Twitter is a great platform for discovering new artists and for communicating with up and coming artists from all over the world. Lani Renaldo is a young, up and coming artist from Los Angeles in California. Lani has her own, rather unique style that pools a wide range of musical interests and influences from the likes of John Mayer, the Alabama Shakes and Nirvana. That kind of diverse influence fits in well with Lani’s personality as she is not just talented but multi-talented. A singer song-writer, Lani can play the guitar and the piano as well as showcase her journalist skills with the Huffington Post, Popwarpped and Dim Mak. Theatre and musical theatre also have a place in her heart but ultimately music is the one thing Lani will always return to. The perfect reason for pursuing something as a career.
I was lucky enough to sit down and ask Lani a few questions about her music.
Where would you say your musical influence comes from?
It really varies. I grew up listening to a lot of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston thanks to my mom, jazz standards thanks to my dad, and my sister got me into grunge. My music taste is completely eclectic, so I pull from a ton of different genres to ultimately come up with one that represents me best at that moment.
Would you describe your music along those same lines? How would you describe your style?
I always say alternative. At the core, my music is very much rock, but there are also elements of pop and as of late, more rhythm and blues.
What’s your favourite genre of music?
I interned at Dim Mak records and I would say I have a huge love for electronic music – specifically jersey club and house. But then again, I’m also a huge fan of pop, rock, and alternative. Love roots rock.
How do you write your songs? What’s the creative process that you go through?
Every song is different. It really varies, sometimes music first, other days lyric first. lately far I’ve been really digging coming up with chord progressions and building the song from there. Occasionally a phrase or word will spark a song. It really just depends.
You’ve released “The Elevator Song” as your newest single. What’s the story behind that? What inspired you to write it?
It’s actually funny you ask. I came home from winter break last year and I was in the elevator of my building when a guy came in – and I really thought about how funny those small moments are – you know, those quick and unexpected moments of being in an elevator and forming a tiny crush on a person you didn’t know. I went back to my bedroom and wrote the song in 30 minutes.
Why did you decide to record a cover of Charlie Puth’s cover of “How Deep is Your Love?”
I’ve been a Charlie Puth fan for years (I know that’s very hipster to say, but I’ve been following his career for awhile). I saw the cover on my Facebook timeline one day and gave it a listen – anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE the original version of that song. Charlie did a great job of giving it funk flair. I passed it onto my band and they dug it. It’s been a crowd favourite ever since!
If you had to pick anyone in the world to do a collaboration with, who would it be?
I would love to work with Ed Sheeran or MNEK, but John Mayer would be the biggest. If it wasn’t for him, I don’t know if I would have started writing songs. I listened to Room for Squares and everything finally clicked for me. He is amazing.
There are no plans to record an album at the moment but there will be an EP released at some point in 2016 as well as more material across her social media platforms and more live shows too. The next five years will be interesting for Lani as she hopes to be very active in both the music world and the business and creative areas involving music, going on tour and showing the world her talent as a singer-songwriter and a musician. In 10 years time she’d love to be winning a Grammy!
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