Cash Lane - California Interview by Claire Plath Nomination & Photography by Nicole Lane Issue 32 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: At the tender age of 13, Cash Lane is already living his best life. Having graced the stages of some iconic places such as The Viper Room and The Rainbow on Hollywood’s Sunset strip, sitting in with adult, touring musicians, all while holding his own on his bass guitar. His band, Youthanize, was recently complemented and scouted by America’s Got Talent. Having played shows with an audience full of the music industry’s heavy hitters is enough to leave any seasoned adult player feeling envious. Cash is just getting started and we can’t wait to see what his future holds!
What do you love most about music, and what is your favorite instrument to play? The famous quote, “where words fail, music speaks” really resonates with me. Music is a way for me to express myself. Happy or sad, there’s always a song that will reflect my mood. I play drums and bass guitar, but bass is my instrument of choice.
Tell me about your band Youthanize and the opportunities you have received like playing in The Viper Room on Hollywood’s Sunset strip. Youthanize is a band from ages 10-14 years old. We play rock and roll covers. We are mentored by my dad, Corey Lane and our keyboard player’s dad, Jason Freese. They are both in the music industry and through them, we have had some amazing opportunities. Sometimes they help us get our foot in the door, but our playing has to speak for itself. Getting to play on the Sunset strip was definitely on my bucket list. Getting to do it multiple times has been really cool.
What has been your favorite memory of being a part of your band so far, and how has music opened the door for new experiences in your life? I have so many great memories from being a part of my band. We all get along so well, and we will definitely be friends for a very long time as we navigate this business. I’d have to say that my favorite show was getting to play with a band called Rothchild. It’s a project that Brooks Wackerman (drummer for Avenged Sevenfold) put together with some of the guys from Tenacious D. There were so many amazingly talented musicians in the audience that night. I felt extremely fortunate that I had that opportunity at only 13 yrs old. As for new experiences, one show just seems to lead to another.
Can you tell me about the importance of work ethic that’s come into play through your music experience so far, and what it has taught you from being hired by places that are adult establishments? Work ethic is something I learned early on. Why would they hire a kid to play if it comes with headaches when they can just hire an adult? I show up early, ready to perform. I do my job. I know it’s not time to play around.
How has your passion for music encouraged you to stay true to yourself throughout your life? Music is something I’ve been around since day one. Throughout elementary school, most of my peers were into sports. I gave it a try. It definitely was NOT my thing. While most of my friends were at baseball practice, I was in music lessons. Friends would come over and the first thing they wanted to do was bang on my drums. It taught me that it was cool to be different. Now, I realize I want to stand out and not blend in.
What advice would you give to other teens that would help encourage them to continue to pursue their dreams even if they stand out amongst the rest? I would tell them something great always comes out of doing what you love. When you stand out or are different, it helps people remember you. You leave a mark and that’s a good thing. If someone really wants something, I’d tell them to not give up. Practice, practice and practice some more. When you’re ready, find others with your same goals, and start jamming with them. But most importantly, never stop learning.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans for the future? In 5 years, I hope to be a bass player who’s a true contender in the game. My dream would be to play music full time. I would love to be able to have my bass guitar take me around the world.