#YMXINTERVIEW | Finding our home – In conversation with modern folk-pop artist MICHAEL LANE

We’ve had the pleasure to discover Michael Lane, his music and his story. A US soldier in his twenties, sent to Iraq and Afghanistan, forced to live at cruelty. A noble soul that seems to has born to spread a message of hope and positivity with his musical talent. The indie-folk single “COMING HOME” will be available on all major platforms from September 11th.
So let’s sit down and learn more about the man behind the music.

YMX: Can you tell us about yourself as an artist? Where are you now, how you started, and what are your goals.

M: Unfortunately I started making music later than I really should have. I sometimes wish I could have picked up a guitar at 19 instead of joining the Army. Now at the ripe age of 34 and 4 albums later I’m finally where I want to be musically. I’ve learned a lot producing my own music and touring, it’s just what I needed as a musician. The future still has a lot in store for me and I’m really looking forward to what’s coming 🙂

YMX: Some of our readers might not be familiar with you yet, how would you describe your sound?

M: Like many other musicians, my sound is always changing and evolving. Currently, I work with lots of acoustic guitars, E-guitar and other acoustic instruments. I also like to add lots of atmosphere in my music, love playing with reverb and delay, but who doesn’t!?

YMX: Who have been your biggest influences so far?

M: I would have to say all the greats: Michael Jackson, Queen, Pink Floyd, and many others!

YMX: You will release soon ‘COMING HOME’. Can you tell us how that project came about?

M: I´ll be releasing a single very soon. It’s called Coming Home. My label and I are looking to regularly release Singles, this is one of them. I’ve been inspired by lots of different indie/folk artists lately and it’s been giving me a nice drive to produce Music in this type of genre.

Photo Credits: Tobias Moche

YMX: 2020 has been a hard year for everybody, but the music industry and arts, in general, took a heavy hit. How did you cope with that, musically speaking?

M: Musically its been great, being at home has given me the chance to get many different balls rolling, trying new things and projects. Not being able to perform live is a bit sad but I never really focus on the bad, it is what it is.

YMX: Do you consider important working together in a team, or do you prefer working alone? 

M: Musically, I usually prefer to work alone, but it really depends on the project. Sometimes it makes sense to work with other musicians, especially if its some sort of featuring thing, but mainly I work alone out of my home studio. I do however work closely with my Label on everything else surrounding my productions, I find that work very critical and important.


Photo Credits: Tobias Moche

YMX: What does playing live represent for you? a way to make yourself known or a way to express yourself?

M: Performing has always felt like a dive into the unknown. Every gig is different, and I find myself always trying new things and getting new impressions. Although I have toured quite a bit, I somehow still haven’t really found my thing for performing live. Maybe it has to do with the fact that sometimes I play alone, sometimes with other musicians, and those musicians are always changing. Playing live is still something I have to conquer emotionally and musically.

YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? (releases, gigs etc.) 

M: As I mentioned earlier, I´ll be releasing music regularly every couple of months, looking to see what kind of resonance I can build doing that. Right now there are still so many unknowns as far as performing live during these times, and I hope it all will go back to normality. But either way, I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s gonna happen next!