To Be Discovered: Pandit

Pandit is a 23 year-old from Lumberton, TX named Lance Smith. He learned to play music from his mom when he was six, starting with the piano and expanding to the guitar shortly after. After being in a few short-lived bands, he decided that going solo would be the best decision.

23-year-old musician Pandit grew up listening to The Beach Boys among others.

He grew up listening to The Beach Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Motown, Jim Reeves, Elton John, Elvis, and Buddy Holly. As he got older, he was introduced to bands such as Bright Eyes and Arcade Fire. His current biggest influences are The Beach Boys, Atlas Sound and Deerhunter, Beach House, Caribou, Radiohead, Neil Young, and Jimmie Spheeris.

Lance chose Pandit for his stage name because that was his great-grandfathers name, who was from India and was a close friend of Gandhi. Lance appreciates the fact that his great-grandfather lived life with no regrets and that he was at peace with life. He played folk music for a few years but eventually decided to branch out and continues to evolve musically.

His latest music has an ambient, yet full of life feel. His instruments of choice are an old Fender Telecaster an 1976 Ovation Viper electric, two Martin acoustic guitars, a Korg R3, a Microkorg, Korg, a MS2000, a Roland D-50, a LinnDrum, a Roland TR-707, an Omnichord Autoharp, and a few others he has collected throughout the years. As Pandit, Lance writes all his own music and is inspired by the outdoors and the people and relationships in his life.

There is a creek near his home that he likes to visit for inspiration. When other artists release new tracks, he feels motivated to work harder. Lance has recently collaborated on a song with Darren Williams, also known as Star Slinger.
The song will be available on his upcoming debut album with Lefse Records. Also available on that album will be collaborations with Warren Hildebrand of Foxes in Fiction and Rachel Levy of Kiss Kiss Fantastic. He would really love to collaborate with Bradford Cox from Atlas Sound/Deerhunter because they have similar, yet different styles. He’d also like to someday work with Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Neil Young.

Lance’s debut, full length record will be released in January 2011 on Lefse Records. He plans for it to consist of 13 tracks. Until then, his self-released EP is available at http://www.last.fm/music/Pandit for free.

-Makenzie

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