Jane LaneSongwriting | Composition | Music Production | Recording | Cubase | Build a Band
Things I do and teach at different levels:
*Songwriting *Composition *Music Production *Recording *Cubase *Build a Band
I grew up in Birmingham in the seventies when musical women were by definition singers. I was introduced to the piano at a very early age, eventually achieving Grade VII, and I developed perfect pitch very quickly (not by choice). I always assumed that everyone knew what all the notes were that they were hearing all the time, and also what colour they were and what they tasted like…so I spent a happy childhood with music in my head.
I think music has always been central to how I think, it certainly blots out conversation! I would use spare time on the train going home from school composing songs with chords, melody and instrumentation in my head on paper scraps, and play them when I got home on a piano. These would then get recorded on a tape recorder and I’d play several recorders at once to get the effect – at about the time when I guess Phil was playing with real recording gear.
I’m not really a singer so after that there was nowhere to go to, I was a producer in my head. So I was shuffled into the world of teaching. I studied Arabic and French. and worked in the Middle East for twelve years.
I think my formative era was the Punk revolution – this in any case taught me that music and entertainment were strongly linked and that less could definitely be more. I also love psychedelia and melodic interludes, although rhythms can be equally important and often take over. Life experience and travel has also taught me how much fun you can have without changing the chords in a track at all. My current work centres around funk and soul.
In 1995 I met Phil who has developed and encouraged me technologically, so given me access to the power to produce and use music technology to good effect. It took me a couple of years to decide I wanted a rhyming name, but I’ve been Jane Lane ever since. We also had two lovely kids, one of each, who are now huge and very differently talented. I’ve worked now at the Beehouse recording studio since 1999.
I’d like to think things have changed for women in the music business, but ostensibly not that much actually has. There are few role models admitted by the media, and the mandatory visual component of any modern release these days is definitely a step backwards, as it makes the judgement of a track a much more complex thing which can be swayed by the “dirty media” of visual cues.
Songwriting Experience and What I Can Offer
My songwriting experience has included the development of background music and soundtracks which have been used commercially, work with songwriters and singers in helping them to find harmonies or new melody lines or lyrics, the development of live songs for public shows. Finally, for the last few years I have been engaged in the writing of tracks for Henry’s Machine and latterly Hookstick, which have been sung by Kes C, Little Ryos and Sam Gomm. Activity reached a peak in 2015 when seven singles were released onto the market and promoted on over 100 radio stations up and down the UK. We are now moving towards live performance in fits and starts.
During my Jane Lane songwriting and recording sessions, I like to work with singers who have “half the picture”. Maybe you have words, or a tune buzzing around in your head, but nowhere to put it, maybe no harmonies, or trouble with structure. The places where I excel as an individual are in hearing the initial tune, picking out harmonies, and developing a feel for the end style, which I can often do early on in the process. I work equally well in acoustic and electro styles, and prefer work with vocalists because this helps to project emotions and more sophisticated ideas at this important stage. I’m happy to work with your ideas, and so long as you can give me an idea of the genre you’re looking at, or tell me what to listen to, then that’s the way we’ll go.
For more information including a CV and samples of my work, please go to : www.janelane.co.uk
For technical information about recording facilities you can find me at www.beehouse.co.uk