And now, the exciting conclusion:
MC: You hit the music scene with the (99.3 FM The Fox's) Vancouver Seeds competition in 2007...did you win?
DW: No, I was a finalist. There were five bands(as finalists) and Murray Atkinson won. He's a great guy. He plays guitar for The Odds these days. They're a great band as well and Murray's a super nice guy. They play at the Vancouver Canucks games sometimes in between periods.
MC: On your website(click HERE to check out Daniel's website), there's a little something about gangs and violence in Vancouver...What's that about?
DW: In 2009 when I released my song "Pilgrimage", there were a lot of shootings going on in the Fraser Valley...one day, my mom was dropping off my little sister at school, actually, the same elementary school I went to, and there was a drive-by, like literally right in front of her. It was just crazy. So I sort of catered the song to show kids there's a better way, that gang violence is not the way. It's about escapism...a lot of my songs are about escapism.
MC: Didn't you used to be an electrician?
DW: Ah, I was an apprentice in electrician, yes.
MC: I think it was on Wikipedia where I read that.
DW: (laughing) Ya, and Wikipedia is totally factual. No actually, from 2004 to 2007, I was an apprentice electrician, 2 years of schooling and like 3 to 4 years working. I don't know, it was a really good job but I wasn't very good at it...I was working towards becoming ticketed through BCIT, I like barely passed the first year with something like 75 maybe 80 percent, then like the second year I think I got like 71 percent and you know it just wasn't my cup of tea, then the third year was like the big hard year and I kept putting my schooling off because my music(career) started getting better and better, and then finally I said to myself that I don't have to do this anymore and then in 2007 was when I quit(my day job).
MC: So, is that when you decided that you could make a full living as a musician?
DW: Ya , there were some good gigs coming in and a lot of stuff like that, but still, I didn't know.
MC: What was your first big show that you can remember, when you were like, "Omigod, I have fans" and you knew you had made the right decision?
DW: Probably after Vancouver Seeds in 2007, I went to Costa Rica after that for like a month just travelling around and like a week in, I was checking my email and my agent, who had me booked for a night at the Commodore, was trying to get a hold of me. So I called back and they told me that my show sold out in one day, like a thousand people, and I was like wow, thats crazy, selling out in one day...so they wanted to add a second show on and I was like, no don't do that 'cuz it's just gonna totally fail...I was terrified. It was totally awesome and just one of those (crazy) moments.
MC: So did they add another show?
MC: And did it sell out?
DW: Ya! It was crazy! That was probably one of my favourite moments 'cuz it was apparent that I could do this for a living and that people actually wanted to come see me play.
MC: If you could pick anybody in the Vancouver entertainment industry to interview, who would it be?
DW: Let's see...I guess I would say...Scott Stanton of Current Swell.
Thank you so much to Daniel Wesley for taking the time to come down to talk to a girl who lives in a house where it is already 2014(thanks to the Greater Vancouver Firefighters and their Hall of Flame).
Huge thanks to Red Truck Beer Co. and Sam Payne for being the best host venue and tour guide a girl could have asked for.
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