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Carl Lane III

Every Sunday, we publish a story from a member of the DIOP community. Because each and every one of you is on a journey and we're right there with you.

This week's comes from our guy Carl Lane III. He's a professional mover by day and front man of LAV.ISH by night. Which makes him the hardest working man in Des Moines. He likes to rock the Pink Matter when he's in the studio putting together new heat. And he's going to tell us how he went from classically training as a bassist to opening for Lizzo. Let's get into it!

If you ask my Mom, she'd tell you I was always going to be a professional musician. She sacrificed a lot for me to be here.

I started out playing Bass classically in the 4th grade. Which meant a lot of Beethoven, Mozart and Vivaldi.

And though I started singing in the 9th grade, our choir director kept me grounded. I thought if I were to stay around music I'd end up in an orchestra.

That was until I got to college. My roommate (and soon to be keyboardist) Brandon knew a bunch of the guys.

They come from a lot of backgrounds musically.

Nim listens to a lot of Biggie while Tyler digs Blink-182. Growing up, Jared played a lot of classic rock while Lucas was producing house and electronic music.

And Brandon listens to, well, everything.

We'd go back and forth kicking around ideas. Whenever I heard something, it would just come to me. And I 'd have no choice but to lay down what’s in my head.

After taking the time to establish our sound, we put out our first single "Pass It Around" in January 2018.

That was really cool but my favorite thing is still performing with the group. There's nothing like having people to share the experience with.

Our first official gig was at an EDM festival in Cummings, Iowa called G14 in July 2018. Since we were the only band at the festival, we were left to fend for ourselves on this tiny stage. Set up was difficult and the stage manager left, so it was up to us to get everything running. Luckily, Lucas, Jared, and Tyler knew what to do.

We started our set at 2 a.m. for a super dope crowd. The energy was awesome and it was a great way to kick off that summer.

And it was just a preview of things to come. In the fall, Tyler heard through his production company that the University of Iowa needed an opener for Lizzo, so we threw our hat into the ring.

They sent a bunch of material from different local artists over to her reps and she chose us. We played to 1500 people outside the capital.

If you want to earn a living working creatively, my biggest piece of advice is to not have a plan B. As humans, we tend to stick with what's comfortable.

If you have a backup, it's easy to fall back on it when we face obstacles or things don't go as we expect. Stick to your goals and don't give them up.


The DIOP Circle V.2

June 30th, 2019


Carl Lane

Every Sunday, we publish a story from a member of the DIOP community. Because each and every one of you is on a journey and we're right there with you.

This week's comes from our guy Carl Lane III. He's a professional mover by day and front man of LAV.ISH by night. Which makes him the hardest working man in Des Moines. He likes to rock the Pink Matter when he's in the studio putting together new heat. And he's going to tell us how he went from classically training as a bassist to opening for Lizzo.

Let's get into it!

If you ask my Mom, she'd tell you I was always going to be a professional musician. She sacrificed a lot for me to be here.

I started out playing Bass classically in the 4th grade. Which meant a lot of Beethoven, Mozart and Vivaldi.

And though I started singing in the 9th grade, our choir director kept me grounded. I thought if I were to stay around music I'd end up in an orchestra.

That was until I got to college. My roommate (and soon to be keyboardist) Brandon knew a bunch of the guys.

They come from a lot of backgrounds musically. Nim listens to a lot of Biggie while Tyler digs Blink-182. Growing up, Jared played a lot of classic rock while Lucas was producing house and electronic music. And Brandon listens to, well, everything.

We'd go back and forth kicking around ideas. Whenever I heard something, it would just come to me. And I 'd have no choice but to lay down what’s in my head.

After taking the time to establish our sound, we put out our first single "Pass It Around" in January 2018.

That was really cool but my favorite thing is still performing with the group. There's nothing like having people to share the experience with. Our first official gig was at an EDM festival in Cummings, Iowa called G14 in July 2018.

Since we were the only band at the festival, we were left to fend for ourselves on this tiny stage. Set up was difficult and the stage manager left, so it was up to us to get everything running. Luckily, Lucas, Jared, and Tyler knew what to do.

We started our set at 2 a.m. for a super dope crowd. The energy was awesome and it was a great way to kick off that summer.

And it was just a preview of things to come. In the fall, Tyler heard through his production company that the University of Iowa needed an opener for Lizzo, so we threw our hat into the ring. They sent a bunch of material from different local artists over to her reps and she chose us. We played to 1500 people outside the capital.

If you want to earn a living working creatively, my biggest piece of advice is to not have a plan B. As humans, we tend to stick with what's comfortable. If you have a backup, it's easy to fall back on it when we face obstacles or things don't go as we expect. Stick to your goals and don't give them up.


By Carl Lane III

Follow Carl at @clane3rd and LAV.ISH @lavdotish.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of DIOP.


Check to our new single "UR" (here).

- By Carl Lane III


Follow Carl at @clane3rd and LAV.ISH @lavdotish.

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