While home for the holidays, Wendler performed at The Livery for the release of his third album
Local talent and travelling musician Adam Wendler returned back to town over the holidays. Wendler performed live in St. Agatha on New Years Eve and had a local performance at The Livery last Saturday night.
Regardless of his busy schedule on this short trip home, Wendler took time to talk to the Signal Star on all things music and what’s next for the musician.
Signal Star (SS): Last time we spoke, you were heading back over to Germany to finish a tour and finish recording. Can you update us on how that went?
Adam Wendler (AW): I did a tour in Germany in April and a tour in Canada in May. Between the two months there were almost 50 shows. It was a really fun time and was well received. I finished recording my new album “All or Nothing” in October and just released it on December 14.
SS: Please tell us a bit about your album. What songs are you most proud of and why?
AW: My new album is called “All or Nothing”, and it’s got ten different tracks. I would say the underlying theme of the album has to do with embracing and over coming obstacles and struggles. Songs like “All or Nothing” and “Long Wave” are good examples of that. It’s also got songs that tell stories in a more traditional folk sense, and songs about relationships both good and bad. I’m really proud of the whole album and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I would have to say my favourite song on the album is “Whisky Bottles and Butterflies”. SS: You’re home now due to the holidays and for some shows. What’s on the agenda?
AW: I had two shows [while I was home] - one was on New Year’s Eve at Angie’s Kitchen in St. Agatha. The other was at The Livery in Goderich on January 5. The New Year’s show was a more stripped down set, and the Livery show featured a full band performance as heard on the album. So I was busy practicing with the band leading up to the shows and of course visiting with friends and family.
SS: What was the feedback from your performance at The Livery? Was this the first time some fans and family had heard the whole album? AW: The feedback I got was all really good. There were a lot of people who came to the livery show I did last year as well, and they all said that this year was even better.
It was definitely the first time they heard the whole album performed live with the band, but my family and friends have been hearing me playing and practicing a lot of the songs since I wrote them.
SS: Speaking of your album, how can fans purchase your EP? Is it available on streaming apps as well?
AW: The album can be purchased on iTunes and in CD format from me directly. They were also available at the concerts.
SS: Who or what inspired this most recent album? How?
AW: The album was written throughout all of 2018, and two of the songs on it were old tunes of mine. Each song has it’s own source of inspiration, mostly coming from personal experiences of mine. I wanted to make the songs catchy and memorable, but also lyrically rich. My favourite song writer is Neil Young, so although the album doesn’t sound like something he’d do, I can’t help but use his music for inspiration in my lyrics.
SS: Why is it important for you to always return to your roots?
AW: I just really love coming back home and seeing so many familiar faces. People around the community have always supported my music, so I think it’s great to come back once in a while and put on a show.
SS: Was it important to do a hometown performance coinciding with the release of your album? Why?
AW: Most of the album was recorded locally, and a lot of the songs on the album were written here in Goderich, so it made sense to do a hometown release concert. I love coming back to Goderich, and I love performing for local people so it seemed like the best place to do it. There were many familiar faces which made for a relaxed and smooth performance.
SS: What’s next for you after this hometown performance? Heading back to Germany? More touring? AW: I fly back to Germany on January 7. I’ve got quite a few shows lined up in the near future and will be doing a proper tour in the summer. I’ll also been doing a lot of cowriting and studio work with other musicians and producers in Berlin. SS: Do you have plans to return home and do another local tour in the summer?
AW: There still aren’t any solid plans for a local tour yet, but I’d like to get some shows together around southern Ontario at some point through the summer. Playing festivals would be the most ideal. SS: What songs are you most looking forward to your fans hearing? Why?
AW: I would say I’m most looking forward to playing “Whisky Bottles and Butterflies” mainly because it is an awesome full band track. I do a lot of solo performances, but this song is particularly cool with the full band.
SS: It’s been quite a year for you in 2018 from recording, to touring and playing live in Europe and Canada. What was the most memorable thing?
AW: There are really too many things to mention, but I would say the most memorable time from 2018 would have to be playing at my sister’s wedding out in Canmore, Alberta. It was an amazing time and a beautiful location. We also filmed a music video while we were at it, which will be released on Valentine’s Day.
SS: Holidays are over, and it’s a new year. What are you looking forward to in 2019?
AW: I’m really looking forward to playing festivals in the summer, and releasing more songs. I have about 40 co-written songs, mostly for other artists, which are pending release. Starting in 2019 they will be coming out regularly. I also plan on releasing another album of my own.
Keep track of Adam Wendler’s moves via social media: www.facebook.com/adamwendlermusic AND www.adamwendlermusic.com
Note: Questions and answers have been edited for clarity and/or brevity.