While home for the hol­i­days, Wendler per­formed at The Livery for the re­lease of his third al­bum

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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.

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