We had the good fortune of connecting with David Chiverton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Work, life, balance……There aren’t too many people that are “perfect” at this subject matter….And even if you have a good sense of balance, there are still moments when you have to reset in order not to lose control. I honestly believe through my life experiences and especially now that I’m a little over a year married, balance is an art within itself. As a professional musician and creative, im constantly in the pursuit of what’s next. I never allow myself to be satisfied with what I’ve already accomplished. I’m always in search of the next cool gig, album, idea or concept that can potentially provide for my family. As the husband, provider and leader of my family, it is imperative that I’m always thinking ahead……Whether that concerns our finances, our living arrangements, our transportation and even how/what we’re going to eat this week. Needless to say, things can get pretty overwhelming very quickly. However, my beautiful and amazing wife has been such a God-send. On top of being amazing with the day to day essentials (bills, cooking, laundry, home upkeep, her job)…..She is constantly the person that says to me, “hey stop for a sec and live a little.” That could mean going to a movie, checking out a new restaurant or maybe just hanging out at the park. To answer the mainly question, MY WIFE has been that key to balance in my life for the last 5 years. I’ll admit, I didn’t understand the importantance of balance in life until she and I became best friends. As much as she admires my music career and all that I have been blessed to accomplish, she was able help me grow in an area I never really paid attention to. I now understand that as much as I want to be great and achieve greatness, I have to understand the importance of not being consumed by the tomorrow…… I have to “stop and smell the roses today.”
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’m blessed to make a living doing what I love, which is making music. I’ve been a drummer for the last 32 years and I’m probably MORE excited now than ever before, anytime I have the opportunity to play. I believe what sets me apart is my willingness to pursue what’s next…..Never getting hung up on my accomplishments or failures of the past. I reflect, take notes and keep moving. Ofcourse, this way of thinking took quite some time to develop …but I’m so thankful I live my life that way now. I’ve been blessed to share the stage, record and tour all over the world with some of the biggest names in the music industry. Was it easy to get here?……ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!! Lol In fact, if I had known any of the hardships I would have to endure, I’m positive I would have gladly chosen another career. However, I’m truly thankful for the tough moments in my career/life because they pushed me into who I am today. My relationship with God…..my beautiful wife and my family are all the forces that keep me pushing! Lessons!……We don’t have time to talk about ALL the lessons I’ve learned in my lifetime…..but I will say….. always hold on to your integrity! There will always be opportunities to totally go against the core of who you know you are……for money, fame or validation…..It’s not worth it in the end. Trust God, trust your gut and trust the love and support of the those who love and care about your well-being. What do I want to people to know about me/my brand/my story???? I love God…..I love my family……I love music…….And I love you! That’s all I really want people to remember about me……Everything else in between is just icing on the cake!
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?
Hmmmm, this is for sure a great question for my wife……I’m not great at this stuff…..but I’ll give it a shot…. Being from Miami, there’s soooo much to get into…… I’d for sure take them to get some great food at places like “Dr. Limon,” “Foxy Browns” and maybe a Miami classic “Garcia’s.” Ofcourse, there are sooo many great spots to check out food wise. Cool spots for drinks? Maybe one of my regular spots I like to play, “Lagniappe”……Really great wine, food and music….. Visit/Hangout? I’d for sure take them down to “Wynwood Miami.”……..Amazing art, food, clubs, music…..,an all around good vibe and hang.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to S/o my beautiful mother “Angela Evette” who is no longer with us. This woman has been such a rock for me even in her physical absence. The endless amount of lessons and unwavering love for my family and I have allowed all of us to pursue greatness without any hesitation. Also, a big S/o to my Dad, “David Chiverton (the 1st),” who is a wealth of knowledge and wisdom. I love you Pop! S/o to my beautiful Step-mother “Geraldine Chiverton” who is just an amazing woman and always there for me. Thanks mom! And I have to S/o my amazing In-laws “Larry and Thora Freeman.” The love and knowledge I’ve gained from them in a such a short amount of time is incredible. Thank you for your constant love and support…I love you!