Last Updated: January 30, 2019
Hey, I’m David Andrew Wiebe! Thanks for checking out my “Now” page.
I currently reside in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where I’ve been since 1997. I grew up in Takarazuka, Hyogo, Japan and still value and cherish that experience.
In November 2017, I had the opportunity to go back and visit with old friends in Japan. Words simply can’t express how amazing that experience was. Oh, the serendipities… I can’t even get into it all here. Drop me a line if you’d like to know more about that trip.
I love writing and creating, developing websites, making music, public speaking and spending time with my best friend. And, of course, I love traveling too. Honestly, I’m leading a blissful and fulfilling life that was unimaginable only two years ago.
What am I up to these days? Here are a few things you might be interested to know:
I am currently a(n):
- Author. I published The New Music Industry: Adapting, Growing, and Thriving in The Information Age in June 2015. I followed that up with The Essential Guide to Music Entrepreneurship: 2018 Edition in April 2018 and The Essential Guide to Creative Entrepreneurship: Making and Selling Your Neon Yellow Tiger in January 2019.
- Blogger and podcaster. You can see that I create a lot of content for this site. I also like to publish on Medium on occasion.
- Content manager. I manage The Question community website.
- Freelancer. I take on the occasional website, graphic, SEO, copywriting or email campaign project.
- Ghost blog writer. I write content for a variety of companies in different industries. Fun and fulfilling work.
- Musician. I am still working with Long Jon Lev as well as Adrenalize. I’ve also been releasing some of my own music, and I’m even working on a new EP right now. I’m also in the early stages of working with Mtrio.
- Staff writer. I write articles for Music Industry How To.
- Community builder. My latest project is The Indie YYC.
I am working on:
- A new book. Several new books to be exact. Flashes of Elation: Navigating the World as a Sensitive, Creative Soul is one example.
- New music. As I shared earlier, I’m currently working on an EP. I love making music and will continue to, whether it’s on my own, or with one of the artists or bands I play with.
- Financial freedom. The ability to work on whatever I want to, whenever I want to, and to have location independence.
- Impact. I want to see the music industry change in several ways. Education programs need to incorporate more curriculums on social media, marketing, and entrepreneurship (make me redundant). Monetization also needs to change. The streaming model is unprofitable for artists. I see enormous potential in the affiliate model. Contracts and agreements need to be honored. I still hear many horror stories of bands that play at a bar and don’t get compensated for their time (in some cases, bar owners attempt to charge them!). I have also experienced this firsthand. We need better governing entities, or more consistent and repeatable live performance contracts.