After a near 10-year absence from recording, David Andrew Wiebe finally returns with new single, “Fragments.”
2006’s Shipwrecked… My Sentiments – Wiebe’s solo debut – was met with reasonably good reception, though it certainly didn’t win him any awards. After the release, he continued to perform locally to hone his chops.
“I wasn’t discouraged or anything, and that’s not why I haven’t released anything in a while,” Wiebe says. “And though I haven’t had any solo releases in a while, I have been doing some session work over the years.”
And just last year, Long Jon Lev’s Telltale Heart saw Wiebe’s return as a lead guitarist. Always one to rise to new challenges, Wiebe also played quite a bit of slide guitar at Ferguson’s prompting.
But why hasn’t there been another official David Andrew Wiebe release?
“The short version is that there have been some obstacles to getting new music out, and when I was formally introduced to entrepreneurship in 2011, I made the decision to put music on the backburner.
That was not an easy decision, and one I took seriously. And although I learned a lot of valuable things through my business training, ultimately I was spinning my wheels not getting anywhere with business.
I’m a creative person at heart, and in the end there was no stopping myself from engaging in creativity.”
Just last year, Wiebe completed his first book, The New Music Industry, which has been received exceptionally well.
“2015 was a new beginning in a manner of speaking. There were a lot of opportunities that started coming my way, and instead of turning a blind eye, I started saying ‘yes’ to everything. That was a healthy thing to do, and it also put a lot of money back in bank account. I’ve been able to recoup most of the losses I incurred while in business.
I’m paring back now, and I’ve started earning back a lot of the freedom I’ve always desired but had no way of attaining. So it’s a wonderful thing to be able to work on music again, despite all of the issues that prevented me in the past – and I take personal responsibility for them.”
In spite of many collaborations and relationships that ended badly, Wiebe seems optimistic about the future.
But there was one lingering question on our mind – why a guitar instrumental?
There wasn’t a single song on Shipwrecked… that was an instrumental – all of them featured vocals.
“I wouldn’t read too deeply into it,” Wiebe said. “Look, I’ve always been interested in a variety of styles of music. I like Allan Holdsworth, Ivana Santilli, Remy Shand, Van Halen, Extreme, Harem Scarem, David Bowie, Marianas Trench… by this point most people’s heads are spinning.
Melodic rock is my favorite, yes, but even my first album wasn’t really melodic rock. ‘Fragments’ was written a few years ago, and the demo had been sitting on my hard drive for a while. I listened to it and said, ‘this could be something.’ And that’s probably how things are going to go for a while. I want to do EPs and albums as well, but I have to be realistic with the amount of time and energy I have.”
The ever ambitious Wiebe is a full-time freelancer that works on everything from blog posts and podcast episodes to websites, and of course, music. His workload isn’t anything to roll your eyes at, to say the least.
But why “Fragments”?
“It’s a loose concept to be sure, but there are basically three distinct styles of guitar playing on the new single. Three different guitar tones. So the idea is that the whole is formed from different pieces. And it might have something to do with my fragmented music career too,” Wiebe laughs.
David Andrew Wiebe’s “Fragments” was officially released on May 24, 2016, and is now available on the following reputable outlets:
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