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ABQ-based songwriter sets his sights on bigger audiences

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Pick a day – any day – and odds are Shane Wallin is performing a show.

It’s a way of life for the Albuquerque-based songwriter.

And it’s just the way he likes it.

“I’m still playing four or five days a week,” he says during a recent interview. “It’s a lot of fun. The community has been good to me. I enjoy performing, writing and traveling.”

Wallin, who has toured since 2009, plays 200-plus shows a year.

He has released three full-length albums, two of which he wrote, produced, recorded and engineered himself.

His most recent album is “Shane,” released in 2015.

Wallin recorded the album at Red Star Recording Studio in Silverlake, Calif., as well as Stable 21 in Sweden. He also spent time recording in New Mexico.

He reached out to producer and engineer Stacy Parrish for help on the album. Parrish, who maintains studios in New Mexico and Sweden, became a contributor to the songs and the sound.

“Stacy was living in Los Angeles, and he moved back to Sweden,” Wallin says. “When I contacted him, he wanted to record in Sweden, which is why a lot of the work was done there. It was amazing to work with someone who has accomplished so much. He added his touch to my songs, and it became a great partnership between both of us.”

For his next album, Wallin says, he’s writing for a bigger audience.

“I need more upbeat songs,” he says. “I think that my writing style has changed in that way. The structures for songs come easier to me now. I’m pushing myself with each song that I write. My goal is to play bigger shows, and I want to play with a band. I’m working on the next step in my career. I want to be able to tour the country and play arenas and stadiums. I think my writing has evolved to help me get to that goal.”

Wallin is a graduate of the University Of New Mexico, with a degree in comparative theology and English literature.

Those influences can be seen in his music.

“Philosophy has had a big impact on the way that I write songs and how they are going to affect people,” he says. “In eastern philosophy, they emphasize the law of karma, that whatever you give out comes back to you. This has a huge impact on everything that I do. In my songwriting, I always want to be positive so that the positive comes back.”

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