We had the good fortune of connecting with Dave Tweedie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dave, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think if you’re not taking risks then your denying yourself the opportunity to grow and to move forward with your life /career. I’ve always pushed myself and put myself in situations where I’ve had to rise to the occasion. I haven’t always succeeded but my failures have taught me how to move forward without fear. There’s always a risk when trying new things but I’ve always found the reward far out weighs the potential failure. The only thing on the other side of fear is yourself looking back at the fear thinking “is that all it was”.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a musician first and foremost. It’s the thing that really shapes how I see the world and definitely how I interact within it. In particular Drumming and Song writing are my passions. I play and write on Guitar,Bass and Keys but my Drumming background is the key to giving my music its uniqueness. The biggest obstacle I’ve had to overcome is impatience.Very few people become great overnight. My career success is a reflection of my stubbornness, tenacity and my love and servitude to music. I’d like the world to know that you can live your dream but know that it’s going be really different than you expected and you will most likely have to sacrifice more than you could have imagined but it’s worth it. I’m currently most excited about my original project EnSPirits (album releasing spring 2021) and my latest Film Dear Santa (IFC) that released on Dec 4 (available on Amazon and ITunes).
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in Los Feliz. I love my neighborhood. We’d first walk a few blocks over to Hillhurst Ave and have brunch at Little Dom’s. From there take a hike up to the Griffith park Observatory where you can get a sense of L.A.’s scope. Next would be drinks at the Roosevelt hotel and then later on we’d swing through Sofitel in West Hollywood to catch some music ( I might even sit in ) We’d end the night at Cafe 101 or at Fred’s 62. During the week we’d also visit DTLA where my recording studio resides tucked in the fashion district. No downtown trip is complete without hitting Cliftons ,The rooftop bar at the Standard and Santee Ally. We would also head towards the beach and hit Menotti’s in Venice and then Zuma beach and end up at Ollies Duck&Dive in Malibu.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Start with my parents for always being there for me. I’ve had a few mentors , friendships and loves that have absolutely shaped me. Shout outs to Bill Hawkins, Busbee r.i.p. , Joel Smith r.ip. , Jon Bendich, Stephen Bradley, Gina Richardson,Hyim Ross, Max Golay, Dana Nachman and Victoria Theodore.