Hardly a month into 2018, it’s astounding we already have a contender for album of the year. Too early to say? Maybe. But the album deserves nothing but praise and recognition.
Lane 8’s “Little By Little” is a sonic journey that explores emotion in earnest. Holding true to the name of the album, each track builds on the last one, adding a new page to the story David Goldstein (Lane 8) is trying to tell.
The album, as a whole, delves into human connection in a heartfelt manner, with each song examining a different facet of what it means to be human. There’s a sense of vulnerability and depth to it all. Lane 8 employs complex sounds as well as simple ones, evoking emotion through beautiful melodies, creating varying soundscapes as he moves through the album. Progressive, relaxed, deep, the album flows through distinct energies seamlessly. Not to mention, the talents of the feature vocalists add fresh breath to songs already brimming with expression and potency.
Celebrating the album, the Denver based producer is embarking on a spring tour that will take him across North America, Europe and Australia. Embracing his label name and mantra of “this never happened,” expect no phones or cameras at his shows.
If you can’t catch him at one of shows and want to hear him in the mix, don’t worry. This weekend, Lane 8 will be making his debut on Beats 1’s weekly radio show, One Mix. Expect music from the likes of Solomun, Lutrell, Anderholm, and of course, tunes from Lane 8 himself. Knowing Lane 8, the mix is bound to be ethereal, evocative and powerful.
Friday 2nd February 2018 - 23:00 LA / 02:00 NY / 07:00 UK
Saturday 3rd February 2018 - 06:00 LA / 09:00 NY / 14:00 UK
Before taking the decks, Lane 8 took some time out to answer a few questions for us. With some pretty interesting answers, we learnt a lot about the progressive house extraordinaire, like his dream B2B partner, favourite festival, perfect sunset track and more. Oh, and that one the time he had a meet and greet where the attendees did not know he was! Read on to see what he had to say.
EDM.com: What was your first show experience like?
Lane 8: My first ever Lane 8 gig was in 2012 at a restaurant in San Francisco. All my friends came down for a 9pm start, but there were still a ton of tables with people eating everywhere, so the promoter, my friends and I had to move as many tables as we could out of the way to make space for a makeshift dance floor. I think we stood around for another 45 minutes waiting for someone’s friend to show up with a mixer so we could actually start playing! Once it finally got going it was perfect, in a very innocent and naive way, and I couldn't believe I was getting paid to play my favorite music.
The first time you brought your mom to one of your shows?
Aside from countless piano recitals as a youngster I don’t think my mom has ever seen me perform! I am always playing pretty late. And these days, every time we have a show in San Francisco, my mom babysits our daughter.
The artist who inspired you to become a musician?
There are a lot, but if I had to whittle it down to the one who got me producing music on my own it would be Pete Rock.
Your go-to places for new music?
I’ve spent a lot of time over the past 5 years cultivating a small network of producers who’s music I really like. Most of the new stuff that I play in my mixtapes and sets comes out of that network. I’ve started releasing some of the music on This Never Happened as well - artists like Anderholm and Khaen are part of that group of producers who have been sending me great music for awhile now.
What's your guilty pleasure record?
Anything by Nitrous Oxide from the mid 2000s.
What's your desert-island dance record?
Rufus Du Sol “Innerbloom”
Who's your dream B2B partner?
What's your favorite BPM?
The piece of gear you always need on the road?
My musical life revolves around my laptop. Can’t do much without it!
What's your all-time favorite festival?
What's the biggest misconception about dance music?
That everyone with a few thousand SoundCloud plays is set for life, flying around on private jets and drinking champagne all day. Most artists I know are pretty normal people who have worked hard for what they have, and plenty of well known artists have to work side jobs because it’s so difficult to turn a significant profit in music.
How often do you get out and have fun, and where do you go?
Now that we have a 1 year old, we don’t get out as much as we used to. When we do, my wife and I love sporting events, especially tennis and soccer.
What's the city with the most underrated dance scene?
For me it might be San Diego or Austin. We always have amazing shows in places that are known more for live music or aren’t known for music at all!
What's your industry prediction for the next year?
Good music has a resurgence. I’m encouraged by the success of acts like ODESZA and Porter Robinson.
The best piece of advice for new producers?
Relax and try to find enjoyment and emotion in what you’re doing. If you feel lots of pressure to have success right away, it probably won’t happen. You can be serious about making great music and enjoy it at the same time.
Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaborator?
Backstage, what is one of the unique experiences you’ve had?
I once had a meet and greet backstage right before a show and none of the people at the meet and greet knew who I was. It was incredibly awkward, I thought for awhile they were messing with me, but in reality they just wanted to go backstage to brag to their friends but had no clue who I was!!
What's a unique travel experience you’ve had?
We had a near collision a few years ago when landing at Denver airport . There was another plane on the runway we were about to land on and we had to go around at the very last minute. The whole thing was pretty terrifying but I am glad to be alive!
What's your favourite throwback track?
David Morales - Needin U
What's one track that fans always lose their mind to?
Cirez D - On/Off (or anything Cirez D for that matter!)
What was the first album you ever bought?
I bought Blackstreet - Another Level, thinking it was the new Backstreet Boys album, which I wanted very badly. It was an extremely disappointing experience!
Name one remix that you think is better than the original:
I hate the whole "remix is better than the original" debate. Remixes don't exist without originals, so to argue that one is better is ridiculous. That said, I enjoy the DJ Koze remix of Mano Le Tough "Energy Flow" more than the original.
What song would you want (god forbid) played at your funeral?
Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky
What's the perfect sunset track?
Rufus - Innerbloom
What song do you listen to cheer yourself up?
Bob Marley - One Love
That's all for now.