Review Fix chats with singer/songwriter and drummer Mike Edel to find out what powered his newest single.
Review Fix: How did you get involved in music?
Mike Edel: I started by playing drums in a Blink 182 cover band AND at church. Probably a healthy balance
Review Fix: What are your influences?
Edel: I’ve loved The War On Drugs, The National and Sufjan Stevens’ records the last few years. I’m influenced by great songs and stuff that sounds honest and personal yet universal. I am somewhat ashamed that I listened to lots of John Mayer early on.
Review Fix: What is special about the Canadian music scene from Seattle?
Edel: It feels normal for a musician to be connected to so many different people in different geographical regions and I’m currently living this truth by residing in Seattle.
Review Fix: What makes your brand of music special?
Edel: Not trying to be special makes it special.
Review Fix: How was “Go With You? written?
Edel: It was written on an acoustic guitar with these sort of open power chords, and the song existed that way for awhile. The lyrics came fairly quickly, but to record this song sonically was a bit more of a puzzle, and it ended up getting synths and guitars getting ditched!
Review Fix: What is your biggest strength as a musician?
Edel: I’m pretty well-rounded and like to do many different things.
Review Fix: Why do you think people should enjoy it?
Edel: The melody is so good, I still really love it. And it’s about change and crossing thresholds and that seems to be a very real thing to everyone all the time.
Review Fix: What was it like to work with Chris Walla?
Edel: One time he wore a trench coat and sunglasses in the studio, and I thought we had an intruder. It was like that.
Review Fix: How do you want your music to affect people?
Edel: I want them to feel things and connect the music to their own experience
Review Fix: What makes this album different from your previous work?
Edel: It’s so much better both sonically and lyrically.
Review Fix: What are your goals for the rest of 2018?
Edel: I’ll be touring a bit, and one of my goals is to dive off of as many high dive’s as possible before winter hits. Then maybe release another song.
Review Fix: What’s next?
Edel: Just more high dives and more songs.