Ray Lanich Band


After he moved to Pittsburgh in summer 2011, singer-songwriter Ray Lanich felt like he had to start his music career again from scratch.  Luckily, a couple fraternity brothers had his back.


Dan Gibson and Steve Gramley, who were in Phi Mu Alpha with Lanich at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, began hanging out at Lanich's solo shows in Pittsburgh.


"They were my biggest supporters," Lanich said. "Every show, even if I was playing for the bartender, they were at the gig.


"One time, I was at the Smiling Moose on the South Side and they showed up. I said, 'Hey, you're coming to all the shows. How about I put you to work?'"


Before long, Gibson (sax, percussion, backup vocals) and Gramley (drums, vocals) were not just sitting in for a song or two; they were members of the Ray Lanich Band. Bassist Paul Tunis joined later.


Lanich said Gibson's saxophone gives the band extra punch and power.


"The sax adds a whole new dimension," he said. "My buddy Dan was always a great sax player, but he wasn't even playing when we first starting hanging out. His sax was literally in storage.


"I said, 'Dan, this can't be. You got to get that out again.' So, it's really cool he's gone from having it in storage to, hardly a year later, playing on the WDVE morning show."


Lanich's WDVE gig was with a kindred spirit. Host DJ Randy Bauman is an Erie native and fellow musician.


"That was a huge honor to be able to play his morning show, and that was massive exposure for us," Lanich said. His band has opened for Kip Winger and Reb Beach, and averages two to three shows per week.


Ray Lanich Band melds his love of blues-powered rock with the riff-heavy approach of '90s alternative rockers, such as Lit, Everclear and Stone Temple Pilots. STP was his first live concert at then-Tullio Arena in 1997.


"If you take '90s alternative and mix it with 1970s blues rock -- that's where I'm at," Lanich said.


The band does tear into covers -- Lit, Sublime, Aerosmith, even a funked-up medley of Queen, Commodores, Gap Band and Parliament-Funkadelic. He also highlights originals from his two CDs and newer songs such as "If You Can't Stand the Heat, Get Out of Texas," and heavy-rocking "Second Rate." Then there's "Lake Erie Blues," a staple.


"That song's about playing the clubs in Erie," Lanich said. "We've been playing that a lot, even in Pittsburgh. There are so many Erie transplants in Pittsburgh, usually one will holler out (a request)."


Lanich returns to his stomping grounds on Friday with a show at Sherlock's.


"I can't wait to play Sherlock's again, especially with the new band," he said. "This is going to be the start of coming to Erie a lot more often. I'm more situated now. I tell people in Pittsburgh all the time, I'm always partial to Erie, my hometown."

     Ray Lanich, a songwriter and musician originally from Erie and now living in Pittsburgh, will perform at several upcoming shows in Franklin.

     Lanich has been performing in the Franklin and Oil City region for the past three years, including shows at FoxTales Pub and Taylor’s Pub in Franklin and at The Oil City Indie Music Festival.

     Lanich’s upcoming shows in Franklin include:  9 p.m. to midnight Saturday  at FoxTales  8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

     Friday, Jan. 31at Taylor’s Pub (accompanied by Dan Gibson on saxophone, percussion and vocals)  8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

     Friday, Feb. 28 at Taylor’s Pub (accompanied by Dan Gibson on saxophone, percussion and vocals)  9 p.m. to midnight

     Saturday, March 22 atFoxTales Pub  8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

     Friday, April 11 at Taylor’s Pub (accompanied by Dan Gibson on saxophone, percussion and vocals)

Ray Lanich

At Least I'm Moving

The strengths of Lanich's new album: solid songwriting and an understanding of hooks. Lanich — who plays all the instruments on the release — records straight-ahead rock that often centers around themes of traveling and trying to find oneself. Lanich's vocals can be a bit pitchy here and there, and maybe some additional instrumental personnel could've helped add punch, but this isn't a bad release. The title track is the strongest one here. 

— Andy Mulkerin

First/Last-Ray Lanich

"Ray Lanich knew at an early age that music was his destiny.  He received his first guitar for his tenth birthday, and in less than four years, he was performing professionally.Currently, Ray Lanich lives outside of Pittsburgh, PA with his fiance and continues to write and perform his own music.  He acts as his own manager, booking agent, PR, and record label.  After singing "The National Anthem" at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center, Ray was asked what his goal was in the music industry.  Ray laughed and said, "I don't want to be famous - just known."    

