Hey there! Please introduce yourself. Where do you currently live – and how is the music scene out there?
Hey hey! My name is Laney and I’m based in Brooklyn, NY.
The music scene over here is gritty, real and there are so many pockets of insanely talented musicians and artists of all kinds. It’s a chaotic and magical place to be. I love it.
At what age did you realize you wanted to be a musician? Which bands and artists were you, or are you currently influenced by? Have those influences changed much as you've gotten older?
There wasn’t really a specific age or defining moment I suddenly realized I wanted to pursue music, but music is something that has constantly resonated with me— specifically the act of singing is what ignited the passion. In elementary school I became so intrigued by manipulating the sound of my voice and I began jokingly impersonating Cher’s “Believe” and any Britney Spears song off the “…Baby One More Time” cassette. Nowadays my influences vary wildly. I’ve recently been listening to female alt-rock like Haim’s new album or music from Muna. I’m also into alternative r&b, ambient stuff, singer-songwriter, anything funky, and I’ll listen to whatever is playing on the radio.
What do you enjoy most about your artistry? I.E. Creating music, the process, the fame, the recognition, co-writing? Etc.
The entire process. From conceptualizing a song to writing it, recording it, playing it live and watching other people get into it. There’s not a better feeling in the world.
Who or what most inspires your song-writing?
Friends, family, past loves, coming-of age, my hometown, life growing up, traveling, New York City
Tell me a little about your new release. Is there a story behind the title?
My single, ’Getaway’ from the forthcoming ‘Getaway EP’ is about recognizing the beauty and spontaneity of a seemingly mundane reality.
The production, by Drew Ofthe Drew is a fusion of harmonies and soundscapes to give the track that lush end-of-summertime nostalgic feel.
What are your upcoming tour/performance plans?
I’m planning on performing along the East Coast, in Boston and in NYC with both full band and acoustic setups. I always announce new show bookings on my socials and keep my website up to date.
Which band or artists (living or dead) would you most like to perform with and why?
Whitney Houston. Because, Whitney Houston.
How much do you let critics affect your music? Do you find it hard to focus on the positive side of things, and if so – how do you keep yourself motivated to keep going?
Everyone is always going to have an opinion, good or bad- it used to bother me when people I looked up to would criticize my ideas or my voice but criticism doesn’t bother me anymore. If I like something, I like it! I don’t care if the sound, look, idea or whatever is trending or not.
How important do you feel social media is in your career? Do you enjoy it? Please expand upon your opinions, and what you’ve learned while making music in 2017.
Social media has definitely been proven to be important for emerging artists to reach new audiences. Luckily, I do like social media— it’s a fun way to share what’s going on in the day-to-day, celebrate the little wins in life and connect with others on a more personal level.
What else does the year have in store for you?
The release of the ‘Getaway EP’, a merchandising partnership, collaborations, co-writes and gigs on gigs. The rest of this year will be a busy, but rewarding one.
Finally, where would you like to see yourself five years from now and what's your ultimate ambition as an artist?
My ultimate ambition is to see some sort of “success” with my artistic endeavors…however, I haven’t quite defined what “success” means to me, yet.
I like the idea of making 5 year plans, but at this point I’ve realized how quickly plans can change at any moment. For now, I’m just riding the wave.
Please provide us with any/all social links where people can connect with you and your music:
INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/lynxstagrams // @Lynxstagrams
TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/Laney_Lynx // @Laney_Lynx