Hi Mike, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I go for a walk everyday here in Seattle and I walk by my local hardware store. They are super dialed. A good hardware store. Their sign currently reads ‘Everything is weird. We’re open’ – That’s how I’ve been.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Good About Everything?

Yup. I think the song is fun, and I’m into uptempo positive and fun things. I’m finding mellow music a bit boring to make right now, and I am embracing my extrovert collaborative side of things. It’s a co-write, it summer-ey, it has some California in it, and making the music video was super fn.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I wrote it with 2 friends in San Diego, CA. We simply just wrote about our night out on the town the night before. We ate ramen, we rode little scooters, we drove on the interstate and we tried to go to a tiki bar but failed.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Some of my best buds are film guys, so we always love making videos and I’m pretty heavily involved. This one was a little more ‘outside the box’ and I really had to pull off a method acting thing. Everybody should watch it. It’s fun. It’s better than most of the things on Netflix, and everything on netflix is like 6 episodes and WAY to long. This video is entertaining and a great 3 min watch.

The single comes off your new album En Masse – what’s the story behind the title?

En Masse can translate to ‘All Together’ The album is about discovery through the process of collaboration and has included a large cast of collaboraters. I also thing the underbelly of this term is that THE WHOLE of us is actual pretty fragmented. Especially presently. Politics, social issues – we’re so connected and so disconnected.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing was fun, just co-writing and kind of giving myself some limitations of time and energy. Writing with other people is rewarding for me, it’s kind of like a learning process all the time.

Recording was a bit clunkier at points. For instance with this song I started with one producer and we weren’t quite getting the song sounding good, then I bounced over to Andy Park in Seattle and we finished it in a much different way. This is very much my process over the last 15 years though. I’m detailed, I’m thorough – in fact watch the music video for Good About Everything to get a vibe of us poking fun at my thoroughness.

With the major reception your previous work received – did you feel any pressure while putting this album together or rather the opposite

Chris Walla produced my last album, and I definitely think the record is very good. With this album, I really shifted gears and took a whole different approach so it would be something VERY different. I think this helped relieve any pressure. I just embraced creating and collaboration instead of trying to make a BOLD ARTISTIC STATEMENT.

How has Bruce Springsteen and The National influenced your writing?

I love the boldness of bruce and the imagery and vibe of The National. This song to me sounds like a Bruce/National co-write.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

– Del Mar Racetrack in Solana Beach California.- Department of Homeland Security- Traffic- Some book Matt Wright referenced.

What else is happening next in Mike Edel’s world?

Everything. I’m running a kickstarter for the new album right now, hunkering down cause there is a global pandemic. I have lots of other video’s to release and a couple more singles before the album. I go on a walk every day, and I’m eating a poke for lunch right now.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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