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Getting introspective: Mike Edel strikes the right balance with ‘India/Seattle’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Mike Edel’s days are mostly spent on the road.

Today, he’s travelling through Calgary, Alberta, Canada and he is having a great day.

“It’s going pretty good,” he says during a recent phone interview. “I’ve had a busy summer and it doesn’t seem to end, which is a good thing.”

Edel released his latest effort, “India/ Seattle,” in the United States this month. This is his sophomore album. The album has been out in his native Canada for awhile.

“There was some pressure in getting this album done,” he says. “Everyone pays attention to the second album and that sets a serious tone. I wanted the album to be representative of where I am in my life.”

Edel worked on the new album for about 10 months – which is longer than he thought it would take.

“If I speak about this record, I would say it’s a personal record and I made it for myself,” he says. “In the writing process there’s a little bit of self reflection and you are writing out of your own life experience.”

Edel would wake up early in the morning to write, which is when he’s more alert to writing.

“It’s a pretty indie folk record and all the album was written around the acoustic guitar,” he says. “I recorded 18 songs for it. All of the songs didn’t make it but each song will be used in some capacity.”

As Edel has grown older, he says there’s an awareness that comes out in his writing.

He’s almost 30 and decided to take a step back and get introspective on the album.

“These songs were for me,” he says. “But they are also telling my story. Are there aspects of my life that I don’t write about. No. Everything is fair game. Each night that I perform, I am putting myself out there for the world to see. It’s an amazing feeling to be so free and not feel guarded.”