Ray can be found at his official WebsiteFacebookTwitterReverbNation and YouTube. His band is playing Howler's tomorrow night with special guest Sarah Fina.

My thanks to Ray for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?

The first album I ever bought with my own money was Weezer's "Blue Album" when I was twelve years old.

Your last album bought?

"No Time for Later" by The Trews. A great Canadian rock band that I feel more people in the US should know about.
Favorite album of all time?
Even though I am not one to seek out punk/ska records, Sublime's self-titled, major label release is still an album in which I love every track.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?

My most disappointing album I ever bought was Aerosmith's "Done With Mirrors". When I was a kid, Aerosmith was a big reason I picked up the guitar and wanted to pursue music, but that record was not their best effort.
First concert attended?

The first concert I went to was when I was fourteen. I saw Stone Temple Pilots with Cheap Trick at Tullio Arena in Erie, PA.

Last concert?

The last concert I went to was CMA Festival in Nashville, TN.

Favorite concert ever?

My favorite concert experience has been anytime I've seen The Trews play live.

Least favorite concert?

I have to say my least favorite concert experience was when I saw Kansas. I am a big fan, and even though (musically) the band was great, they lacked any kind of stage presence and the lead singer's listless performance was a turn-off.

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?

I have come to really love Pittsburgh. Before I moved to the area, my main exposure to the city was mostly centered around Downtown. Living and performing here has opened me up to a whole new Pittsburgh I didn't even know existed. The city's pride and spirit is infectious. The vast number of talented musicians and competing bars and venues makes pursuing a lucrative music career challenging here, however Pittsburgh also offers so many great opportunities that I probably would have never had performing in and around Erie, PA. There is such a great musical history in this town, and I humbly hope one day to add a chapter to the book.

Thanks, Ray. I couldn't agree with you more about many Canadian bands not getting the love they should here in the States. The amazing, overlooked musicians that aren't known because they live in a neighboring country always dumbfounded me.

Music Review: Erie artist releases second album

Erie artist Ray Lanich is back with his second album, “At Least I’m Moving.” The opening track, named after the album kicks the album off on a high note. The introduction features a shredding electric guitar giving the song a high paced rock personality.
Lanich’s vocals keep with the up beat personality of the song, telling listeners that he is keeping his “eyes on the road ahead.” The fourth track on the album, “Dragonflies” slows things down a bit. The song starts with slow cymbal crashes and a catchy electric guitar riff. Lanich’s vocal range pairs well with the song’s theme of memory.
Following “Dragonflies” is “When I Wake in the Morning.” This song displays Lanich’s acoustic skill. I originally fell in love with this song after hearing it at Toby Hill Bar and Grill during one of Lanich’s performances. Hearing it on the album rekindled my love for it. It is a beautifully written song about not taking advantage of a relationship and appreciating that significant other.
“Sulfur, IN,” track six, brings back the hard-hitting rock by kicking off the song with a heavy rock pattern on the drum set and a down-and-dirty guitar riff. Lanich adds a bit of ‘80s-esque keyboard to the mix creating a different sound compared to other songs on “At Least I’m Moving.”
The album ends with “Gone in a Heartbeat.” This song sticks with the overall rock punch that Lanich delivers through most of the album. The track features a 35-second introduction with a rock conversation between the drums and guitar. The song builds to the end then fades out, creating a nice end to the album.
Overall, Lanich does not disappoint. If you’re into skillful guitar playing and alternative rock, give this album a listen. Lanich is set to play at Toby Hill Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. For more information on Lanich and to see where he is playing next visit www.facebook.com/lanichmusic.

Ray Lanich…The One Man Band

Ray Lanich is a one-man-kind-of-band these days.  Once belonging to a group, differences in the band left him to be a one-man-show.  Well, he doesn’t seem to mind. On Thursday night at Sherlock’s, he showcased his multi-musical talents on stage.

Armed with an acoustic guitar, a microphone, and his voice, he had all he needed to put on a show.  At first thought, I figured he’d play some songs, just hang around on stage, and perhaps just stand around as he sang.  Well, this is the first time that I was happy I was wrong.

