Mid Breakfast fuses Ethio jazz elements, a smoky psychedelic groove filled with rich percussion, noticeable melodic themes and playful improvisations. Read our discussion with Eden Barel below!
Describe your sound in 3 words
warm like home
Tell us a few things about Mid Breakfast and your upcoming EP. What is the story behind it?
Mid breakfast is a collection of sounds I was inspired by when I first came to live in Brooklyn New York. I unexpectedly started recording some ideas on my phone for the first time ever, and just went along with the journey. That developed into writing an Ep, that in a way reflects that time in my life. As far as The story behind it, I’m still figuring that out.
Mid Breakfast has an Ethio Jazz touch while it sounds very different from Apple Juice, your first single. Who are the artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?
to name a few- Charles Bradley, Alice Coltrane, mulatu astatke, kamasi Washington, Charles Mingus, and the list goes on. Fun fact- I recorded apple juice a couple of years after I recorded mid breakfast.
You release instrumental music. Is the absence of vocals an extra challenge when it comes to promotion? Do you plan to include vocals in the future?
I would definitely say it’s challenging. I still don’t know how to compare it to a release that is based on vocals, cause I haven’t tried that yet. But you do see doors get closed just because your music don’t include vocals, that’s for sure. With that being said I’ve experienced some unbelievable support from amazing people in the industry, and I believe there is room for good music always with or without vocals. collaborating is one of my favorite things to do, and my next release includes a very special gust.
Both of your tracks contain lovely, smooth grooves. Tell us a song with a groove you wish you had composed yourself.
there are a lot. Great one that comes to mind is nightrider by Tom misch & yussef dayes.
If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
I’m in my early stages of releasing music, so it’s still hard to say. I do think there is a lot of confusion going on both from the artist side and the decision makers, based on social media and trends. things change by the our now day’s. I don’t know what I would change yet, as we are all learning this new situation. but I know something has to.
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What would you be doing if you weren’t a musician?
a film director
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