INTERVIEW: Entrepreneur, musician, religious cult survivor Wesley David

Hi Wesley, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Good!  You guys ?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Process”?

It’s the 1st song off my forthcoming “Pandemic album” (I should trademark this somehow, ha…) – It’s actually a tune that I wrote in a friend’s empty room after he’d moved out, in a house I shared with another close friend who was having a baby.  The song pre-dates the rest of the album’s songs by nearly 2 years, minus one other tune towards the end of the record.  There was a lot going on; the Process is similar to some of my other songs where I almost feel like I’m coaching myself on how to think about a given situation.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Yes it sure did – a very close friend of mine whom I lived with was having a baby, and was going through an emergency medical situation with her pregnancy.  The emotion of everything was overwhelming for me, as it was also coinciding with our move – separately, after having moved to California together.  It felt like my life was coming apart at the seams.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Not yet!  Very possible…got one for a different song being released Sep 6th

The single comes off your new album Never Late Than Better – what’s the story behind the title?

The story is I feel like I should’ve done this years ago, but in reality you can’t just give up.  It’s a play on words; the 2nd-to-last track on the album is called Better Late Than Never.  I’m just a 90s contrarian and I thought this sounded cooler!  I was in and out of bands in Arizona and then LA, doing a lot of the same thing; and all the while dealing with some chronic health issues.  So I wish I was a few years younger putting this out, but I’ll say I’m happy at least to be those few years wiser.

How was the recording and writing process?

Very fun.  I’m a lifelong songwriter…I was a prolific kid with my 4-track cassette recorder.  This was my first real plunge into DIY recording, I had live music gear but needed to invest in a Mac and a few other things.  I’ve had the benefit of being a touring musician and Piano player, so I learned the software and brought those skills to bear in recording.  It was definitely a learning curve.

What is it about the 90s that you find so fascinating?

The 90s were the best decade!  I call it the reverse-happy-hour-60’s, Ha!  I believe firmly the 90s were the last truly iconic decade of popular music where the *mainstream* was diversified.  Now, with playlists, you specifically target the micro-thing you’re looking for.  I think this can be good and bad; unfortunately I do think it is part of our trend towards insulating ourselves from a sense of broad and collective experience.

How would you say your crazy upbringing has influenced your writing?

This is a long story and I look forward to sharing it on some upcoming content this year.  I grew up essentially in a religious cult, and then went on to a somewhat normal life thanks to therapy and going to college.  So, a lot of my writing reflects the divide I feel, almost as if I lived one whole life, put it aside, then started living a quite different one.  It gets less weird with time, I’ll say that.  I’ve met a lot of amazing people along the way who have inspired me, some who have had similar experiences. Nietzsche has a quote along the lines of “suffering doesn’t necessarily make you happier, but it can make you more profound.”

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

It was really intentional, although in my songwriting past it’s more whimsical and spur of the moment.

I’m competitive.  I knew I still had this in me.  It had been nearly a year since I wrote a good song; I challenged myself not just to write an album, but also to write a little every day and be disciplined.  I probably should’ve done even more, but, it ended up being enough.

I decided I was going to go this route and write very honestly, even with a goal of healing some unresolved grief.  It definitely all came out.  Some of my songs in the past have a more “alt rock poetry” theme, maybe more like Billy Corgan’s lyrics.  I felt like I wanted to consciously tell my story on this album even if it meant, at times, some redundancy in talking about my feelings towards organized religion.

What else is happening next in Wesley David’s world?

Everything!!  This project has been the thing that kept me going through the Groundhog Day-like-effect of the pandemic and has changed my outlook on my life.

On Sep 11th (of all days), I’m playing one of the very first live performances in downtown Los Angeles, at a restaurant called Engine Co 28.  Outside, albeit with the usual distancing.

On Sep 22nd my album drops and we are planning a Twitch live stream album release performance.

Hope to see you then!

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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