With songs from Neil Young, David Bowie, Collective Soul, Everclear, and (a crowd favorite) Sublime, Ray had the attention of several patrons which sang along, which brought more people to the stage. He was belting out lyrics, jumping to the music, and let the music take him over. Not only a musician and a song writer, he’s quite the performer as well.

It seems that almost every show I go to see, someone yells out, “Free Bird!”  Of course, “Free Bird” is the infamous track from Lynyrd Skynyrd that everyone loves to hear live. Well, Thursday wasn’t any different, but only this time Ray played it…the whole song.  I have to say, I was going a little crazy listening to it and shouting out the words.  But covers are not what Ray is all about.

Ray has his own original songs. In-fact, he has his own album on iTunes.  He played a few tracks from that album called, “I’ll Play a Song for You”.  ”Screw Driver” and “My Jenny” are the two songs I remember most from the show.  Personally, I think “My Jenny” is a great ballad. The high note he hits in the song is awesome.  Be sure to check out “High School” on the album too.  With lyrics like, “High School sucks, (sucks!)”, how could you not like it?

With his show a few days before Independence Day, he even played the Star-Spangled Banner for the crowd. Pretty sure people sang it out, swayed back-and-fourth, and had their lighters in the air.

Be sure to check out his MySpace page to see when and where he plays next in the coming days. Don’t forget to check out iTunes and buy a few songs, in-fact, buy the entire album.  And last but not least, see the entire gallery from the show on GoErie.com by clicking here.

Stay tuned for the next show, because it might just be your gig that I’m at!

-Steve Puskar

One-Man-Band, Ray Lanich Live

By Jenna Croyle


Just like as in most cities, Erie has a never-ending talent pool of musicians who on a weekly basis entertain the masses through the creativity and love of music. Though there are many excellent unaccompanied acts throughout our area, it is very unusual to find a solo act that can give that full band feel while using only a guitar, one voice, and a power packed treasure chest of both popular covers and originals.


This week’s featured musician, Ray Lanich does all that and more, proving that you don’t need anything more than talent and a drive to share your music with the world.


Having received his first guitar as a young boy, Lanich quickly learned of his passion for music and entertaining. Being a graduate of Edinboro University where he studied classical guitar and music, Lanich has been touring and playing music for the people of Erie and beyond.


Lanich’s first solo EP, “I’ll Play a Song for You” was released in 2008 and has enjoyed such great success as to be for sale online at iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, and CDbaby,

while locally available at CD Warehouse and

Presque Isle Gallery Coffeehouse. Uniquely for a local artist, the EP is currently listed in Billboard’s registry of albums.


As the front man of both the Counter Pointe band and Ray Lanich’s Band, Lanich has turned a decade of professional music playing into a lifetime’s worth of talent and experience.


With Classic Rock covers and amazing emotionally driven originals such as “It Had to Come to This” and “My Jenny”, Lanich’s brand of music blends the best of the old along with the new for a seamless musical experience that gets you up dancing and wrenches your emotions, all in the span of what seems to be only a few minutes, while giving you an emotional journey of the soul.


With all the energy of a full band, Lanich performs covers of the 80’s and 90’s like “Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi and “Under the Bridge” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers that keeps his audience’s toes tapping and bodies swaying the entire night.


Lanich’s wild and wicked precise finger picking has a propulsive effect on everyone, uncontrollably luring them to the dance floor show after show.


Lanich’s supercharged shows are rich in rhythm and tonal color, his command of his instrument is evident, and his talent as a composer is hard to beat with originals, which are invariably marked by their expressiveness.


With a strong, ear-pleasing and powerful voice, smart lyrics and a truly impressive finger style, Lanich has it all, and brings it to every song. Few musicians in Erie can match Lanich’s wonderful gift for using his guitar to create such intricate rhythmic moods of expression, while energizing his audiences with masterfully performed covers of timeless classic songs.


Although he often sounds like two, three or even four very talented men, Lanich is a one-man-band that captivates his audiences with an energy level that starts out at full throttle and seems to grow through the night.


If you have not yet seen Ray Lanich’s high energy, pulse pounding live show or listened to his CD, please know, it is a must.


For more information on Ray Lanich or show dates please visit Facebook page or Myspace page.

Ray Lanich rocks Toby Hill

Ray Lanich plays some acoustic songs to a small crowd at Toby Hill Bar and Grill. (Justin Gmoser / The Clarion Call)

On Friday, Oct. 8, after a long day of promoting, plugging and playing at the WCUC radio station, Ray Lanich finally made his much anticipated Clarion debut at Toby Hill Bar.

