We had the good fortune of connecting with Lana Blue and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lana, what do you attribute your success to?
Having genuine relationships/friendship is the most important factor behind all my success. Whether they share industry advice, invest in me financially, share my music, or offer a couch to crash when I’m in town… I have lots of friends and creative partners who help me. And they are willing to do that, because I most likely support them back in some way. Essentially, I’ve built a network of people who all want to see each other succeed.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When I first pursued my music career, I was approached by A&R offering development deals with their labels. While working there I had a music manager who gave me a strict agenda. During my time working under him, I lost my sense of independence. I became reliant on his assistance when it came to scheduling and representation to get my connections. Today, I am the opposite. I love being spontaneous, embracing my new artistic skills and making my own future.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In New York City, I would bring my friends to West Village, Manhattan. To see my favorite tattoo shops, smoke shops and thrift stores. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy the best cafes, bakeries, and picnic in the park. Then I’’d take them to Cornelia Street where I’d show them the apartment Taylor Swift used to rent.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate this to everyone in the LGBT community who have supported me without fail since I came out of the closet. It is the most accepting, supportive and positive community that I’m a part of. It’s because of the LGBT community that I feel brave enough to speak freely on my ability to love someone – regardless of gender. I know that if I make music about it, there are people who will relate and care what I’m talking about.
Skyler Fitzmaurice Mayrani Ramirez