Q&A Scene: CHARLIE LANE

Tell us about your new single Gold Drips?                                                         

Lyrically, Gold Drips is written around enmeshed families, and a co-dependent relationship I was in at the time. I was really stuck in a position of loyalty and had to remember to break out of that place, to do what was right, even if that meant I had to leave what was comfortable behind. 

Gold Drips came about back in 2019. Written first alongside co-writer Lyra Caltabiano, who was a session guitarist at the time. I returned to the track in 2021 with Adam Heath when its story had a whole new meaning to me. I really wanted to keep going with it, so we then recorded it at HeadGap studios with Rohan Sforcina and got my current sessions Louis Spencely on drums and Jet Kalt on Bass to record with us. We also wanted synth so got the amazing Jasmine Johnston onboard. 

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

Probably a song I wrote on the album called ‘I Hate Me’. I’m very proud of this track. It was a very hard song to structure because of the way I wrote the lyrics. Musically, the verses are quite fast rhythmically, so I had to really articulate on point with the drums, it was hard at first. The chorus has a huge punky build and we just have so much fun with it live that it definitely has to be up there.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

I looked this one up because I thought I had to be a cheese, I’m so cheesy, so I chose Pannerone cheese. It’s Italian, and also soft but bitter which I personally think my songs are to a tee. 

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

In the studio when we were recording one of my tracks called “ Why Aren’t You Listening?”. It was just Adam Heath, my session guitarist/ co-producer and my mixing engineer Rohan Sforcina. We’d almost finished the track and I don’t know how but we realised Rohan had a vocoder, this old electronic keyboard that has a mic attached to it, and when you play a note or chord your vocals come out all ‘Daft Punky’. Anyway, we ended up putting it on the end of the track just because we all had such a laugh messing around. 

What, or who, inspires you?

People watching, listening to other people’s stories, paintings or drawings, also a lot of female and LGBTQIA+ identifying musicians at current. Alex Lahey, Girl In Red, Florence Welch, The Last Dinner Party, Mia Ray, Little Simz, Carook for instance. 

Which song do you wish you wrote?

The National – Terrible Love. I Love The National’s entire catalogue, but the High Violet album is my favourite and this song is just beautifully put together. The lyrics are just so delicate. Matt Berninger baritone vocals too! Oh god, it’s perfect. I first listened to this song when I was in an extremely dark place and I just wish I had written or collaborated with them.  The build at the end of this song where all the instrumentation just goes nuts just gives me shivers.  

What’s next for you?

In the near future, I’ll be releasing the second single of the album quite soon, hopefully early May. Then the album later this year. I’m prepping some more support slots for other artists at the moment so I’ll make sure to let you know when they’re happening.

What’s your scene?

The beach, the pool, the surf. I like water. I also like being on my own and just writing a crap ton. 

Image: Marcus Coblyn

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