10 Quick Ones with JAKE GALAMBOS from LANE CHANGE – May 2017

According to a recent press release: “Phoenix, AZ based rock quartet Lane Change has released their 4 track EP, Rise. Out now on all major digital outlets, Rise was engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered by Michael Beck (Lydia, Jake E Lee) at SoundVision Recording Studios in Mesa, Arizona” We get guitarist Jake Galambos from the band to answer our 10 Quick Ones about the upcoming release and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

We really took our time with this EP. Our first record was fun to make and we were happy with our writing, but the final product just didn’t capture our energy; our live show is nuts! We met with Michael Beck a Sound Vision Studios, and he really got wheat we wanted to do. He took the time to craft guitar and drum tones with us. We used 3+ guitar and amp rigs on each track to get the right punch, and different mic and room configurations until the drums sat just the way we wanted. Most importantly was the attention to detail on the vocals. He let Lizzie (Bass/Vocals) build crazy, complex harmonies on the songs, and reigned her in when it needed to be simple. He let Myles (Vocals) go all out with his performance, really getting deep into the emotion of each track so you can really hear his passion, even if you can’t see him performing. There are even a few times on the EP where he had them get up to the mic together singing harmony to really capture the ‘choir’ feel. It was intense. Also, watch out fore the vibrio slap and rain stick!

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Cam (Drums) was diagnosed with aspergers when he was six. He always had trouble connecting with other kids his age socially, and he was always looking for his ‘thing’. His dad was a drummer and when he was 10 they made a couple videos of him drumming along with Kiss for fun, and it turned out Cam had a real talent for music. He started playing in bands with kids his own age, and for the first time really built a social circle. His drum skills kept improving and he just kept searching until he really found the right band and the right musicians to connect with. He was the founding member of Lane Change. This was all his idea!

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

This is always a hard question for us, because we have such diverse musical backgrounds. Cam is Rock the the core, Myles grew up on classic R&B, Lizzie was an opera singer, and my first record collection was all jazz. That said, as a band we all love: Led Zeppelin, Heart, Bad Company, Rival Sons, and Elvis.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

Scott Holliday of the Rival Sons. We’re huge fans of their work, and because we already have two vocalists I think it’d be a blast to craft a Lane Change song with two guitars playing off each other. Especially if he threw in some slide work!

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

We always call our music Rock and Soul. It’s a little cheesy, but it’s accurate. We’re a rock band, loud guitar and pounding drums, but our two vocalists and our songwriting bring something different to the mix.

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

We’ve all been musicians since we can remember, so I don’t think we have anything tho compare it to! I’d say probably always having something to do. There’s always a song to learn or write or practice. A musician is rarely board.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

I cook, Lizzie bakes, Myles tends bar, and Cam is always the entertainment. We rehearsed A LOT so when we get some down time together to hang out no one busts a out the guitar, usually it’s heads-up or a lip sync battle.

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Like with the earlier question, we can’t imagine not being musicians. I don’t know that we could do any other job. Being a musician is more than a job, it’s a calling. Even when we try and take a break we end up playing. I will try to not practice for a week, and rarely makes it six hours before I am playing. Myles will go sing karaoke on the rare weekend night Lane Change doesn’t have a show. There’s really nothing else we can imagine doing.

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

If we could go back we probably would have approached our first record differently. Lizzie would have done more vocally, I would have done more guitar work, we all would have taken different approach. But, hind sight is always 20/20 and we’re excited about our new EP – RISE and the direction we’ve been taking for this last year. So, maybe we wouldn’t change it, now that I think about it. Maybe that first record taught us what we needed to do for this new EP.

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

One of the first 4 Led Zeppelin records. We’d love to see the process behind those tones, the songwriting, and what the energy was like. Did they know it was going to be huge, genre altering, and iconic, or were they just hopeful? Did they even think about what came next?

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