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Europe proves right spot for musical productivity

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When it comes to making music, Dan Coyle is a machine.

Coyle, a singer/songwriter based out of New York City, has been on the road for nearly a year and a half. Despite touring the world, Coyle found time to write his newest album, “From Prague to Paris,” and release it last year.

“I was so inspired by my surroundings in Europe that I wrote the entire album while I was in the south of France,” he says during a recent phone interview from Mobile, Ala. “Once the songs were written, I spent a month or so recording them and that was that.”

Dan Coyle
With Shane Wallin, Carlos the Tall
WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4
WHERE: Low Spirits Bar & Stage, 2823 Second NW
HOW MUCH: $5 at the door

“From Prague to Paris” marks Coyle’s fourth album, and he has managed to put out an album a year since 2008.

“It’s a very fast process, but I enjoy making new music,” he explains. “It’s just part of my DNA.”

Coyle is an artist whose profile rises with each album he releases. He’s beginning to break into the East Coast market and gain a following.

“For some reason, the East Coast has been really difficult for me to get a following,” he says. “But the last couple of shows out there have been really good for me.”

Coyle says he likes to release as much material as he can – even if he’s on tour.

“Although I have to write in seclusion, I do find time when I’m on tour to write,” he says. “I find that the better songs are written off tour. So, I’ve made a rule to only work with ideas while I’m on tour and then I’ll get a chance to work it all out when I get into the studio.”

Life on the road is one that suits Coyle well. He says from a young age, he knew that he wanted to be on the stage and travel. He enjoys getting to his destinations and performing, yet he carves out some time to check out the locals.

“I find myself taken by the different areas,” he says. “It drives me to make the effort and meet the people who live in these areas. It’s a fun thing for me to do and I’ve met some incredibly talented people along the way.”

Although “From Prague to Paris” was written last year, Coyle spent the latter part of December through mid-February writing songs for an upcoming album. There are six songs already written and Coyle hopes to get some more demos done before summer.

“There’s always so much music that doesn’t make the cut,” he says. “I’m not looking forward to that part of the process. I enjoy writing and touring more than I like the studio process. Luckily with all my albums, the songs that belong together just seem to rise at the same time.”