From Oregon, to Virginia, and now New York based, Reni Lane is a singer-songwriter-performer wrapped into one. Mixing pop, rock, and alternative, Reni's music is a blend of all things free spirited. Here, she talks about just some of the ins and outs and what influenced her brand new album, "Ready."
1. What influenced you to get into music?
For me music has been something transformative and magical. It started with Disney movies and classical music and I learned that with the right soundtrack I could put myself into any storybook I wanted. I think that's why music is so powerful and amazing - it can take your away from your troubles, change your mood, and lift you up. Music for me really hasn't changed, I still am like that little girl trying to make the perfect soundtrack to my life.
2. What is your earliest memory of music?
Probably watching a Care Bears musical movie in my underwear while my Mom worked at her sewing machine. Apparently I was a big Care Bears fan - not that far of a jump to the Disney movies I guess.
3. What are some artists and/or bands that you either took influence from, or inspired you in some way?
I am inspired by PJ Harvey for her guts, Neil Young for his stories, Regina Spektor for her humour, Joni Mitchell for her soul, and David Bowie for his attitude.
4. What is your method of writing - the sitting down and waiting for it happen technique or the more random, sudden strike of inspiration style ... ?
My method is WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN NO MATTER WHAT OR YOU'LL LOSE IT! At the moment I've got about 40 juicy iPhone voice notes waiting to be explored. Most of it will be bad but it'll be worth it when one of them is good.
5. How has being signed to Linda Perry's Custard Records been? Have you directly worked with her on anything?
We wrote "Drive," a song from my new album "Ready," together with my producer David Pattillo. For me, that was a really exciting moment. Sometimes I forget how well-known she is because to me she's Linda who calls me "kid," cracks jokes, and gives me advice about rock n roll and life. But she takes her work very seriously and has given me some very good insight into what it truly means to be an artist and what you stand for. That has been a huge blessing for me so early in my creative career.
6. Who would you like to work with in the future?
Oh god, I have no idea. Anyone and everyone, it's all a learning experience to me.
7. If you weren't doing this, what do you see yourself doing instead?
I would be an insane homeless person.
8. What are some interests/hobbies outside of music, or things you look forward to doing on days off and/or during free time?
I like to enjoy an old movie and then teach myself the theme song or "single" from it. I like taking walks to strange places, vintage, aliens, weird religious prayer cards...I also love Ted.com and cool brainy things that people are doing to save the world. I also have been known to appreciate really gross candy.
9. What is something random about yourself?
I'll give you ten: have you not seen 10 Random Things About Reni Lane? (www.renilane.com/10things).
10. What are some bands you are currently listening to?
For some reason I was on a big Mozart kick the past two days (I watched one of my favorite movies, Amadeus)! But more modern bands? Hurricane Bells, Longwave, Nightmare and the Cat, and as far as oldies go right now it's the The Turtles, Joni Mitchell, Judy Garland, and Frank Sinatra.
Some old favourites/favourite records?
Contrary to all the interviews I read about other artists, my parents never properly introduced me to much rock 'n roll as a kid, but I was lucky that two of the first albums I stole from their collection were Elvis' Christmas Album and Tom Petty's "Wildflowers."
Anything you're looking forward to being released?
The next Bat For Lashes and Radiohead album. Of the latter, it's almost as exciting just hearing how they'll release it.
Last cd/vinyl/digital purchased?
I bought "Rumors" while on the road just to have it on my phone because my laptop kept dying in the van. "Dreams" and "The Chain" are two of my all-time favorite songs.
Last movie you saw & show you went to?
Yesterday I watched Casablanca just before going out to see Angela McCluskey perform at Bardot in Hollywood. Her voice and the club's decor made me feel like I was my own character in the sequel to the movie. The whole experience was sublime - you have to see her live cover of "Don't Explain" with her husband Paul on piano.