Lane 8 Talks Tech-Less Tour Plans, Shares New Song 'Divina': Exclusive Premiere

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It's true what they say in 2016: "Pics or it didn't happen." And Lane 8 is more than okay with that; he's counting on it.

The producer and DJ's latest tour aims for a media-less existence. He doesn't want your social tags or selfie shoutouts. He doesn't ask that you capture the moment, only that you get lost in it. He named the tour This Never Happened in the hopes that there will be no image or cyber trail with which to trace its magic, only the memories that exist in the minds of those who decided to come together in a flash of shared experience.

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Don't worry, he's not going to take away your phone, make you sign a contract, or slap you with some horrifying legal action if you happen to post as much as a Snapchat story. He's just asking that you take this leap with him into the music and forget about your phone and online presence for a while.

“My team and I were super anxious about whether we could pull an event like this off,” Lane 8 says in an email. “We debated so many different technologies and little tools that could help us accomplish our no-phones-on-the-dancefloor goal, but ultimately we decided that if the fans didn't buy into the concept and self-enforce the core values, no amount of technology would help us. We focused on getting the message out -- letting people know what our vision is and why we think it's so important.”

Lane 8's intent is simply to recapture the feeling he used to have before the constant connectedness took hold. Last spring, he took to Facebook to wax poetic about the old days when “people were united by a desire to experience electronic music in the purest sense,” when “nothing else mattered but the sheer power music had to bring people joy.”

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He was nervous and excited to launch This Never Happened in his hometown of San Francisco, “possibly the most tech-hip city in the US.” His team put tape over fan's phone cameras so as to suggest and remind them of the night's goal. And to their total surprise and delight, it worked.

“I've honestly never seen so many happy smiling faces at one of my shows,” he says. “There was actually the beginning of a community vibe happening that was super exciting for us. That show just reinforced even more what we believe in and that what we're doing is something that the music community actually wants and needs.”

This Never Happened will wind through the U.S. to leave hopefully not a trace of its existence on a 17-date tour from Sept. 14 through Dec. 17. Tickets go on sale Aug. 2 via this-never-happened.com and Lane 8 is marking the occasion with the release of a two-track EP to be released Monday, Aug. 1.

You can hear the second track, “Divina,” exclusively on Billboard Dance. Much as the tour is meant to do, “Divina” sweeps the listener off his or her ho-hum trajectory into total sonic bliss. Consider it your only preview of exciting things to come. A music is better than a foggy club pic, anyway.

Lane 8's This Never Happened Tour Dates
9/14: Boston, MA @ Bijou Nightclub & Lounge
9/16: Dallas, TX @Stereo Live Dallas
9/22: Houston, TX @ Stereo Live
9/23: Austin, TX @ Kingdom
9/24: Phoenix, AZ @ Monarch Theater
9/29: Orlando, FL @ Gilt
10/1: Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
11/3: Portland, OR @ Euphoria Nightclub
11/4: Seattle, WA @ Neumos
11/5: Vancouver, BC @ MIA
11/10: Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
11/11: Miami, FL @ 1306
11/12: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
11/19: Toronto, ON @ The Hoxton
12/8: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
12/10: Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
12/17: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall

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