Edd Lane’s debut EP ‘The Sailor’s Escape’ is a refreshing, rustic and emotional EP worthy of a place on any indie music fan’s shelf.
We liked it so much, we thought we’d talk to Edd. Enjoy.
Can you tell me about your writing process?
“My songs are usually born from a chorus, I’ll write a catchy ‘hook’ and then I’ll play and sing melodies and lines around that and start to build the song up from there. My songs are all about the choruses!”
What’s been the hardest thing about being a musician, so far?
“It’s quite hard to get yourself noticed, but the Internet has helped massively with that, the second hardest thing is motivation. It’s very easy to just sit down and make it look like you’re doing something. Nothing worth having comes easily.”
Summer is coming. I’m excited! What are your plans over the sunny months? Any shows coming up?
“It is indeed! Well, I’m planning on going on tour, hopefully starting from Plymouth and heading up country and finishing it off with a few London gigs! That and doing the usual things, I enjoy a surf down in Cornwall with all my mates in the decent weather!”
How did you end up on Thin Man Records?
“Tom, the brains behind the whole operation happens to be a good friend of mine, we work well together and he likes the music I play and offered to help out, we have been full steam ahead ever since, no signs of slowing up yet!”
Where can people pick up your EP?
“My ep is available at http://www.eddlane.com on the ‘Shop’ link and I’m also on iTunes and spotify. Just search Edd Lane ‘The Sailors Escape’.”
I’m told you have an interesting car. What’s happening with that?
“I certainly do, it’s a 1969 Morris Minor 1000, painted in the bluest blue you’ve ever seen. I recently moved to Bath from Devon and I drove it up here, it took me 4 hours, for a journey that normally takes 2 and a half….it’s still a work in progress but it’s ever so reliable and I love it! Got to have a hobby!”
Tell me something no one else knows.
“I can’t say the alphabet backwards.”
The Manual, it’s my favourite song on the EP. The title and lyrics make it pretty self explanatory. What were you going through at the time you wrote it?
“Erm, well just the usual growing a bit older thing that everyone experiences I guess, my hair had recently began to thin out a bit as well…..I was also doubting wether music was a viable career option and was worrying about my songs. I think every musician feels that way at some point, I wrote that song to help me get over it and it helped.”
What’s on your mp3 playlist at the moment?
“I’m currently into Ben Howard in a big way, I’ve been learning a lot of his stuff just to keep my practice going, as well as the fact he is a fellow Devon lad! I always have Frank Turner looping over and over, as well as some other stuff like Labrinth, Skrillex and an american finger style artist called Kelly Joe Phelps.”
Any last words?
Be sure to check out Edd’s EP and artwork by his sister, Charlotte.