IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and province are you from?
NEIL ‘SKYLER’ LANE: I am currently situated in a small city known as the Flower City, Brampton within Ontario, Canada.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
NEIL ‘SKYLER’ LANE: My first motive into pursuing music was when I was 16 years old. I had a friend who had a small home studio set up in his basement; he invited me over to come check it out after listening to some of his numbers on an mp3 player. I instantly fell in love with the idea of being a rapper. Little did I know that singing would be on my agenda once I began my own journey into the music realm. For several years I spent a lot of time using music as my Zen and go-to for peace of mind as a hobby. Eventually I began to lose interest and took many hiatuses until I realized I had no love for music anymore. I wasn’t going anywhere with it and I couldn’t figure out that the simple answer to that was that I was not taking it serious or investing into the potential of my voice and intricate ability to write poetic lyrics. I went on a major soul search as I did not know myself and soon realized that everything I could not express to anyone verbally. I would be able to do vocally and musically. When I found my true voice, the real music began to emit from my heart and soul onto frequencies recorded right out of my basement. I spent countless nights working on projects and the tracks just kept getting better that it almost hurt to be so in touch with the spirit of my true nature. At age 24 (I am now 25 years old), I decided I’d invest some money into my music career and touched base with an old friend who happens to be interning for Noah ’40’ Shebib as an audio-engineer. Through an excellent friendship that maintained after a very long break of not speaking with each other since we were kids, we were able to work out some viable tracks for a very affordable price. I was headed in the direction of working with OVO further if possible through this connection but had discovered my views on musical talent and ability did not contrast as well as I thought it would with the teams vision.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
NEIL ‘SKYLER’ LANE: To me, I view music not simply as a career or hobby but the manifestation of both of those ideas put into one that configures my entire life. I’m not in this for the money, as that comes as a later priority to me when it comes to my motives, but it is to understand my soul and to know my enemy. The person inside me that has instilled fears and been affected in a negative nature by certain calamities in life. It is my way of giving that enemy a chance to have a voice, to have something beautiful so that they can be a friend of mine now and to be one with me as a person of who I truly am.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
NEIL ‘SKYLER’ LANE: My songs are about the greatest spiritual gift among us; love. I like to take my music a notch further as well and test how abstract as well as divinely powerful I can emit its frequencies where I touch topics like God, spirituality, heartbreak, being brought to life and resurrecting the spirit of that life into those who feel lost. It is about giving a person a dream to live off of and an unmistakable power that something divine exists and he or she can live through the vocals on even a recorded studio track.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
NEIL ‘SKYLER’ LANE: My musical influences are Jhene Aiko in the number one spot and other various artists. I keep my list small though so I can concentrate the art form into myself. I speak so highly of Jhene Aiko as we do resemble each other in personal experiences, spiritual and even biological when it comes to ethnic heritage. Our beliefs are high in coordination and she allows me to see the bigger picture as well as having opened that door or portal as we would say to release my real soul into my embodiment out of its prison and voice out into the world. Other artists that have affected the fierce, raw and rich lion-like vocals in my singing and rapping range from Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, Common (lyrically) and even John Legend.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
NEIL ‘SKYLER’ LANE: A renewal of the mind. I believe it provides clarity and focus. Its message is straight, clean-cut and can give someone a nostalgia or feeling of being God-like.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
NEIL ‘SKYLER’ LANE: My ability to meld with the energy of my listeners not just with music but in life socially as well. I am able to provide counsel in their lives in such a unique and personalized way–fortunately music allows me to connect to others in such a powerful and heart thrusting way. I believe my music equips someone’s mind and heart with a shield or bass filled force that unsheathes the unknown fears they have by showing listeners that these silly things have no real affect on changing their lives for the worse if you’re equipped with the right lifestyle, the right music and the right mindset.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
NEIL ‘SKYLER’ LANE: Speaking my true voice and letting my lyrics flow freely from my heart. I used to have trouble finding my singing voice, but I then realized my lyrics and life being portrayed in my music was not coming from the source of my life in my chest. That alone gave me the inability to write and to vocally sing in the way I was meant to in reality. I felt like I had a thousand different voices and couldn’t name any of them. I was too busy trying to singularize myself and eventually learned, I’m a plural dude and with that being said I need to give my voices names and utilize every single effect and power they can have over society, the world, and my listeners with the message I can 1) promote 2) change the ways of those thinking who battle the most non-sense fears like I did. Of course the list goes on because a man with several different voices likes to communicate several different messages even if not all of them are positive, but done for the reason of having his listeners relate, realize and triumph over mistake.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
NEIL ‘SKYLER’ LANE: I’m working on purchasing leases and exclusives soon hopefully for either an album or demo cd. Potentially, I would like to create a 7 track short-album with songs that really resonate with a man and woman’s soul. I want them to listen to the 7 track album in full and say to themselves “Wow, to be a human is the God damn coolest thing ever, I know my worth; I know my dreams and goals now. I’m going to pursue them with this new found knowledge I’ve heard from this God given artist named Skyler aka Niel Lane.”
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
NEIL ‘SKYLER’ LANE: I like to see myself as a business in being a major contributor into building Heaven in peoples live. I would without a doubt love to be very credible, professional and noticed out loud with my music, message and work further into promoting it’s vision in other aspects in life whether that mean showing them a music artist can take initiative into going into politics, getting a PhD in psychology, or even producing new concepts and ideas for movie script writers, book writers, etc. I am a very versatile and ranges guy, when it comes to mental work, I am a jack of all trades.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
NEIL ‘SKYLER’ LANE: My music is most conveniently accessed through my SoundCloud direct link at http://soundcloud.com/IAmSkyler and my music can at the moment be professionally accessed http://reverbnation.com/IAmSkyler. I am currently uprooting a promising officially website that will be labeled http://IAmSkyler.com so keep an eye out for that. It’s going to be amazing.
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