Song #11 – Lane 8

Fingerprint – Lane 8

I first heard Trance, the electronic music wave of that time, when I went to my Mom’s home city of Irapuato, in the beautiful state of Guanajuato. I was just about to start 10th grade, and was just coming out of a long streak of listening to emo-punk. Needless to say, I needed something that could lift me up to happier frequencies. A friend of mine, son of a long-time family friend, took me to a house party where someone he knew had set up some speakers and a turntable. We were driving around in his car, when he asked me if I had ever heard of Armin Van Buuren. I told him I hadn’t. He asked me to take out a CD case (yes, back then we were still using CD cases) and pull out the “Shivers” album. He inserted it, skipped a few tracks, and then I heard it: Zocalo.

That guitar.

When I hear the track, I still feel my heart pounding like it did that first time, 10 years ago. And now, electronic music has come so far.

There are new artists emerging, reinventing themselves, rising from the ashes of their predecessors and blowing themselves up into unrecognizable mainstream brands. Of the recently emerged music producers and DJs, Lane 8 has been continuously catching my attention. Just recently, I heard one of his latest tracks, Fingerprint. This full-bodied track shows both maturity in the genre and energy that is waiting to be released. Other recent tracks such as Divina and Crush give us more of that primitive, yet refined, energy that makes everybody want to get up from the chairs and move.

For those that are in Vancouver, he will be playing in M.I.A. on November 5th. I strongly urge you to buy a ticket, and leave your smartphone at home…