Excellent. What can we look forward to from you in the near future?
The near future, well, I’m working on a studio actually in that other room right there [room adjoining David’s living room] that should be up hopefully in the next month or so, just fully ready to go. I’m gonna be obviously recording, making more videos. 2013 I’m going to focus back on my YouTube channel, which I’ve neglected for the past couple of years. Lot more shows — no touring this year, but I will be doing some little shows here and there, like I’m going to Hawaii next week, in February and March I’m going to Malaysia and Singapore, Korea and Japan in the summertime and hit Europe for the first time, Germany, and then the U.K. That’s where we are going to start off and then hopefully I’ll be able to do a European tour eventually, so we’ll see. It’s like small steps, but just trying to get the music out there.
Wait, so you will be touring, but you’re not touring?
I wouldn’t really call it — well yeah, a tour for me is like the grind, city after city after city for a long period of time. One-off show is you go here, you perform a show, and you come back — those types of things, and in two weeks you’ll go do the same thing somewhere else.
So now why have you decided to start focusing back on your YouTube channel again where as before it had been neglected?
Because I’m inspired now. The last six months of 2012 was a time for me to feel very confused about myself and just to try to figure things out, and I didn’t even really know what I was figuring out. But for some reason I think what I was looking for was a creative spark ‘cause I’ve been doing this for so long; I’ve been on YouTube since almost the beginning doing music and you just kind of go through the same routine, and I just lost that fire that was there and it was really hard for me to get it back. I didn’t think it would come back, but luckily it did.
How did you get it back?
[sighs] I don’t know. I think I hit a really low point in my creativity, and I was just tired of a lot of things like the politics and the games of the music industry and the YouTube industry and just like there is a lot of just stuff happening everywhere. I guess what happened is I lost focus on more so than the obvious of sharing music and all the good stuff, like sharing my experiences and things like that. It’s more about finding a way to be creative again. Creativity is always there — it’s like always here — but there was just no way for me to feel like the creativity was here. I could reach out and grab it, but it was never a part of me. I know it sounds kind of a little abstract, but that’s the only way I can describe it. But now I feel like I’m ready and kind of understand myself a little better now, so it’s just about growth I think. I think everybody needs to be growing in all parts of their lives to be able to feel like you’re in one piece. I think that is what I was looking for.
So creativity is in here now, right?
For now. It could leave and it maybe will in the future — you exhaust that. We’ll see, but for now I’m feeling good.
Follow-up interview portion below:
Last we spoke, you said you weren’t going to tour in 2013. What changed?
There aren’t any big tours planned for this year, but I will be having “one-off” shows. This year is focused on writing for my new record!
Eat any super weird Asian foods in Asia this last time around?
I tried durian for the first time after years of contemplating. It wasn’t as horrible as people made it out to be, but it wasn’t great either. I tell people if I was starving for a few days, it would actually taste okay. The after breath is what kills. The burp made me want to vomit.
What did you mean by the music industry being “so weird right now,” per your recent tweet?
It’s a strange time where record labels and independent musicians are trying to figure out a business model that works. Amanda Palmer’s name keeps popping up as an example of how one should market themselves — she raised over a million dollars on Kickstarter. I just recently read about a YouTuber from the UK who sold more records on opening day than JT. It think it’s fair to say that the music industry is in a strange development period.
Why’d you call your own app “crap”? Tell us about the new app and website.
Haha, I had an old app that is no longer existent. Didn’t think it was that great.
We are currently developing a new FREE David Choi app that has a unique UI and is nothing like I’ve seen before. It has an awesome community feature and also includes exclusive video tutorials that fans can purchase and learn how to play my songs on guitar.
My new website was designed by Keebs, who is a very talented web designer, and it’s much more simpler in design than before. I feel it’s more “me.”
Any girls come up to you for the first time and ask you out on a date yet?
Hah! No one has been brave enough yet.
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