We had the good fortune of connecting with Lana Love and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lana, how do you think about risk?

Risk taking: how do you think about risk, what role has taking risks played in your life/career?

risk (noun): a situation involving exposure to danger. -google

Let’s talk about risk. I’d like to step into this conversation through the back door—google says it might be dangerous, but I really can’t talk about “Risk” without “Fear” slamming into me on the way in. These two have become abnormally close friends in my recent experience—partners-in-crime if you will —and I must say it’s really quite irritating that they’ve befriended each other more so than their host. In fact, I don’t think they care at all that I’m suffering at their expense. It seems as though they laugh at my every fall and short-coming. I can hear them now “OHP. She skinned her knee again. We really shouldn’t have put that sharp, shiny rock there—her ADHD is in full-force today. Muahaha.” There they go cackling away at my misery, and I’m left bruised and bewildered as to why I took the leap in the first place. Why did I do it? Why did I endanger my own facility just to be ridiculed and mocked? Before Risk and Fear teamed up against me I was doing just fine: I got my coffee from Kobi at La Colombe every morning with a vegan pastry by 8, worked up a mean sweat at the gym by 10, DM’d everyone and their mom by 11, meditated and expanded the planet one more iota by 12; then into a series of hair-pulling-teeth-grinding Zoom calls writing songs about “love” that seem to have no real purpose other than to catch me flushing the toilet and posting it on the internet by 5…I’ll spare you the rest, but you get the point. Look, Ground Hog’s Day isn’t my thing. Either I do something different, or my days will be numbered by hourly mundane tasks that scrape to move the needle along. This vicious cycle must cease! I have a brave heart and I choose FREEDOM! (LEAP!) (POW EMOJI!)

Ugh.

On the floor again. How could I allow this tiny, shiny rock to spoke my wheel of life?

Welp, from this angle I see two choices: 1. I stay down. 2. I get up…(sigh) I guess I don’t really have a choice because my knee is bleeding and I start to get hungry around 6. Perhaps if I make fear my friend, she’ll feed me.

All food quips aside, Risk and I really need to have a heart-to-heart without Fear present.. but it’s hard to separate them. They truly are two peas-in-a-pod. Ba-dum-ch.

Enough babble. Back to the Q. What role has risk played in your life/career?

In short, Risk plays the role of necessity — sometimes evil with a maniacal laugh, but necessary none-the-less if you want change. Change is scary, but the fear of staying the same inspired me to risk everything for music, love, and the pursuit of happiness.

As a person who knows Risk like a bffl, I can promise you this: You will get hurt along the way. You will fall down, skin your knee, and flounder about in the dark abyss of confusion—BUT— the only way out is through. And, It’s way better than becoming one of those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

As for Fear, we became friends. We’re not close or anything, but we feed each other. What’s a little blood on the floor and a late dinner when you could change yourself and the world? Signing off from Babylon and walking through the door. I’ll meet you out front. – LL

 

Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges?

I just released my first single “American Love” available everywhere. Be on the lookout for 2 more singles, “Ego Go” and “Loaded Gun” to come. My self-titled EP drops October 1 – pretty darn exciting.

Was it easy? Hell no. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’ve never had children before, but I can only imagine releasing this music baby is more painful than giving birth…and I’ve had kidney stones before. After 3 plus years in the womb through different genres, producers, and traumas, I’ve developed some serious medical issues — including, but not limited to, psychosis, insomnia, manic depression, and a throat lump. I even had a brief encounter with Sr. Dark Knight of the Soul. He was hardly impressed with my life’s work and my existence as a human in general, but I told him to call Debbie and move downtown because I’m going HOME. Yes, home. To the only home I know: Music.

What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way.

TRUST YOUR GUT. If it isn’t a hell yes, then it’s a hell no. In the beginning, I didn’t know I’d be making a way for myself and the next generation of young artists to forge their own path in a broken industry. I learned to discern, set boundaries, be fearless in my pursuit of happiness, stop people-pleasing and communicate my needs effectively, accept generosity, make my own fun, let my ego go, hold on to the ones I love, love them as hard as I can, and let them go when I need to. Forgiveness does not mean a free ride. I became the person I needed most. No one has the answers. No one has it figured out. In the end, all I can do is all I can do—there’s peace in knowing.

What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?

This EP is about so much more than making music. It’s about who I had to become to make it – love.  It’s about taking off the baseball cap and putting on the crown — standing sovereign in my name. Authentic and autonomous. I named myself Lana Love because love was the one thing I knew nothing about. The songs are lessons. Each one explores a different concept of an internal battle I have won. At our core we are all just Love looking for a place to happen. I think that’s what the world needs more of right now.  Still and always learning.

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?
The credit belongs my team and the community of people who are building the bridge for the next generation to cross. We are all in this together. #teamlove

Shout out to all my fellow powerhouse women and special thanks to badass Maria Brito who taught me how to marry Business and Art — a key concept every artist needs to succeed.

…and also, Teddy.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

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Image Credits
Photographer: Ashley Osborne / @ashleyosborne

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