Griffin Layne


Hometown:  Fairfax, Virginia



CAM: So, take us back, how did you get into music?:
GL: "Like most of the free world, I've always been a fan of music. I never knew I was passionate about it until I was studying one evening and a song I liked came on the radio. A buddy left his guitar at my place, so I picked it up and spent that evening learning how to play the main chords for the song. The tips of my fingers were bleeding and I probably drove my neighbors nuts. Fast forward two years (with a little down time in between) and my first time walking onto a stage was on the opposite side of the country in the Mecca of the entertainment industry. I won Best Alt. Rock Artist of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards for a song that I wrote, produced and performed. It was scary and exhilarating at the same time. I crossed over into a world of artistic expression that completely depends on consumer appeal and constant personal critique. It's an exciting vocation, on all fronts.  Don't get me wrong, it didn't come that easy. I heard my fair share of, "no" or "you aren't what we're looking for" and I had plenty of opposition just trying to find people to listen to my music. It's a very tough business and you have to develop thick skin very quickly. I had many days of self-doubt and years of growing pains that I had to endure before I was fully mature enough to learn from each and every interaction I had, both pleasant and downright miserable."


CAM: When did you start to really pursue music seriously?:
GL: "I was 24. I knew that music was something that I needed to explore once I received legitimate feedback that I had this "hidden talent". I am self-taught and did not play any instruments growing up, other than drumming on things with my hands as a youth (laughs). I could always keep pretty good timing and I always enjoyed singing along to the radio, but never thought that I would one day be involved in the industry on a professional level."


CAM: What are some of your most proudest accomplishment in your career?
GL: "Being recognized with awards has been an amazing achievement, but music has given me the greatest award by being able to help humanity on a larger scale, both sociologically and psychologically. I've been able to spend time learning and healing through an art that is intrinsically good for everyone."


CAM: What do you and/or your band have coming up (in the studio recording, touring, new CD coming out, etc.)?
"I am proud to announce my first release under Equus Records.  I couldn't be more excited and look forward to sharing the hard work that has been put into producing this material. I'm very grateful for the opportunity."