Q & A With Lane Steel From Worldwide Panic

Based out of Los Angeles, Worldwide Panic is a hard rock/heavy metal band that started out in 2016 with the aim of writing heavy, catchy music and personal, meaningful lyrics. In a world mired with social and political controversies, Worldwide Panic offers a more relatable take on everyday life and overcoming the trials and tribulations the common man faces.


XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?

Lane: Hey Whats up guys! Thanks for allowing me to do this interview with you all.  Well we got a lot of stuff going on.  Mainly putting out a new single and music video and going on tour for a month with two titans of heavy rock, Flaw and Smile Empty Soul!  We are all really stoked with our product and can not wait to play it in front of the crowds on this tour.


XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?

Lane: This line up has been around since May or June but the project and the songs have been in the works since 2016.


XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?

Lane: Ya know I am not one for “Cookie Cutter” bands or bands that “Play it safe” but watering down their music to fit into certain molds.  I see a lot of bands that are so generic and almost as if they “Copy and Paste” their hooks from other bands.  What happened to bands that in the first 10-15 seconds you know that’s them.  You hear two seconds of Kiss, Metallica or Slipknot and you know right away who it is.  I wanna be like those guys.  I wanna do something that is so outside the normal that just makes Worldwide Panic stand out and that you just can’t help but sing along to.


XS ROCK: What is your music background?

Lane: I started Piano at a young age, Then I was a child Comedian / Actor and then I learned I could yell really loud in a microphone while music was playing so I have been doing that for a while and it seems to be working out alright.


XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?

Lane: There is no “one message” in this band.  In a sea of mediocrity we stand out.  Sometimes like a sore thumb lol.  We wanna connect with people on a deep personal level.  Yeah sure some songs we have are just good ol’ fun but most of them we try to relate with people.  We don’t look at people who listen to our music as “Fans” we look at them as “Friends we may or not have met yet”.   Our aspiration is to be that band you come home to after a bad day and crank it all the way up and just let all that pent up frustration out to.. Music saved my life.. More than once.. If I can give somebody else that comfort then I feel I have achieved my purpose in life.


XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?

Lane: WORLD DOMINATION! C’mon man?!  The band is called, Worldwide Panic! What do you think our goals are to play Weddings and Bar Mitzvahs?  We came here to be a beacon of hope for the future of music and breathe new life into Heavy Rock n Roll!


XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?

Lane: I think its an amorphous of them all.  I think it’s a huge rush when your in a writing sesh or in a studio and you turn to your band mates and say “Man I can’t wait to play this live”!  I am a producer and song writer so a great deal of my time is spent behind a computer with a guitar, bass and mic.  As much fun as that may be things can get tedious with re writes etc etc.  But nothing beats the rush of playing live.  I am kind of a weird guy to some and the world often misconstrues me, so on stage it is very freeing as I can be myself.


XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about?

Lane: Man how much time ya got buddy?  You know there are all about one common theme, real life experiences.  I spent a long time in Metal bands that were about being “Brutal” and writing about “Dark shit” and ya know something that’s not real.  You do not go through life being “fuck this and fuck that ARGGGH METAL” like when your at your interview or some shit you don’t get on the dudes desk and just start headbanging and death growling out of no where do you?  To me being in heavier Metal bands took more energy to be fake and dark or whatever.  When I choose to do Worldwide Panic I wanted to make something different but catchy, simple and melodic.  I got to be honest with all the technical proficiency it took to play extreme music I had to re teach myself how to play guitar, sing and structure a song to a simpler format and I got to say there are tons of super shredder guitarist and tons of extreme vocalist and drummers that can blast beat at 250 bpm but how many of those people can write a song that has potential to be a hit or be catchy?  In my experience it’s a very small percentage.


XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?

Lane: Not to sound like a dick but the answer is, myself.  I have zero ego and my self esteem is most of the time not very high but I know that if I want to make a positive impact in someone’s life I have to be at my best when I am on stage or in the studio.  I need to put whatever bullshit I have in my head aside and go on stage and be the best I can be every time. Not to sound self-righteous.


XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?

Lane: We play a road gig somewhere in northern California.  We got to the venue to find there was no PA.  The locals wanted a band to play really bad.  They scrambled to find us a PA.  They brought us a Bass amp and were like “can you use this?” we are like no sorry. The guy who was helping us was this guy who was 400 lbs and played in a band that had “Meth” in its titled and he was sweating so I think it was more than a play on words lol.   Finally around midnight and 3 attempts of bringing us random pieces of gear, they finally got a shitty PA and we played.  Throughout the night there was this girl who was stuck to us like glue.  She had an eye patch on one eye, it was more like a bandage and was discolored and if I had still been using drugs I most likely would have been interested.  At one point my drummer and I were having a discussion trying to get her away from us and she just grabbed his cock and he just went with it and him and we continued our convo as if this was not happening.  At the end of the night she yelled  “Someone take me home!”  Like 5 dudes ran out of these dark corners of this seemingly empty parking lot and fought for a while until she got into a shitty van and the van sped off into the night.  I would say that is one of the more tame road stories…….



