SHERIDAN — Lane Terzieff is back in Sheridan, and now, he’s “Lancifer,” a pop, dance and hip-hop musician with a full-length album to cut loose. Terzieff chose to launch the album March 1 from the place where he spent his adolescence and still considers to be his home.
Terzieff moved to Sheridan with his parents, Lucinda and Terry, when he was 12 years old. He attended public school in Sheridan until his junior year of high school, when he chose to bypass his senior year and get a GED certificate. He then moved to Nashville, Tenn. to follow his dream of becoming a professional musician. Today, Terzieff lives in Los Angeles, but comes back once or twice a year to see old friends and play for his home crowd.
“I still consider this home,” he said, explaining why he still frequents Sheridan even though his parents, who operated Lucinda’s Artisan Gallery on Main Street for approximately seven years, moved to Washington last year. “All my good friends are here — all the people I really know and count on and work with.”
In addition to having a slew of present contacts, Terzieff said he is anchored in Sheridan because this is where his “growing up” happened.
“It was funny growing up here. It was kind of easy to get in trouble for stuff that wasn’t really wrong,” he said, remembering that he had been stopped multiple times for skateboarding in the wrong place or being in a park late at night. “For the most part, Sheridan was really good to me and that’s why I still come back here.”
Even so, Terzieff said that in 2009, he knew it was time to move on.
“I enjoyed high school , but it was the kind of thing where maybe there wasn’t enough going on as far as what I was trying to pursue there at the time so I just needed to go out to a major city and work,” he explained, indicating that when he left for Nashville, he had $60 in his backpack and no plan.
While he might not have had a lot of the details of his takeoff into the world nailed down, Terzieff said he was instilled with faith and bravery.
“When people asks me how my parents feel, I always say they’re crazy hippies,” he laughed. “They had done some of the same things themselves.”
Terzieff said his parents had always raised him to have an appreciation for music, to take chances and experience different things.
“They knew I could handle myself, but they were definitely probably decently worried at times, too,” he said. “I would say I learned a heck of a lot more than I would have in college just being out in the world and experiencing it and spending time with all different kinds of people and traveling.”
“It was kind of a risky move, but it all worked out,” he added. “It was a lot of couch surfing, living with a lot of random people off of CraigsList — doing what I had to do to push through and survive until things got better.”
At one point, Terzieff lived in a garage, and other times, he was invited to crash in a dormitory at Belmont University until staff there realized he wasn’t a student and he was told to leave.
“The funny part about all of it is now Belmont is having him play a show in Nashville,” said Flood Marketing Operations Executive Josh Law, a longtime friend and marketing agent for Lancifer.
Terzieff moved from place to place and played in a few bands before later deciding to move to L.A., and his perseverance eventually paid off in that he released a few singles and completed an international tour funded by the fan base he had built in his locales and online. The launch of Lancifer’s 17-track album will spark another tour, both in the U.S. and overseas.
“A lot of it had to do with my Christian faith and believing God had a plan for me and I felt like that’s what I had to do, so I went forward,” Terzieff said.
“When I was young, living in Nashville, I never thought I’d get to this point,” he admitted. “This has been my best year yet. I played in front of thousands of people around the world, done MTV, stuff like that,” he said, referring to his appearance on a game show and recently an official endorsement from Red Vines licorice.
Lancifer has multiple music videos accessible from YouTube. One titled “It’s Chill” has logged more than 900,000 views. Another, “Like Woah!” was produced by Warner Brothers, and in it, he raps wearing an oversized King Ropes hat sideways with a flat brim.
“I defiantly consider myself successful now, but there’s a long way to go because I am doing mainstream pop music and I’m going for the Justin Bieber, Katy Perry market — having my song on the radio constantly, selling out arenas around the world, all that good stuff,” he said.
Lancifer’s pilot album was produced independently. He said that while he had conversations with some labels, nothing seemed right for now, and he appreciates the creative freedom he’s afforded when he’s in charge of his own image. For example, “One Night To Live” is largely a pop album, but has a country song on it as well.
“The music business is in a funny place,” he said, indicating that online music downloads aren’t as profitable for musicians as hard copy albums once were. “I’m open to and pursuing a major record label, but at the same time, I’m doing a lot just on my own until it’s a really good deal. I probably will just stay independent for a while.”
Lancifer will perform Friday at the Best Western Sheridan Center starting at 7 p.m. Videographers are planned to be at the performance to gather material for a future music video themed on the end of the world, and asks attendees to “dress as crazy as possible.”
Lancifer will be in Sheridan for a few weeks after the show spending time with friends before he heads to Orlando, Fla. to begin another tour.