Tell us how you fund your music projects.
Most of my projects are 100% self-funded at this point, which is why it’s so slow getting some out. But I do have a GoFundMe going on right now to help raise funds for my upcoming EP.
Tell us if your music career is paying your bills.
No, definitely not. Not yet. But I’ll get there.
Tell us if you will change the style of your music to sign a record deal.
For me, a record deal is not the end goal. If it happens, it happens. I want to make the music that I want to make and that fans want to hear. So, no.
Tell us the process of writing a song from scratch to the final stage.
Each song is different. I’ve had some songs that started as exercises, where I had to work and labor to get something workable. I’ve had other songs that just flowed out. “Stay Awhile” was written very fast — less than an hour, I think. But on my song “Outlaws, Lovers, and Home”, I had the first two verses written for months and really struggled with the third verse. So, each one is different.
Tell us if you have a guideline or standard set for your music production.
My standard for production quality has gone up significantly after working with good producers like Becky Willard of Vox Fox Studios. Once you hear how good a recording CAN be, you can’t be happy with anything less. I don’t want people to hear my songs and immediately think, “Oh, it’s DIY.” I want them to hear it and simply enjoy the song.
Tell us your preparation for a live performance and how you ensure the quality and output of your music are never compromised.
Most of the preparation for a performance happens days, weeks, even months ahead. I try to make sure that the band and I are as well-rehearsed as we possibly can be. I meticulously pour over the setlist and song order and do a full acoustic run-through at my house, even planning out what I’m going to say between songs. People come to a show and want to see something good. They don’t want to see guys fumbling around on stage.
Additionally, I try to rest up the day of the gig and severely limit any drinking before or during the performance.
Tell us your bad habit.
I’m a procrastinator. Terrible habit.
Tell us if you are totally in control of your performance or you are still learning.
At this point, I’ve got a pretty good grip on my performance style. But you never, ever stop learning. Audiences change, so we change too.
Tell us that precious moment you chose music as a career.
I’ve always wanted to be a professional musician. Always. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t fantasize about being on stage. But something happened when I became an adult, and I suddenly decided to become practical and career-minded: I stopped pursuing the dream. Somewhere, after my time in the army, I decided that the dream of a music career was too hard, too impossible. So I didn’t try.
Then, Operation Encore selected my song “Faces” for its second album, and I thought, “maybe there IS something there.” And I had really supportive people around me, pushing me forward. Especially Erin, my wife. She’s probably my biggest fan and harshest critic. She believes in me and refuses to let me settle for anything less than the best I can do.
Tell us the greatest feedback you have ever received on a song of yours.
I don’t know about the “greatest” feedback, but my favorite is when people sing along at shows or when people tell me that the song was stuck in their head all day. That’s just the best.
Tell us your side interest apart from music.
I’m a husband and a dad. That’s the most important thing. I love to watch my girls dance ballet. I love to be involved in my son’s scout troop.
I also enjoy comic books, video games, and audiobooks.
Tell us the artist that most influenced you as a musician.
I probably get compared to James Taylor and John Denver the most, but I grew up with Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, and Pink Floyd.
Tell us if you are more comfortable singing as a solo artist than collaborating with others.
Haven’t done much collaboration with other artists yet, so I’m not sure. We’ll mark this one as “To be continued…”
Tell us the full details of this song.
Erin and I have been married for 15 years. We can’t agree on how we met. So, one day I started writing this song, almost as a joke. But the bridge says it all: “Moments and memories fade away, but I’ll love you until my dying day”. Does it really matter that we disagree on the details? We met. We fell in love. We’re still going strong. That’s what matters.
State the links to your social networks and stores.
Tell us the kind of organization you will set up to fight a cause and state your reason for fighting the cause.
There are a lot of organizations out there doing lots of things. And they do great work. I’m not interested in anything like that. I just want to model civility.
These days, it seems like people no longer know how to treat people like human beings. They’re so used to people with opposing viewpoints being demonized, that it becomes their default position to demonize others. So, I try to surround myself with people I disagree with, learn from them, and love them. Because maybe I’m the one who is wrong. Either way, they’re people created in the image of God and are worthy of respect and honor.
Tell us how you feel while performing.
Performing is the greatest feeling on earth. I’m more at home on stage than anywhere else on earth. I absolutely love it.
Tell us the dos and don’ts in the music business.
I’m just getting started. But just as a principle for life: treat people like people, not stepping stones or tools for advancement. Don’t be a jerk. Don’t think too highly of yourself, because in a moment, it could all be gone.
Tell us your opinion on smoking, health is wealth, but people still smoke.
I’ve never been a smoker. And I don’t like smoking. But people make their own decisions.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
“The Real Doug Lane” — yes there is another Doug Lane. No, we don’t discuss him.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
Erin and I fell in love fast. Got married fast. But when you know what you want, why wait? I just wanted her to stay.