A crowd made up of mostly people in their  twenties and thirties  stirred up the perfect mixture for 80’s and 90’s cover songs that the crowd would be familiar with. Also, Lanich played a wide variety of his new and old songs that people seemed to really enjoy as well. Lanich took the stage a little after nine-thirty and was not scheduled to leave the stage until after midnight.

The small stage in the restaurant side of the bar held a crowd of up to more than 50 people. The dim lights set the stage for the Erie solo rocker.

When the 28 year-old took the stage around 9:45 p.m., the crowd was bear with only a few stragglers coming in and out from the bar area to check out the music.

But nevertheless, Lanich kicked off the night with a classic cover song playing “Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi. With only a few people sitting, watching and listening, Lanich played the opening part of his set as if there were hundreds of people watching.

The set list played, mostly consisting of covers and some Lanich originals, Lanich’s foot was tapping to the beat, and his long pony tail was swaying back and forth to the rhythm of each song. After every song, the Clarion crowd was polite to respond with claps and cheers.  He was open for requests and even started friendly conversations with the crowd about where he is from and what he likes to play while also cracking a few jokes. It was easy to tell that this act was no fluke. Lanich has played at a countless number venues.

As the crowd grew larger throughout the night, Lanich’s energy level grew as each individual that walked into the room. More original songs and  cover songs were played to please the crowd and force them to stay and listen.

“Under the Bridge” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers was a crowd pleaser. Everybody knew what song it was, and everybody tapped their feet or sang along.

Lanich was able to mix both guitar parts and the bass part to compensate for the lack of band members. The song sounded excellent and was thoroughly impressive considering the only musician on stage was Ray Lanich himself.

As more people piled into the room, the crowd consisted of people sitting at tables having a drink, people sitting at the bar and people playing the arcade games like, ski-ball that ran alongside the walls of the room.

Lanich was not hesitant to play songs that he had written. A new song that he called “Two Planets” was a catchy, upbeat, sing-a-long type of song. The song sounded like something you would hear at a John Mayer show with a little nineties spunk to it. The crowd loved it.

Lanich also played some original hits like “Lil’ Girl,” “Screw Driver,” “Nothing on Me,” “My Jenny” and another new one called “High School.” Ray’s brother was also there with him handing out free discs to promote his music.

By 12:30, Lanich was done playing, and the show was over. Like any good bar musician, Lanich was sure to stick around, have a few drinks and mingle with the Toby Hill crowd.
Although, the crowd was not as big or successful as he may have wanted.

The show was a success from all involved, including the Toby Hill crew doing the lighting and microphone setting, the crowd of people who came to watch, and of course Lanich himself. If you want to see Ray Lanich play again, you can catch him on his current “College Town Tour”. A listing of the shows can be seen at www.myspace.com/RayLanich.

Erie musician to play in Clarion

Country-rock musician Ray Lanich of Erie is no beginner when it comes to performing in front of a live audience. The 28-year-old musician has been jamming on the guitar since he was 10, and has performed at venues all over the country.

Lanich will be playing live at Clarion University’s student-operated radio station WCUC-FM between noon and 3 p.m. Oct. 8. He also will be performing at Toby Hill Bar in Clarion later that evening.

“A live show isn’t just about nailing all the parts and playing good music.  You have to create ‘moments,’” Lanich said in an e-mail interview. “That’s what I always loved about the live shows I went to.”

“Maybe the lead singer jumped down into the crowd, or a band had the audience sing their entire song, or everyone was holding up their lighters – or cell phones now – to a monstrous power ballad.”

Lanich’s inspiration to write music started when he was young. He said there were two defining moments that really inspired him to pick up a guitar and perform.

One was seeing the movie “La Bamba,” in which main character Richie Valens went from rags to riches through being a performing artist, and the other was watching Aerosmith perform a rendition of the song “Dream On” on MTV’s Tenth Anniversary show. Steven Tyler and his crew were lowered on wires through the rafters to the stage. These specific memories have motivated Lanich.

Lanich said he has been influenced by different musical genres. When he was younger, he said he remembers listening to bands his mother use to enjoy like AC/DC and Alice Cooper.

