We had the good fortune of connecting with Charles Wheal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charles, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I got a Finance degree from Virginia Tech, and started working in Corporate Finance in London. After 5 years of doing that, it became very clear to me that in order to be successful at that, I would have to make a time commitment and other sacrifices that would not really allow me to pursue my 2 main passions in life, playing music and skiing.
Once I had that realization, I gave notice at KPMG where I was working, and returned to the US. I then began a new life, teaching skiing in Vail, CO during the winter, and playing music in the San Francisco Bay Area for the rest of the year. After 6 years of doing that, I destroyed my left knee in a skiing accident, and began playing music full time and touring around the world with a band.
The main thought process involved the decision to leave London and stop working in Corporate Finance. Everything after that seemed to evolve naturally.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think that any good musician is also a kind of historian of whatever genre they play. You have to do the research and listen to and learn from what came before. I play blues, and that has meant that I’ve spent thousands of hours listening to the blues greats from the 20s all the way through to the present.
By doing that, the music that we play as a band is very firmly rooted in and very true to the blues idiom.
The hard work for a musician is the practice. It’s neither easy nor hard. You just have to do it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Restaurants would include Foreign Cinema, Kirala, and La Cumbre.
Activities would include a hike and picnic in Tilden Park, and wine tasting in Napa.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Growing up, my father was a good musician and listening to him exposed me to the music that I love.
As a family, we did a lot of fun things together, and again, my parent’s passion for skiing ensured that my siblings and I were exposed to that from a young age.
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