We had the good fortune of connecting with Lánre and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lánre, what role has risk played in your life or career?
On a big scale, I believe that taking risks is what pushes society forward. If our ancestors didn’t step out of their comfort zone to explore new lands or create new innovations, we wouldn’t have the society we have today. It takes courageous people to take risks and go against the grain of the ‘societal norms’ like Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, etc.
As a singer/songwriter, I take risks all the time with my music and my brand. In fact, my whole career choice is a risk. But it is 100% worth it to me, because I believe in my vision enough to go after it. I see the potential in how my music and work can change the world, and that gives me the courage to take more and more risks each time.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been singing and performing since I was 10. I went to a middle school for the performing arts where I was trained in classical music. So music has always been a huge part of my life. However, it wasn’t until 2020 that I made the connection between me as an artist and me as a person.
I wrote and recorded my debut EP during the lockdowns in 2020, and I didn’t realize it at the time, but my music creations turned into a sort of therapeutic experience. I was discovering things about myself that I didn’t know were there, I was feeling emotions I didn’t know I was capable of. In a way, the isolation from the outside world finally gave me the chance to connect with myself. It’s beautiful because it happened through something that I love which is music.
I’ve overcome a lot of challenging times in my life, including depression, alcoholism, abandonment, etc. and I don’t shy away from my past in my music. I lean into it, because it’s part of my story. It doesn’t define me however. I believe what defines me as a person and an artist is someone who wins despite the challenges life throws at him.
I can be very fiery when I’m passionate about something/someone because I’m a fighter. At the same time, I’m extremely sensitive and am so in tune with my emotions that I’m not afraid to express them. This is what really sets me apart from other artists, especially male singers, because I’m not concerned with looking ‘cool’ anymore. I am who I am, and who I am is really great, emotional in all.
I’m so proud of this journey of self-discovery that I’m on, and it makes it even better that music is the vehicle that’s taking me there. I’m ecstatic that I get to share this with the world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a friend that’s visiting Atlanta for the first time, I’d take them to Piedmont Park first. Piedmont Park has so many things to do from the dog park, art installations, festivals, and easy access to the Atlanta Beltline.
That leads to the next stop, the Beltline! I’d take them straight to Ponce City Market for lunch. There are so many food choices there, it’s impossible for someone not to enjoy themselves. Then, we’d check out the skatepark, get whisky slushies at Victory Sandwich Bar, and end the day with the best ice cream on the planet, Jeni’s Ice Cream.
The best thing about this itinerary is that they’d be able to experience every aspect of Atlanta in one day because of how long the Beltline stretches. We’d also get plenty of steps on our fitbits!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ve been blessed to have collaborated with some really talented people in my career so far. In particular, I want to give a shoutout to the producers and engineers that I work with: graymattr, Mileage, Keychange, Ryan, Mombru Music, just to name a few.
It’s sad, but the truth is that producers and engineers are often overlooked when you think of your favorite song or performer. When in reality they are 50% or more responsible for the final product aka the song you love. I’ve learned so much from my producers/engineers and have had some of the deepest conversations of my life with some of them. In one case, I made one of my very best friends in this process.
I’ve grown so much as an artist and person as a result of working with these people, and they undoubtedly deserve the biggest shoutout!