From a young age, Addison Lane was always interested in music and dance. In fact, throughout most of her childhood, she focused solely on developing her dance skills, transitioned instruments from organ to piano,
and entered music competitions consistently, often leaving with top prizes. In Addison’s teenage years, she had her heart set on moving to New York or Los Angeles since these were the meccas of the entertainment industry. But having to work multiple jobs in her teens, on top of going to school, prevented her from following those dreams.
As the responsibilities and challenges piled on, he music got pushed further and further away, until one day, Addison’s friend resurfaced and questioned her about recording. In addition to her inspiration, she found her way back to her faith and decided, from this point on, she was going to follow whatever path God has set before her. Addison started to write music again, and started to pray again. From that point, her life has changed drastically. So many new people and opportunities have come into her life. Addison doesn’t know where things will go from here, but she has faith that things will work out just fine.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
This is a tough one. I guess we would fit into the alternative category since we do not play one specific genre. I can't control what I write. It comes from a very organic place, and I simply write what I feel. That comes across as rock, pop, and even country/rock (even though I don't know much country music). We can pound out a kick-ass rock song, play a lighter pop song, and even throw in a ballad all in the same set. I think that's what makes us very unique. All of our songs are very different.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
So, we once spent an entire day texting name ideas to each other, most of which were goofy and not usable. I wanted to use something that had a personal connection but nothing was really standing out. The only word that stuck with me was "addison" because it's the name of the main street in Chicago where several of us grew up. Everywhere we went we seemed to travel down Addison Street. Then at our next rehearsal, we were sitting around talking about how the right mix of people bringing all their unique talents together will create an incredible dynamic. But, everyone needs to just focus on what they do. I jokingly stated that I simply "stay in my lane." I know what I'm good at (songwriting) and once I write a song, I let the vocalists and other musicians do their part without being controlling. I respect them as artists and I don't want to tell them how to play. We put them together and tada..."addison lane" was born.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
As a kid, I listened to heavy metal with my brothers, I listened to pop and dance songs with my friends, I learned classical music from my piano teacher (and college professors), and I sang musical theater songs from every production you can imagine. I can jump from Metallica, to Andrea Bocelli, to Justin Bieber, and then to the Grease soundtrack without flinching, like that's normal. Seriously though, I love all of those artists, and so many others such as Nirvana, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Green Day, Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, Boys to Men, Queen, Hozier, Imagine Dragons, Drake, Bruno Mars, etc. I could go on forever with this topic.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Currently, we're finishing up our debut album. We anticipated an earlier release date, but we had some delays in recording. We're finishing up the final two songs now so it should be available by May 1st. Some of the singles are already available on streaming sites and several of our initial videos are up on YouTube. In the future, I would like to collaborate again with Kenwood "the goodest." He did the rap on a pop song of our called "Livin Angel" and I love his work.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Our goal as a group is to share our music worldwide. Someday, we would love to tour and eventually hear our songs on the radio. Personally, I want my music to inspire people, but also I want my story to motivate people to push for their dreams even when things seem incredibly hard or impossible.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Damn, that's a hard question. I love the music so much, I just love performing everything! I guess if I had to choose, I would probably say Take the High Road or Come As You Are. Both rock songs have killer vocals and incredible guitar solos; I love hearing them live. However, I equally love hearing the intimate version of Don't Give Up On Me because it's very personal.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
I think one of the biggest challenges is getting people to just give you a chance. I get it... this is a very competitive business and there are a lot of artists out there trying to sell their music. That's why I'm so grateful when someone actually recognizes an unsigned, unknown artist and gives them the stage to share their originals. Most places want you to guarantee a minimum number of tickets sold or provide a list of venues where you've already performed. Some even want a minimum number of followers on your social media sites. But if you're new, you don't have all that established yet.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
There's always Kahlua involved!! Actually, it's very genuine and unplanned. Often times, I come up with ideas right away and the melody just flows. Other times, I can't think of anything so I'll just start playing all of the songs that I've already written which sometimes sparks an idea. I'm very inconsistent because music has to be felt, and you can't force a feeling. A few times I took the beginning of one song and combined it with the chorus or verse on another one to create something entirely new. That was cool, doesn't always work though.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
These days, I don't think it's even possible for an artist to promote their career without social media. It's an essential part of the process so developing those sites and staying consistent with posts and updates is necessary in order to stay current and relevant. It's a new age, anyone doing this without social media is either a genius, super lucky, or magical!
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Travis Scott's Sicko Mode and Halsey's Sunflower have been killing on the charts for a while, but I'm still feeling that stuff. Post Malone's Sunflower is great too. I'm also loving that Avril Lavigne is back with Head Above Water. I've always liked her. I think Alice Merton is interesting; Mint has some cool stuff on it. Lately, I've been checking out Weezer's Black and Teal albums, Hozier's Wasteland Baby, and Offset's Father of 4 (even though that's been out for a month already I think).
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Before I started writing my own music, I worked as a dance teacher and a private music teacher for a long time. I loved both of those jobs, but I couldn't afford to live on that money. So, I decided to become a reading teacher in order to pay the bills. It was never meant to be a long-term thing, and I stayed in that career longer than I ever expected to. I kept myself busy, though, by continuing to write my own music, directing school plays every year, and finding other creative outlets wherever possible.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
The number one piece of advice is to believe in yourself by staying focused and surrounding yourself with positive energy. It's so cliche' but 100% true. And most importantly, work hard. You've got to be willing to jump in with both feet, take risks, never quit, and be persistent even when things seem impossible or you experience rejection.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would limit the amount of times that the same song can be played on the radio daily. Some songs are played entirely too often. This would enable stations to have more variety in their rotations.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I have a lot of friends who play in cover bands or tribute bands. Most of them are talented musicians, and I respect what they do. Sometimes that path is the only way to play live gigs. Not everyone writes their own music, but they have an appreciation for all of the great stuff out there.
Personally, I love writing music, my own music. And addison lane will always be an original band. We include a few cover songs to round out our set, but we play our own music, and that will never change.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
This whole thing started with me and a friend talking one day, and her asking me "Why haven't you ever recorded your music? You write such great songs...people should hear them." And just like that, with a new found energy and source of inspiration, I decided to record an album of my originals. And then, everything just blew up, faster than I could keep up with it all. Before I knew it, I had musicians on board, a website designer, music videographers, social media consultants, and eventually, the drive to teach myself about the business end of music. It's overwhelming and exhilarating at the same time! rdg0op.
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