One artist's name that we've been hearing around clubland lately is that of Lane 8, otherwise known as Daniel Goldstein. He's steadily been picking up momentum over the past few years — both at shows across the country and as a producer.
We recently had the opportunity to chat with Daniel about his musical career thus far and he also sheds some light on his life outside of music.
So, let’s start at the beginning. His favorite song (well, first favorite) may not come as a surprise to any of you because it very well may have been your’s at one point.
“Probably some sort of lullaby or even the ‘I love you, you love me’ song from Barney? Hard to say. My first CD was Blackstreet.”
As for his first “dance music” track, he was exposed to some of dance music's most classic tracks early on.
“I was raised on Pet Shop Boys and as such, they were my introduction into electronic music. I used to listen to my father’s copy of ‘Behaviour’ every single afternoon when I got home from school. Some of my early PSB favorites were ‘Being Borning,’ ‘Domino Dancing,’ ‘How Can You Expect to be Taken Seriously?’ etc.”
With a childhood rooted in music, DJing and producing were a natural step for him.
“I have been making music essentially as long as I can remember, so it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact moment—but what got me into producing electronic music was hip hop, wanting to make beats like DJ Premier and Pete Rock in the early 2000s. DJ’ing came much later for me, once I got to college and became more interested in dance music.”
However, performing isn’t all fun and games. It can be both rewarding and challenging.
“Seeing an entire room of people respond to something you’re doing, or singing along with a song you wrote, is definitely the best part of performing—it’s an extremely fulfilling experience for an artist to get that immediate feedback. The most challenging aspect of performing is in the preparation—the hunt for interesting, non-obvious music, the drive to continue to create new music so that my sets stand out from others.”
Recently, Daniel posted on Facebook about another challenge he's faced as both a producer and a performer.
“I think the crux of my point, if there was one, was that people often confuse the artist with the real human being behind the music, as those are two very separate things in my eyes. I’m not a great person because I made a remix that people liked. When you first start getting all this love and positive attention showered on you it’s kind of flattering and exhilarating, but at a certain point you wonder ‘do I really deserve that?’ What does it say about me, that I need this sort of thing to be fulfilled?”
He has been recently touring the US, again, and playing at a variety of different venues across the country. As for a favorite… There are almost too many to choose from.
“There are so many lovely places that I’ve been lucky enough to play. Playing The Independent in San Francisco on this last tour was something I was very proud of, particularly because I’m from the bay area and spent a lot of my adult life living there and seeing the caliber of artists that have walked on that same stage.”
One of his stops was at The Grasshopper Underground in Detroit, as well. While not his first time playing in Detroit, it was still a memorable experience.
“I’ve played there three times now. Grasshopper was great, they’ve improved the sound and lighting quite a lot since the last time I was there and it always has an underground, intimate vibe. Hugh and Bryan from Golf Clap are such great guys to play for, they really stick to their guns booking that place and it’s honestly a great honor to play there considering the kind of talent they routinely book.”
And when he is in Detroit, his time is typically spent hanging out with Hugh and Bryan!
“Usually I just hang out with the Golf Clap boys, they are extremely hospitable—the last time I was in Detroit, Hugh invited me to his house for a Thanksgiving dinner! I love that aspect of playing here, it’s always a nice break from sitting around in a hotel room ordering room service.”
As for his “style” of music, Golf Clap can be credited with the original name: “Dreamy Backrub House.”
He is more than just a performer, however.
“Im an outdoors person. I love hiking, swimming in the lake, exploring new places. When I’m home from tour, I like to relax with my fiancee and cat and enjoy the peace and quiet.”
As for the move to Germany...
"I followed the woman of my dreams to Leipzig 2 years ago and haven't looked back since."
On a side note, he does often solicit help in the studio… From his cat. You can see the video evidence on Facebook!
His next US date is in California at the SnowGlobe Music Festival, December 29… And, of couse, Holy Ship in January!