INTERVIEW: Victoria Lane

Hi Victoria, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thanks for having me! I’ve been doing pretty great. I finished moving to L.A. in mid-September, so I’ve been busy getting myself settled, writing some music, and spending time in the studio!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lights Off”?

“Lights Off” is, I think, an out-and-out anthem. It’s one of those songs I imagine people singing along to at the top of their lungs. The storyline and the meaning behind it are relatable, no matter your gender or age. It’s really sweet sounding, but when you listen to the lyrics, you hear a good mix of emotions and sass. There’s some anger, there’s some humor, and there’s a bit of vulnerability as well. I like to think it sounds like some of Katy Perry’s older songs.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Oh, most definitely. Everything I’ve written so far has been inspired by a particular event or phrase I’ve heard someone say. In “Lights Off,” the pre-chorus into the chorus were directly inspired by a particular guy: “I wasn’t wrong about you / You really had me fooled / You called me pretty with the lights off.” (Yup, he called me pretty in a pitch black room.) And then I took that concept — of a guy tricking a girl into believing he’s something he’s not and then ultimately letting her down — and ran with it. I just kept writing down all of these ironic phrases and “Lights Off” was born.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I’m planning on it! I’m working with my team right now to get something set up. I want it to be really feisty. And you can bet that my male lead will look similar to the guy who inspired the song.

How was the recording and writing process?

The idea came to me one night as I was doing my makeup. I was a bit irked by this guy, and I started writing the chorus a cappella — my housemates can corroborate this story because they heard me singing it at the top of my lungs in our shared bathroom, hah! — and it took me a few days to get the hook to where I wanted it to be. Chris Bourne, who is a brother to me, was crashing at our house at the time, so I asked him to help me finish it up. We just sat down one day, and in less than two hours, we had finished the whole song!

What role does Miami play in your music?

My whole journey in music started while I was still living in Miami. I had my training wheels on while I was living there, meaning I was learning what it was like to be in a studio and perform. Florida, and not just Miami, is quite dear to me, really. I was in Orlando visiting one of my best friends who is also an artist, Cody T, and he was the first to tell me to take the plunge and start chasing this dream. And my friends just north of me in Wellington own an incredible creative media company — love to everyone at Afflux Studios! —, so I got my start with them doing covers and then had them shoot my music video for my first single “Don’t Regret It.”

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are covering someone else than when you are writing your own material?

I think both approaches are the same: I just stay true to myself. I don’t try to sound like anyone else, but I’m certainly influenced by the artists I cover and look up to.

How’s your new EP coming along?

It’s coming along amazingly! I’ve already got my songs written, so now it’s just a matter of getting into the studio and perfecting them. I can’t wait to share the first single off the EP in the next few months.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I’m shooting to release it March 2017. I really want to get all of this music out there quickly! As for a title — I have always imagined it being called “Passion Project” because it truly is a display of my passion, but we’ll see what happens as the process moves along.

As you grow both as a person but also musically I see you tend to draw inspiration from a wide range of sources – would you be playing with some new styles on this record?

Yes. A thousand times yes. I’ve written a few songs that are pretty different from “Don’t Regret It” and “Lights Off,” and I think they’re going to show the true range I’ve got as a songwriter and artist.

Any plans to hit the road?

The second I have a chance to! I’m working on plans to visit a couple of cities in the spring of next year!

What else is happening next in Victoria Lane’s world?

Writing, recording, and writing some more. I’m going to start setting up video shoots for a few songs, too. And apart from that, I’m trying to enjoy life and eat tons of ice cream — shout out to Salt & Straw for feeding my addiction — as much as possible.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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