lanclier

Tell us how you come about your song.
I’ve been asking myself a lot of questions about what it means to love. To me, true love is not based on insecurity. But when I look at all the relationships I have, they are all based around insecurity in some way. I’m attracted to the people that have what I want, or do what I can’t. And in some sense, that’s a healthy thing. This song, and others like it, struggle with the questions that can’t be answered and try to find the balance in these relationships.

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Tell us about you as a person outside the musical world.
I study Marketing at North Greenville University, and I make bracelets at Maritime Supply Company. I love Star Wars. I like dark chocolate. I love Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Hebrew poetry especially is just absolutely heartbreaking and clever and beautiful.

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Tell us about you as a musician.

I’ve been playing music since I was 6 years old.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your musical career.
The school I go to is not a very academically challenging one. In fact, most of the classes are complete jokes, so that gives me a lot of free time to write and record stuff.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.
I’ve always wanted to play music. I started writing songs when I was in middle school. They were awful, but necessary I guess. I learned guitar in 8th grade, joined a band in 10th grade called Chad Stanley and the Knee Slappers. We opened for Kopecky once that was a day I’ll never forget. In 2016 I started a band called Anthem and wrote a 16 song album and designed a whole campaign for it. We released the album in July 2017, and opened for SHAED once. Also a day I will never forget. Through music I’ve made new friends, seen new bands and new music, worked with filmmakers and worked on film sets. It’s been a crazy ride, and I look forward to what the future holds.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends.
The first one I think of is Michael Jackson, because his music has always inspired me, and he makes me think of my mother.
Second, Sufjan Stevens. His music is strange and beautiful and so piercing. I’ve never cried and laughed at the same time so consistently.
Third, Billie Holiday. She introduced me to jazz, and her voice is like the rustle of velvet.
Fourth, Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick is a prophet.
Fifth, is a band called We Are The City. They are legends to me, and probably my favorite band of all time. They blend film and music so well; each album is like a story unto itself. I feel like I learn something new every time I listen to them.

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Tell us the names of the media that have supported you so far.
Divide and Conquer wrote a review of an album I wrote.
Wonder.fm re-posted a song of mine and it got over 20 thousands streams on Soundcloud. That was pretty awesome.

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music.
I don’t really know what my future plans are. I’ll keep writing and recording. There’s nothing else to do but pull the music out of my soul and share it for others to hear.

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Tell us what motivates you to write songs.
I’m not sure how to explain it…. It’s like there’s something inside of me–a melody, a beat, a word– and if I don’t get it out, I won’t be able to sleep or eat or concentrate on anything. It’s like a ravenous hunger, an animalistic instinct, a primal need to vomit out the music inside my head. It’s really not a choice.

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Tell us the names of the artists you have worked with and the ones you will like to work with in the future.
I’ve worked with mostly my friends, Michael Gilbert and Josh Hall. They’re my go to guys to play music with. Our energy is perfectly synced, it’s incredible. For film stuff, I go to Corey Wavle. He’s a genius. There are also Gunner Willis, MJ Slide, Peter Sherer, Cameron Hardyman, Nyleen Perez, and many more. I’m lucky to live in a place with such a strong diverse art community.

Some people I would love to work with (with music specifically): Declan Mckenna, Jaden Smith, Finn Wolfhard, We Are The City, Jack Antonoff, Sia Furler, Jelani Aryeh, Ella Yelich-O’Connor, Donald Glover, Cole Sprouse (I’m not sure if he plays music, but why not?), the list could go on and on.

Non music people I want to work with: Patrick Rothfuss, Taika Waititi, Joss Whedon, Josh Ovalle, Daisy Ridley, Es Devlin, Bo Burnham.

Is that too many? I can go on.

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music.
There was a poem by Henry David Thoreau called “Summer’s Rain.” One stanza goes,
“Tell Shakespeare to attend some leisure hour,
For now I’ve business with this drop of dew,
And see you not, the clouds prepare a shower–
I’ll meet him shortly when the sky is blue”.

It’s a poem about how all art is derived from nature. Nature is the source of all of our creativity because it is the single most beautiful thing in our present reality. I think the real question about whether your art is creative and original, is whether it’s true to yourself. If you put your pain and hurt and shame and joys and loves into a piece of music, what right does anyone have to take that away from you?

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Tell us the reason you are into music.
I’ve always been around music. My parents love music and would play it everywhere. As a kid, I would fall asleep to classical piano, or movie scores. Sometimes I would play a video game just to listen to the music on the menu screen. I wouldn’t even start the game, I would just let the music play and close my eyes. Music is the universal language. It completely ignores the barriers of culture and laws of linguistics or sociology. I love it.

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Give us the links to connect you on social media and links to purchase your music.

lanclier.bandcamp.com

instagram.com/lanclier

twitter.com/lanclier

open.spotify.com/artist/3dYIxtcAfaZ9LykhkdnAYj

itunes.apple.com/us/artist/lanclier/1316624886

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Tell us your view on old school music and new school music in terms of preference.
I guess I would prefer newer music, but I love Jazz, old 70’s RnB/Disco and 80’s Pop/Rock. I always love to see people’s new twists on traditionally older styles of music.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.
I played a show with a band called SHAED, and they were amazing. Afterwards, I had a conversation with them about my favorite book called “The Name of The Wind”, which is where they got their name from.

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Tell us your genre of music.
I feel like my genre changed every year. Right now, I think it’s alternative narrative pop, with a small sparkle of funk.

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Tell us how you write and record your songs.
I record everything in my bedroom, with a mic and a guitar my cousin gave me when I was 13 or 14. Usually writing and recording the song happen at the same time, but there are a few instances where I’ve written the song first. I’ve been trying to get better at writing lyrics by writing a poem first, then translating it into a song.

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Tell us what you will do for the people if you found yourself in a position of power.

What I would like to do, however, is to show people what it means to be vulnerable and intimate with the people around them. I want to show that the problems in the world are there because people are scared. We are all ashamed about ourselves, and that leads to insecurity, which leads to fear, which leads to hurt, which leads to emotional outbursts or very destructive behavior. The ideal Utopia that we all have in our heads, where humans get along and don’t kill each other, happens when we are open and honest about our deepest shames. It’s the simplest concept, but the hardest and scariest thing in the world. It’s scary because I’d have to expose my deepest shames to the world.

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