Michael Bane: Innovator of Hip Hop and iSchool Alum

Tallahassee native, Michael Bane, earned his Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology at FSU’s iSchool back in 2010 . Since then, he has used both his knowledge in technology and passion in music in his every day life. He now lives in Nashville, TN, working as a Systems Support Engineer for LifeWay Christian Resources.

“I work in the Support and Infrastructure Solutions department within the IT division at LifeWay Christian Resources. We support the various technologies required by the business to provide Biblical Solutions for Life.”

Bane’s devotion to religion has also influenced his musical career. In fact, this non-conforming artist is using hip hop to spread a message that is nontraditional to the genre.

“Once Jesus saved me, it was inevitable that my music would reflect the changes that were occurring in my heart and in my life. It was inevitable that my music would change as well.”

Bane’s original take on hip hop music is innovative and faith-filled. His music and videos can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube, and more. You can check out his website here.

If you’d like to learn more about this artist/engineer, continue reading our Q&A with Michael. 

How did your education prepare you for your career?

My education at FSU, specifically the College of Communication and Information, laid the foundation upon which my career is being built. The professors and leadership I had while in school continue to support and invest in my growth to this day. Additionally, the core principles I learned in CCI have been a solid cornerstone for me in the ever-changing information technology landscape.

Where do you look for inspiration?

Personally, my own shortcomings and failures serve as inspirations. I’m also inspired by stories about people whose persistence allowed them to overcome failures, adversities and hardships.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Extend to others the grace that has been given to you.

Who do you admire and why?

German professor and theologian, Martin Luther. I admire him for many reasons, not the least of which is his sheer determination to remain true to what he believed. That same determination and loyalty would lead to a martyr’s death; But his unrelenting leadership spawned the Protestant Reformation.

How has working in your industry changed the way you look at the world?

The year I started at FSU, 2007, was the same year the original iPhone was released; Being engulfed in the IT industry since that time, both as a student and professional, has undoubtedly equipped me to better understand and adapt to the technological world in which we currently live.

What is your favorite office snack?


What jeopardy category could you clear, no problem?

Sports History

Share a notable (funny, embarrassing, exciting) experience you’ve had at work.

While at FSU, I actually made a music video for an FSU-themed anthem I wrote. The exposure of that song and video has followed me to both of my jobs since college and created many notable experiences. From being played on projectors and loud speakers during company meetings, to performing for hundreds of fellow IT professionals on stages ranging from Des Moines, IA to Nashville, TN, I take FSU with me everywhere I go!

What’s the best account to follow on social media? 


How do you handle a work-life balance?

I don’t view work as something to be balanced with life, as if they’re two separate entities. I see work an aspect of life, as something to be mixed with life, similar to people and experiences. I view my job as calling and an opportunity to impact lives in a positive and eternal way.

What advice would you give yourself in college?

Take full advantage of the wealth of information available to you and turn it into knowledge.

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