Q & A With Lane Steel From Worldwide PanicXS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?

Lane: Nope not getting doped into that one. Nice try!




XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?

Lane: You know its simple they love me, they care about me, they know that I am talented.  Do they wish I went in the family business and had a stable live with a wife and kids and a 401k plan? I am sure. They are absolutely amazing and have been there during some serious dark periods in my life to turn it around to where I lead a good productive life in and out of music, which I know, makes them proud.


XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?

Lane: Be careful.  There are plenty of vultures out there who will feed off your hopes and dreams. Never give up and never let anyone or anything define the person who you know you are.


XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?

Lane: “Wake Up With An Attitude” is just fucking fun as fuck! “Party” is the new single and is dope as shit! But gotta be %100 we do a version of Alanis Morissette “You Outta Know” in heavy rock that is a total different version than the 90’s classic, but its totally unique in every way mainly by the way I produced my vocals and the way I programmed the samples.


XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?

Lane: Shit I have no fucken clue!!! I was really motivated by Devin Townsend in Strapping Young Lad.  He was completely fearless and hilarious and his vocals and stage persona is and was unmatched by all.


XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?





Five Finger Death Punch


Whatever is the band that draws the biggest so we can convert their fans to WP fans basically 😉



XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?

Lane: This interview! I mean the fact that I am still alive after the crazy shit that I have been through whatever I am currently doing in music at this current moment is my biggest accomplishment.  I hope I never hit a peak.  Then I will spend the rest of my life trying to get back there.  I hope it’s a stable and steady ascendance onto more and more great musical memories.



XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?

Lane: Fish Business Import / Export that’s the family business 3 generations strong what exactly means Fish import / Export? I have no clue and I hope I never have to lol!

My cousin helped manage Slayer for 10 years and now has children and is no longer in the music industry, my other cousin works in museums, the only other male cousin works in the medical field and I yell into a microphone as a profession.  So I think my old man and uncle are bummed as they would have liked to see their legacy continue but I don’t think that will happen.  But who knows if this music thing for me doesn’t pan out……….


XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?

Lane: I use Rhythm and Melody and send them through cables with electricity that make the noise louder! I play a Thunderbird 4 string and then I have a custom 5 string that Legator guitars have given me to road test for them on this current run with Flaw and Smile Empty Soul that rules! I love that bass! I play 1 gauge, Diamond style, Steve Clayton picks.  I have Shure in ear monitors and a Shure Beta 58 vocal mic.  Do I sound nerdy enough????  I don’t really give a fuck.  Talent is not transpired from gear I could play a kick ass show with a Toy’s R Us mic and still have a great time.   I am not a gear nut.



XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?

Lane: Everything is what you make it.  Perception is the only truth.  If you are a dismal bum out of a mother fucker than your response most likely will be “Bro nothing good came out for the last umpteen years, now excuse me as I go in my mom’s basement and write shitty comments on you tube to all these new bands. Mom! I told you I am busy! Just slide the food under the door”.  If you’re the kind of person who likes WP then you most likely show up to shows early, buy merch, get in pits, and live kick ass lives fueled by kick ass music!

To answer your question what do I think?

Lane: I think IT FUCKING RULES! Heavy music is at all time peak!


XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?

Lane: I take baths while watching cheesy reality shows, My favs are Vanderpump Rules and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.. Not a joke! Real talk that’s my shit.



XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?

Lane: I don’t have fans. I have friends some of whom I know and some who I haven’t met in person yet! But if I don’t know you come out to a date on this current tour run and lets change that! But hey if dig WP I love you more than you know and I am so humbled that our music made an impact on your life.  If you don’t and you’re a hater got we got 3 words for you….

Fuck You Anyway!


XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!

Lane: Catch us on the road with Flaw and Smile Empty Soul:


Fri, Sept 14 – Fresno, CA – Full Circle Brewing
Mon, Sep 17 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater (No FLAW)
Tue, Sep 18 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Thu, Sep 20 – Jerome, ID – Diamondz
Fri, Sep 21 – Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joes
Sat, Sep 22 – Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
Sun, Sep 23 – Denver, CO – Herman’s Hideaway
Tue, Sep 25 – Minot, ND – O’riginal Bar
Thu, Sep 27 – Eau Claire, WI – The Playhouse
Fri, Sep 28 – Woodstock, IL – Offsides
Sat, Sep 29 – Ft Wayne, IN – Piere’s
Mon, Oct 1 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Wed, Oct 3 – Sturgis, MI – Nikki’s
Thu, Oct 4 – Akron, OH – Empire Concert Club
Fri, Oct 5 – Harrison, OH – Blue Note
Sat, Oct 6 – Chesterfield, MI – Diesel
Sun, Oct 7 – Bloomington, IL – Nightshop




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