MICHAEL LANE (US) – Indie Folk – Single/Video “Coming Home”

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Where are you currently based? I’m currently based out of Nürnberg where I live with my wife and son. How did you first start playing music? I started singing when I was very young, as young as I can remember. Guitar I started learning around 2011. I never really wanted to play guitar, I just needed something to be able to sing to, so naturally guitar seemed like the best thing. What's been happening recently? Nothing out of the usual, producing music, spending time with family and enjoying life :) What's been happening recently and how has your Covid experience been so far? So far Covid hasn’t really impacted my life too much financially, thanks to the help from the government for small businesses. Although I would have made a lot more money if nothing had been canceled or postponed, I’m just glad I’m able to continue paying the bills. Your new single 'Coming Home' will be out on Sept 11, what influenced the sound and songwriting, especially the lyrics? I’ve been using acoustic guitar and atmospheric electric guitar for some time now, so I’m generally always incorporating these elements in my music. Songwriting has never been much of a problem as long as I have a good idea or mood to start with, wich by “coming home” was the cozy home feeling. How did you go about writing Coming Home? Writing about home or life at home was a nice change, because it was so easy to convey in words what being at home feels like. Usually I would have to do a little brainstorming or word finding, but with this song it came naturally. Where and when did you record/produce and who with? I recorded the song on my own in my home studio a few months ago. What programs/instruments did you use? I work with FL Studio and Waves plugins. Acoustic guitar and electric guitar are a must. What did you find most challenging and rewarding during the creation and recording of Coming Home? I honestly can’t think of anything challenging about producing or creating any song in general. If something is challenging during the creation or recording of a song, then your doing it wrong :) What do you like to do away from music? I have lots of hobbies things I enjoy doing, like spending quality time with family, going on a run, or just sitting around and being at peace. Who are you listening to at the moment? Ravi Shankar and a Spotify Playlist called Hindusthani Instrumental. It’s amazing for coming down and relaxing. What's planned for the remainder of 2020 going into 2021? Lots of new music! Our current strategy is releasing singles, which is great, because focusing on one song at a time makes everything go smoother production and songwriting wise. Favourite food and place to hangout? German Pancakes with Ahorn syrup and my favorite place to hangout would have to be on the couch at home! https://www.facebook.com/mikelanemusic
Michael Lane releases the indie-folk single “Coming Home” on September 11th. The previously known global reality has recently ceased to exist. Coming home, being at home or feeling at home has since been associated with a multitude of new, different feelings, in both a positive and a negative sense. But just as different as people are, so are the emotions at the thought of coming home just as unique.
The song “Coming Home” isn’t just about coming home, but more about the feeling you get or have when you’re at a place that you would consider your home. Growing up I moved around a lot, and never really had a steady place that I could call home until I started my own family, and now I do have my own place to call home. It really is a sanctuary for my soul, where I can relax and enjoy the finer things in life“, Michael Lane explains.
If there is a modern folk-pop artist who has seen the harsh realities in life, it is Michael Lane himself. As a US soldier in his twenties, sent to Iraq and Afghanistan, Michael was forced to live at cruelty. And if his previous albums were like a kind of musical diary in which these experiences were reflected, Michael Lane’s regained ease and joy can clearly be seen in
Coming Home”. The song is a message of hope and positive certainty that a time of crisis will lead people back to the important things.
Successes such as two top 50 songs in the German charts, four albums, international tours and the single “Liberty” as the official song of the 2015/2016 Four Hills Tournament, Europe’s biggest international ski jump event, have made the German-American known to the public. In addition to his work as a musician, Michael Lane is currently also active as a songwriter for production music and as a music producer in his remote “Studio Waldblick”.

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