In high school, it was nothing but heavy metal rockers like Metallica, Korn and Motley Crue. Then came the ’90s alternative music.  Performers like Sublime and Elvis Costello have also shaped the way Lanich writes his music.

Even via e-mail, Lanich comes across as a joking, free spirit and happy–go-lucky sort of guy. What does he like to do when he’s not performing? “I know it sounds sappy, but I love spending time with my girlfriend.”

“She has stayed by my side when most chicks would have bailed.  I also like traveling and chilling with my friends and family.  This past year I dropped 170 pounds, so now I enjoy doing cardio, yoga, and vegetarian and vegan cooking.“

This Friday will be the first time Lanich has ever performed in Clarion. The stop is a part of his “College Town Tour,” which includes shows in places like Edinboro, Indiana, Grove City, Pittsburgh, Erie, Toledo and New York City.

Lanich adds new shows every few weeks. Some of the crowds’ favorite songs are sing-a-longs like “Lil Girl” and “Nothing on Me.”

While performing in Erie, Lanich said audiences love to hear “3rd Street Apartment” because it references the beaches at nearby Presque Isle and Sherlock.

Fans can also check out Lanich’s new song, “High School,” which has some personal references and was updated to his MySpace this week.

Album Review: Lanich plays a song

October 14, 2010

Ray Lanich was the man of the hour last week when he visited the WCUC-FM radio station and sang for all of Clarion to hear.

His latest CD, “I’ll Play a Song for You,” brings guitar riffs, bass licks and musical genius to the listener’s ear.

His inspiration come from Aerosmith.  Lanich’s musicianship exemplifies this style of rock genre.

Lanich’s music is the type of CD you would grab if you were cruising down the highway on a casual day not having a single worry on your mind.

Along with his classic rock style, the song “My Jenny” shows a softer side of the album as the acoustic guitar is accompanied by soft percussion.

Lanich’s lyrics roll out of the speakers with graceful harmony enough to make any stressor melt away.

This CD also swings to sound like 1990’s alternative rock in the song “Lil’ Girl.”  Lanich’s song is comparable to Everclear’s “Santa Monica.”

With a jazzy tempo and lyrics to match, this song is impossible to not tap your toe to.

Lanich’s last track, “Is it me, or the Rock n’ Roll,” is a great grand finale for this inspirational album.  The rhythm is catchy and would be a great sing-a-long.  Some of his other tracks, including “High School,” can be found humerous making people remember their experiences back in their high school days.

Lanich is an independent musician who wishes to go on tour.  He wants to get his music out there, “I have a small voice in a huge sea.”  Lanich just wants to reach out and be heard.
His message to all his fans is, “Go out and make your own fame!”

Lanich’s new album is being released at the end of the month and can also be purchased on iTunes.

Ray Lanich is back out there playing solo and trying to make a living

Preview by Dave Richards
Staff writer

Like pop singer Jason Derulo, Ray Lanich is ridin' solo these days.


He's also just as OK with it as Derulo, though their situations differ. Lanich's breakup involved his band, not a girl. With acoustic guitar in hand, he's getting back out there, playing solo gigs just as he did before he started the Ray Lanich Band nearly two years ago.


"The band broke up in early July -- irreconcilable-differences kind of thing," said Lanich. "There's no grudges; we're all still cool. But as a band, it's just not going to work."


Lanich was anxious to showcase new songs from his forthcoming one-man-band CD, "At Least I'm Moving." Like his debut, 2008's "I'll Play a Song for You," he plays every instrument -- drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, and auxiliary percussion.


"It's all brand-new music, and I really want to get it out," Lanich said. "My other album came out two years ago so it was definitely time for a follow-up."


Lanich's melodically sturdy, ear-friendly sound is influenced by Tom Petty, Jason Mraz, and Counting Crows. He steers into a country/Southern-rock direction on several new tracks, such as "Country Convert."


"It's about my girlfriend and I. She's die-hard country, and I'm die-hard rock, and we were feuding in the car about the radio," Lanich said.


The song traces his growing appreciation for country. He says working at a construction job over the summer exposed him to stuff he grew to like.


"Jason Aldean is pretty cool. Brad Paisley is a sick guitar player," Lanich said. "I just like the more modern stuff that's more rock-edged. Luke Bryan's not bad."


