A Day in the Life: Social Distancing with Michael Lanza


COVID definitely made 2020 an interesting year. Having no choice but to be inside every day really changed my mindset and daily routine. I spent a lot of time writing songs and learning more about the technical side of music production. A lot of great material came from me just sitting down for hours and hours every single day, studying my favorite producers and trying to figure stuff out on my own.

I made a lot of original music during that time but I think the most eventful thing I started doing was TikTok. I started uploading videos of me playing covers of popular songs on the violin and people really enjoyed them. In a couple months I had over 100K followers and many of those people have become fans of my original music. 

It was the perfect way to find out exactly who my fans were and what type of music they wanted to hear. I think one of the biggest hurdles of being an artist is searching for your fans, and I didn’t expect to find them accidentally through TikTok. If the pandemic never happened I don’t think I’d be where I am today. Even though times were tough, it opened the door to a lot of unique opportunities.

It was also a good time to take some time for myself. I read a lot of books and watched a couple TV shows I’d normally never have the time for. My favorite book from that time was Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark and my favorite TV show was Stranger Things. 

I also took advantage of all the time at home to take care of my health. I went for a run every morning and walks in the evening and even with things slowly going back to normal I still do it every day. Looking back, it’s all kind of a blur but I know I made good use of the time and didn’t let the circumstances stall my progress.

While practicing social distancing, watch my latest music video for "Friend":