An Interview via e-mail with the Incredible Rock Vocalist,
Lana Lane via by Glenn Milligan in March 2007
I must congratulate you on an incredible album. Can you possibly do an e-mail interview for us for our Rock/Metal Webzine www.metalliville.com !
LANA: Thank you so much for the compliment, and I am more than happy
to do this interview. :-) The Gemini album was a lot of fun to record,
and it's nice to talk about
What initially made you want to form a career as a vocalist and songwriter and what favourite aspects have stood out so far?
LANA: Well, my mom was a singer when she was younger. She and her sister were singers in a vocal group called "The Vocal Touches". Being that my mom is Dutch, the only notoriety they ever achieved was in Europe. My earliest memory is of my mom singing along with the radio. There was always music in the house. I think I could probably sing before I could talk ;-) So I think it was just a natural progression for me to follow in my mom's footsteps.
The thing that has stood out for me the most is the travel that I have been able to do. I've gone to countries that most people will never see in their lifetime -- it's fantastic! Not to mention being able to make my living in the arts...I feel very lucky.
How did you come to meet the players and decide who to use for the 'Gemini' album?
LANA: We have had the great fortune of meeting many talented musicians through other musician friends. The longer you are in the business, the more people you meet -- it becomes a very small world. The way we chose who to use was very simple. We thought about the individual songs and what musician would bring the most to the recordings with his own flair. It was a very simple process.
Which songs did you enjoy recording the most and why?
LANA: I really enjoyed recording "White Rabbit". I wasn't sure how to approach this song. Grace Slick has such a distinctive voice and I didn't want to change the intensity she brought to the song. So, I tried to be as uninhibited as she was on that recording and I think I was able to bring some Lana Lane to the song without removing what Grace brought.
I also really enjoyed recording the "Pink Moon Suite". This was very challenging and rewarding.
Where did you get the idea of the cover come from and how long did it take to get to the final finished stage?
LANA: The cover is by a Polish artist by the name of Jacek Yerka. He has done just about everyone of my CD covers. His work really fits the music and our relationship with him has been a great union.
Were other songs considered for the album - if so, which ones and why did you decide to drop them in favour of the songs on the album?
LANA: We had discussed some songs by America and The Eagles and some other artists, but we decided to save those artists for something else in the future.
Have any of the originators heard your versions of the songs and what did they say about them?
LANA: We had some nice compliments on our cover of Uriah Heep's "Weep in Silence" (first Covers Collection) and our cover of "In the Court of the Crimson King" (Return to Japan CD) from some of the original band members. That was really great to hear, of course! I hope we'll hear something from the artists we covered on Gemini, too.
If any artists were to record any of your own personal songs, would there be certain artists you would like to record them and which songs would you like to be recorded and why?
LANA: I would love for Ann Wilson or Chris Cornell to record ANY of
my songs. I think I would love to hear Ann record "Queen of the
Ocean" (from the CD Queen of
What places have you enjoyed playing in the most and why with regard to countries and types of venues?
LANA: That's a hard question to answer. Each venue and country has
its own set of attributes that adds to the whole experience. I love
the hi-tech, neon lights
What are you most looking forward to about playing the UK?
LANA: I'm looking forward to seeing the fans! They are always so responsive to our music. They are very loyal fans -- much like the Japanese. It's so great to see familiar faces in the crowd, they make us feel very comfortable and welcome.
If you could perform with other female vocalists (not necessarily rock or metal) who would they be and what would you like to perform with them?
LANA: I would love to perform with Bonnie Raitt. I love her smokey voice and her great slide guitar playing. She has such an ease about her. I would also love to perform with Ella Fitzgerald if she were alive today. My favorite quote about Ella is ..."when she walks down the street, she leaves notes.."
What do you enjoy most and why - performing your own material or cover tunes and for what reasons?
LANA: I like them both for different reasons. Performing my own material is very rewarding and fulfilling. There's nothing like seeing people sing along with songs that you've written. Performing cover songs is special in its own right because it provides a "built-in" familiarity that people automatically respond to. I don't think I could chose one over the other.
A big thank you for taking the time to answer the questions.
LANA: My pleasure, Glenn!