When he plays live, Lanich still mixes in a few choice covers with his originals: Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive," Sublime's "Santeria," the Doobie Brothers' "Black Water," David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust," Everclear's "Santa Monica," Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Under the Bridge."


But writing and performing originals are his main focus, along with expanding his fan base. Lanich, 27, has booked his first New York City gig at Parkside Lounge in lower eastside Manhattan.


"I'm really excited about that one," he said. "I have a lot of friends from high school and college who moved to New York. Through the beauty of Facebook, I've been contacting them. So it should be a good crowd, I hope."


He's also in the midst of lining up a Pennsylvania college tour with dates in Lock Haven, Slippery Rock, State College, and Edinboro (Oct. 9 at Eclectic Etceteras).


With his music already available through iTunes, Amazon, and Rhapsody, plus a growing tour schedule, who needs a band? Heck, who needs a record label, for that matter?


"My goal now isn't so much to get signed anymore as it is to get out there enough to make a comfortable living for myself and a family," Lanich said. "Which is getting to be possible."

Up and coming rock artist

Erie native Ray Lanich will perform from 9-10 p.m. Nov. 4 for WIUP-FM Local Limelight.


The Edinboro alum has traveled all over the country performing songs from his first album titled "I'll Play a Song for You," which is available on iTunes and Rhapsody and performs some covers of ‘90s alternative rock.

                  For his performance on Local Limelight, however, Lanich will perform mainly songs from his original CD some songs from his upcoming CD titled "At Least I'm Moving," which is scheduled for release around as it is in the final stages of post-production.

                  The 28-year-old found his love of music as child growing up in Erie. He was really inspired to take music seriously when he saw the movie La Bamba starring Lou Diamond Phillips.

"I'm not Latino or anything, but he had a story [where he] came from nothing," Lanich said. "That's kind of my family. We really were a hard-working family. We really didn't have any money or anything like that. We didn't have money for guitars and all that kind of stuff."

                  Ever since I saw that movie I wanted to play guitar and write songs," Lanich said.

                  Because his family did not have a whole lot of money, Lanich did not receive his first guitar until he was 10.

                  Once he received his guitar, he then realized that performing in front of people was something he wanted to do for a living.

"I had a next door neighbor who was in band and I want to say he was a pretty big inspiration," Lanich said. "I actually cut my first recording with him when I was 11-years-old. I wrote some weird song and he had a full track recorded. He had a studio in his basement and we went down there. It was my first experience with all of that. "I think even at 11 [or] 12-years old, I wanted to have a band and go on tour and all of that crazy stuff. I guess I never grew out of it and I still want to that."

Music isn't the only talent that Lanich possess though. He graduated from Edinboro with a degree in music and has a teaching certificate in Pennsylvania and in Texas. When he is not touring, Lanich doubles as a substitute teacher in the Erie and Iroquois school districts from kindergarten through 12th grade teaching essentially anything the school needs him to teach. He even puts on performances for some of the classes.

Since he began touring, Lanich has performed in Pittsburgh, Toledo, Ohio and even New York City in different clubs and bars to just get his name out there and create some sort of a following. Recently he has been touring different college towns with the most recent being Clarion University.

Since Lanich isn't necessarily the biggest name out there, getting dates to perform can be a bit of a gamble. Between getting people to actually to return his phone calls for potential dates, actually making money from the dates he actually receives and selling CD's while he's there, there are a lot of different factors that play into one of his performances.

Some nights, Lanich could make upwards of $250 and sell almost 10 CD's and make a good amount of money from the expenses of making the trip. On other nights, he has only close to $10 and actually loses money by making a trip to another city to perform.

"There's no way I'm in it for the money because I don't make enough money," he added. "That's the goal though. It's not like I'm trying to be rich here or anything like that, but I'm just trying to make enough."

As of right now, Lanich has achieved a minor level of success where his musical talents could one day replace teaching as his main source of income, which is the main goal of Lanich.

"It's starting to take off," Lanich said. "The more I'm playing now, too. Hopefully, eventually its going to take over as my main income and then it will be the profession. It will be my full-time job. I'm still kind of in the beginning stages of doing that."

"I want to have enough of a name that wherever I play there's good crowds," he added. "I love playing clubs. I love the intimate setting. If I could pack a club with like 500 people, and everybody there is a diehard fan, that would be really cool. I would really like to have an underground following."