David Kochberg is a musician, a mechanical engineer and the co-founder of Goodnight, Sunrise, an indie-rock-and-roll-superfun-party band based in Toronto, Canada.
David started out in engineering, but discovered a love for music and became a mostly self-taught guitarist, drummer, songwriter and producer.
In this episode, David discusses:
-How he got into music later in life.
-Why he left his job in mechanical engineering to travel the world for 14 months.
-The perspective that you can achieve by experiencing the rest of the world, especially when you are being intentionally introspective.
-Coming home to Toronto and the experience of making music more of a part of his life by joining a band.
-What makes a successful and “easy” creative collaboration.
-Maintaining a creative relationship despite the romantic relationship working out.
-How to make sense of the puzzle pieces that are floating around creative people’s heads.
-The balance of a day job with a creative side hustle.
-Building up confidence to tell other people that he is a musician before any other definition of himself.
-Learning to be happy with the success of creating music as opposed to the “acclaim” that one particular song receives.
-Putting yourself in the position to capitalize on luck.
-Opening for Bon Jovi and how that experience shaped his view of opportunity.
David’s Final Push will remind you that you can’t win the lottery unless you buy a ticket, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there!
“A big pattern in my life is coming up with really great ideas and then not following up with them. That’s something that I constantly still struggle with.”
“Set yourself up for luck to strike you. Then if luck does strike, you will actually be able to make the most of it.”
“Any time I think that’s impossible, I always remember that we did open for Bon Jovi, and that’s technically impossible, so anything is worth a shot.”
“Look at every opportunity that comes your way as a chance to try something out and learn from it.”
“Confidence and self-confidence are much more in our control than we realize.”