Saturday, March 12, 2016

This Week's Interview With Carrie Lane of Honey Thief

Honey Thief' is an american folk music band lead by former solo artist, Carrie Lane. Carrie has toured the country and had great success as a Youtube sensation. Carrie is also signed to MSA LA.Carrie is the brain child behind Honey Thief and co-wrote the debut album Bad Idea with James Strazza. Honey Thief is inspired by the hit song The Honey thief by the band Hipsway, a popular group from Glasglow in the mid eighties. The lyrics read, "The light of deep regret Let me see what I don't get...Catch a thief, a honey thief".

One thing is for sure, it will be hard to catch up with Lane as she takes off with her new project. The upcoming EP includes all live instruments and a smoother, softer, and more natural tone from Lane.  Honey Thief is the perfect combination of the essence of Carrie Lane, sweet and savory.

Hey Carrie, thanks for taking the time to do our interview,

What´s the name of your band (solo project)?
Honey Thief

Who are the members?
Carrie Lane herself is "Honey Thief", but I get to play live with awesome band mates.

What is everyone's role in the band?
I preform the vocals and then you have the talented Ryan Smyth on drums, Dan DelVecchio on guitar, and Stephen Rabasca on bass.

Where are you from?
I am from Montclair, NJ.

How old were you when you first got into the music scene?
I first came into the music scene when I was 18 years old.

What got you started in music?
I had always been in musical theater as a little girl and as I got older it sparked into wanting to tell my story instead of playing a character.

What were your ambitions when you first started?
Honestly, just to let my emotions out.

Where was your first gig?
GameChanger World in NJ

Where was the latest gig?
The Palisades Mall in NY

What are your good and bad traits as an artist?
My good traits would be that I'm extremely creative and hard working. However I feel I value the opinions of others too much which is something I need to work on.

What genre do you feel you are? Why did you pick that particular style?
I am an Indie-Folk artist because it is a modern way that story telling is included, which is my strength.

 Have you released any albums?
Yes, 'bad idea' our debut EP is available to purchase at

Do you have any clips on YouTube?
Yes I do and you find all my videos here:

How old are you now?
I am now 21

How old were you when you first stood on a stage?
I saw my first stage at age 4

How did it feel?
Very Exciting

What was you Best/worst gig you've played?
Worst- GameChanger World. Best- The Studio at Webster Hall opening for Mike Tompkins.

What places will you be playing in in the near future?
We are going to be on tour for the end of March and beginning of April. Full Dates are available at

Where would like to perform in the future?
I really want to play at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles.

Which band is the best that you've seen live?
Mumford & Sons

What made their show so good?
The energy was outrageous, everyone felt it.

 How big was the biggest crowd you preformed for?
My biggest crowd 600 people

What are the plans for the rest of the year music wise?
Touring and hopefully getting a record deal.

How do you typically get psyched up for a gig?
Exercise, both physical and  mental

What are your sources of inspiration?
My parents are a big source of inspiration for me

What's the first step when writing a new song?
It's different every time, that's what makes the writing process so unique

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums in todays digital world?
My music is available to stream on Soundcloud and Reverbnation, but you cannot download for free. I want everyone to be able to access my music, but I believe that people should be supporting local artists more than ever.

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to?
I honestly listen to everything

Has stage fright ever been a problem for you?

What advice can you give to aspiring musicians with this problem?
You have to be comfortable with yourself to be comfortable on stage.

 Are you a part of any other musical projects?
Not currently

 Have you been in any other bands before this one?
Yes, my original project was as Carrie Lane as a solo artist.

Do you have a job other than your music career? Yes, I bartend

How often do you rehearse?
Whenever we can fit it in our busy schedules

Where do you typically rehearse?
At a rehearsal studio

What is your favorite instrument?

Describe your show, visually and musically?
It's very inclusive, no separation from the band the audience, just one big, good time.

Considering the major changes in todays music industry in the digital world and the rise in home studios/DIY independent artists. What do you think is the future of the music industry?
I think there are now a million smaller artists, but ultimately the larger producers and record labels will continue to dominate the industry.

Is this good or bad in your view?

 Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there with less experience than you?
Work hard and stay true to who you are

What advice would you give less experienced band, that you wish someone had given you? Keep going.
Pace yourself. Don't give up.

How would you describe your sound in one sentence?
An All-American indie band with a spin on classic folk music

Thank you Carrie, we wish you all the best and keep us up to date with your latest releases. We would love to hear what comes next! Use the links below to show your support for this artist and be sure to follow her.

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