Truth be told, I wasn’t always into bass music. I spent most of 2012 cringing to dubstep while most of my friends got down like dinosaurs. But that all changed when I first heard Flux Pavilion’s, I Can’t Stop. Those prolific vocals over moving melodies made from grimy synths bridged the gap between me and bass music. Even four years later, this track prevails as a closing anthem cherished by bassheads everywhere.
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Much of mainstream music is fueled by visual media. Those snippets of confetti falling on an ocean of flailing arms stirs excitement, but how many videos have you ever taken that actually capture what that moment felt like?
Up until this interview, I had never seen Lane 8 perform and I had only enjoyed his most recent summer mixtape on soundcloud. Though that’s enough to take note of an artist, what drew me into pursuing an interview with him was hearing about his “This Never Happened” tour. It’s not the name of his next hit single, it’s the idea that he wants you to embrace while witnessing his performance, a traceless night of fun that will live on solely through the memories of his attendees.
FREEwilliamsburg: What was your inspiration for your “This Never Happened” Tour?
Lane 8: While I was on tour last fall and my wife and I noticed at a lot of the shows, whenever the better known tracks from the album were playing, all we could see was just a sea of phones and iPads. The screens were just so overpowering you couldn’t even see people’s faces. We decided while we were wrapping that tour up that we wanted to fix this. Our goal was to get the audience to listen to music for 90 minutes straight without checking their Instagram and hopefully interact with other people inside the venue. All because, when you’re at a music show, even though there are strangers around you, in theory you all share a love for that type of music.