Like anyone who has experiences the death of a mother or father, this was a major impact on your life.
He suddenly become the man of the home and began to learn how to live without his dad. He was in a foreign country, only 13 years old and now taking the responsibility of an adult. In hindsight, this is what the Japanese school system prepared him for.
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 late 1980’s and building websites was still not the popular thing to do, as it is today.
His dad wanted to stay in touch with his family, who was overseas and believed that the internet and having a website would allow him to do so. This is amazing as I believe David’s dad, like him, had the ability to see where technology was going to go over the next three decades.
The second stories David shared was growing up in Japan and listening to his dad talk. This is where he developed good life morals and standards to live by. Click here to read more about lessons my own parents thought me.
You can say David is living his life to carry on the legacy of a man he loved and deeply cared for, his father.
At the age of 14, David, him mom and sister moved back to Canada. Again, he had to learn to adapt to a new culture.
David took an interest in learning how to build websites, just like his dad used to.
By this time, he started to be interested in music and even wrote his first song. He started learning music structure, rhythm, ways to put words together and how to be in tune with the beat.
A year later he performers in front of an audience for the first time. He was not a fan of live performance but once the 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 years old, he decided he wanted to learn a musical instrument. He picked up the guitar and by his second lesson his teacher said he was a natural. He would pick up the cord very easy, almost like he had an ear for it.
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 together a band.
If you contact David, he can possibly hook you up with a copy of his 2005 demo which released eight original songs. Soon after the album finished recording, the band broke up as they were not on the same page.
The Last 10 Years
As 2005/2006 came David decided to continue with his passion. He wrote and produce his first solo album project, ‘Ship Wrecked… My Sentiments’.
While recording this album he worked on a project where is would write 365 songs in 365 days. That is not easy to do but something David wanted to challenge himself with.
After releasing the album, he traveled and performed songs from his album, at various venues. He used the power of the internet, social media and web design to market his music.
If we all want to the student can became the teacher. David was teaching guitar and other musical instruments to students.
As this was happening, a few of the old band members and he decided to get back together. This time things would be different because they had a new lead singer in the group.
But just like the first time, the band could not get along, and in 2009 David was back to being solo artist, business man and entrepreneur.
Then came 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 he came across was Steve Pavlina. David connected to what Steve was teaching.
Soon after, he began to understand the teaching Steve was sharing. David started to focus his attention on learning 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.
Like any entrepreneur who does not take time off, David started to experience burned out. He developed symptoms of anxiety.
By 2012, David decided it was best to stop touring as a solo artist and focus his attention towards his other passions. Building websites, developing content as a blogger and leaning about motivation become his new focus.
He got excited and started new projects including a YouTube Channel, podcasting, blogging and developed several new websites ranging from topics on gaming to finance.
Like any home-based entrepreneur, David was feeling the financial pressures of life. He felt for him to get ahead of his money problems it was best for him take on 5-6 small jobs to pay his bills.
He did what he had to, to survive. Would you take on that many jobs?
This was also the year he was introduced to a concept called network marketing. Using the concepts, he was learning in network marketing, he started implement them towards his websites and businesses.
On The Path
He was thinking and doing the things entrepreneurs do to find success. One of the first business strategies he implemented was contracting with TuneCity.
He soon discovered he could write for Music Goat, Independent Music Promotions and Music Industry How To.
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.
David was dream building by going into show homes around the city. He was still working on his networking skills, when he walked into the sales center I was working.
Through our conversation, I found there were similarities between our individual dreams and vision. We decided to exchange numbers and meet for a coffee.
We talked 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. We have also started a podcast called UsingYourPower.
Looking at the Musicentrepreneurhq.com website we talked about redesigning it and finding ways to brand the business. As our weekly mastermind session continued, 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.
During our mastermind talks, David has helped me get started on my vision of 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.
His business, The Music Entrepreneur HQ exists to teach musicians what they never had a chance to learn in school. Music entrepreneur ideas that translated in to his first book, ‘The New Music Industry – Adapting, Growing and Thriving in the Information Age’.
David’s mission is simple, equip musicians with an entrepreneurial spirit and teach them business principles that will allow them to oversee their own career.
Now that you have discovered the story of David Andrew Wiebe the last thing to do is go back and see if we answered the two questions.
Are you a struggling entrepreneur who wants to give up?
Sure, you can give up. But be like David and embrace the challenges that come your way. In life, we will face hardships and points we want to give up. By not giving up David now runs a website with over 7000 visitors a month, has put out various e-books and even joined James Schramko’s mastermind group.
Why does he use his full name?
Perhaps David wants to be unique, develop his own brand or maybe it’s to pay homage to his dad’s legacy. No matter the reason is, I think when you get to know David you see he wants to help people in his own humble way and show people the nice guy can finish first!
Are you going to continue towards you goal or are you going to give up?
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