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Solo act: Shane Wallin records album alone during isolation of pandemic

EDITOR’S NOTE: Venue Plus continues “In Case You Didn’t Know,” a weekly feature with fun tidbits about New Mexicans and their projects.

New Mexico’s Shane Wallin used his downtime during the pandemic to write a new album. (Courtesy of Shane Wallin)

Imagine performing 20 to 25 times a month at local venues.

Then it screeches to a halt.

What would one do with all the downtime?

New Mexico native Shane Wallin didn’t waste any of the time.

He began to work on a new album in June – alone.

“I’m by myself, and I’m playing all the instruments,” he says. “All because I couldn’t meet up and collaborate with others.”

One thing is for sure: The new material is sounding different. He says it’s a departure from his 2019 album, “The Flood.”

“It’s very modern-sounding,” he says. “It’s completely me. I didn’t write any of the songs with an acoustic guitar,” he says. “On previous albums, that’s how it all started. Now I’m programming drumbeats and writing form that. I think the cadence of my singing is different because of it.”

“The Flood” by Shane Wallin (Courtesy of Shane Wallin)

Being at home in his studio, Wallen has also found a new energy in his writing process.

“I normally would be heading to shows all over the state and spent nearly eight hours driving to gigs,” he says. “I got into music because I wanted to be a writer. I’m getting more of a chance to grow those skills.”

The coming album isn’t yet titled, and the musician plans on releasing singles before releasing the album.

Wallin is back to performing a few times a week at outdoor venues.

Here are five facts he shared about himself:

1 “I started working on a home studio years ago, though my last two albums, I didn’t record in it. This is the first time I’ve gotten back to recording in my own studio.”

2 “Right now, I’ve been listening to lots of music, because I’m working on my own music. I listen to the music that I want to learn from. I listen to a lot more modern music like Ed Sheeran and Khalid. Sometimes when I’m working on music and it’s a long day, I don’t listen to music.”

3 “I’ve put out five full-length albums that I’ve written.”

4 “I play a Takamine acoustic guitar. I love its sound and tone. If you’ve heard my recording, I play with a looper, and I create the sounds of a band.”

5 “I play between 250 to 300 dates while I’m also recording. It’s been 10 years of playing a heavy show schedule.”

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