karllane.com - Composer and Producer creating music for Film, TV, Video Games and Advertising
Karl Lane (a.k.a Komb) is a UK based Composer and Music Producer, with an extensive library of music covering a number of genres and sound styles. Karl has a wealth of experience in the music industry, complemented with a deep understanding of cutting edge technology and the latest production processes.
A self-taught multi-instrumentalist and producer, Karl's defiance of formal training has resulted in a blending of multiple genres across his entire catalogue.
Be it Post-Rock, Synthwave, Orchestral, Classical, EDM, Metal, Alternative and many more, Karl's use of live instruments, orchestral arrangements and synthesizers have helped him to craft a unique sound of versatility.
Karl is currently affiliated with PRS for Music.
Karl is also associated with Methodic Doubt Music.
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Interview with Karl Lane
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: 14 track Synthwave Cinema album
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Technology is pushing the boundaries and Analog emulation is pretty darn good I must say
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Satisfaction guarenteed
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Making music!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "When do you think it will be done?" When it's ready
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I spend days trying to get a snare drum sounding right. It has been hours though.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: We'll talk about instruments, mood, tempo, energy, genre, reference tracks (if any).
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Message me always first. Let's discuss your vision and what you're aiming to achieve.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acoustic Guitar, a guitar pick, and 3 more picks for those I will undoubtedly lose before resorting to pebbles in the sand.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing, gigging, recording, producing, composing music since I was 14. I'm now 30
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Cinematic often minimalist in approach. Not to say I don't love creating crazy orchestral string arrangements
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Hans Zimmer. There are videos on YouTube of him in the studio. If you haven't already, go watch!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The more you do, the more you know.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Anything from Post-Rock, EDM, Ambient, Orchestral, Cinematic, Metal, Rock, Alternative
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Emotion and Heart.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Discuss the vision of the project with the client. We'll talk about instruments, mood, tempo, energy, genre, reference tracks (if any). I will then produce the first draft and discuss the direction with the client to make sure we are on the right track (lazy pun intended)
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use top of the line vst plugins from Waves, Izotope, Native instruments, Spectrasonics and MANY more and top quality sample libraries. Humble professional home setup with many hours/days/months/years/dollars spent on a studio I am proud to work in.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Vangelis, Explosions In The Sky, Hans Zimmer, Cult Of Luna
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Compose and Produce instrumental music for use in Film, TV, Video Games and Advertising.