He’s firmly Aussie-based, but Saint Lane is still very happy to call Auckland home, and clearly happy with life, despite its many challenges. He learned the guitar early in primary school and admits to always being a music nerd, but it wasn’t until late teens that he began to think seriously about making music. A budding career as a stand-up comedian (often imitating rappers) got in the way, and certainly helps explain why his hip hop is so jaunty, buoyant and fun. Witness Sugary Sweet, Compliment My Shirt and his track Pitbull Type Beat, a wildly humorous revisiting of a night out that led him to discover an unexpected love for Miami rapper Pitbull. A cautionary tale of sorts… Pitbull Type Heat was featured oo NZ On Air Music‘s NewTracks compilation in September.
Lane Harry Muir. I’m from Auckland and I play guitar and bass.
I studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music at Griffith University [Brisbane]. That’s where I really was able to get focused on creating music, learning more about music and meeting like-minded creatives.
I was in a duo called Lane-Harry x Ike Campbell. We released two albums and an EP and had one really successful track called The Dash.
I loved the duo, but I wanted to make some more playful experimental solo stuff with elements of multiple genres. I teamed up with Falcon Ultra and the three of us made whatever we wanted to make, with no genre limits.
I did this freestyle years ago as Lane Harry and I said, “Call me Saint Lane, like I play for New Orleans,” in reference to the NFL team. It was a pretty cool full-circle moment because the first Saint Lane photoshoot was in New Orleans!
When I started writing I was thinking, ‘What would people want to hear,’ which is the wrong state of mind to write in. Now if something is authentic I’ll talk about it. In my new song Pitbull Type Beat I talk about throwing up in a swimming pool at the hotel I used to work at. I wasn’t comfortable or confident enough at the beginning to be so transparent.
There’s no song like it right now. There’s neo-soul chords, a 2000’s pop chorus, croony autotune, and a true story that’s fun!
Just a drunken night where I did a bunch of really silly things, and in a moment of peak intoxication realised I loved Miami rapper Pitbull. Everyday stuff really.
“Never liked Pitbull before… but now I totally get it.”
I got to meet MXXWLL who is one of my favourite producers ever. Me and Falcon Ultra and Max all hung out at Dennis’ (of Falcon Ultra) home studio, and Max just play this progression that sounded so nice, and then threw this filter on it that sounded woozy – and it reminded me of what I did the weekend before.
I would love people to hear this song and just have a great time. It’s a bubbly fun song in a time where there’s not too many fun tracks around.
I want every single to sound refreshing. I don’t have a song that people could say it reminds them of this or that. If we think the song is unique and special and a moment in my discography then it’s a single.
I have a song on the way with two rappers. It’s mental. That’s all I can say right now. But it’s big…
I’m such a fan of Benee. I think everything she’s doing is fantastic. Playlist her whole EP, she is waving that Kiwi flag worldwide and I love it.
I don’t think I’ve ever had funding on anything, so I am not the dude to ask unfortunately
I always check out TheNeedleDrop. People take what Fantano says as bible, and sometimes they wait for his opinion to make their own which is super wack to me. I think he has a lot of music knowledge and great taste though, so I’m always interested to see if we agree on certain records. Shawn Cee keeps it very real which I love, if something is lacklustre he is the first to call it out but he’s also got great high praise. Shoutout BigQuint the OG YouTube music legend too.
@lanethesaint on everything
I really wanna tour New Zealand and I’m sure it will be happening in the next 12 months.