While at Forecastle, I had the chance to interview up and coming LA-based band ‘LANY’.
LANY (an acronym for Los Angeles New York) formed back in 2014. After releasing three separate EPs between 2015 and 2016, the band has finally released their self titled debut album. Since its release on June 30th, the album has gotten to number 5 on iTunes. The band has been turning heads this summer, and will continue to do so.
We had a chance to sit down with them for a few minutes and discuss certain topics ranging from musical influence, to the band’s future, to tour life.
Michael Cottone: Who would you guys say are your biggest musical influences at the moment?
Jake & Paul: John Mayer, Bon Iver, & Frank Ocean I would say are our biggest influences.
MC: Curious then, do you prefer Channel Orange or Blonde?
Paul: I’m going to go with Blonde, but it usually depends on the day.
MC: Any particular reason why?
Paul: I feel like every time I listen to the album I discover different moments that I didn’t previously recognize.
Jake: I’d have to go with Blonde as well, because of the song “White Ferrari.”
MC: So what would you guys say is the ultimate message you want to send through your music?
Paul: Well I think right now we’re just trying to get people to understand that we’re for the world, that we’re not just some band from Los Angeles. We talk a lot about love, and it’s ups and downs in our music. We are for the world, and are here to inspire.
MC: What’s something that many people may not know about you guys, that they should know?
Jake: Well two things right off the bat, our merch and social media is done by Paul, and all of our music is engineered by Les here.
MC: You guys have been touring quite a bit and continue to add more dates for the upcoming months, how is life on tour?
Paul: It’s tough, man. There are definitely certain systems you can put in place to make life more enjoyable and richer while on the road. We also don’t have millions of dollars to facilitate everything quite yet. But ultimately, it’s an honor. It’s such a privilege to be able to go on tour, I mean, if your music’s not good, then you can’t tour. So it’s awesome that we get to go out there on tour and play, and see our fans out there.
MC: Has there been a certain artist or band that you’ve enjoyed touring with in particular?
Paul: We actually did seven nights with John Mayer at one point, and I think that we can all agree that that was our favorite.
MC: Do you guys have a particular moment in concert, goofy or memorable, that stands out to you?
Jake: We played at Hangout Fest, and it was pouring down rain, it was the windiest show ever. Paul was just barefoot just sliding and skiing down the stage. We thought all of our gear was going to fly off the stage, so they had to be taped down in order for them to stay put. It was wild.
MC: Where do you see the band in 5 years?
Paul: Hopefully one of the biggest bands in the world. That’s what I’d like.
Jake: Hopefully we’ll be able to headline these kind of things (referring to the festival).
It was a great opportunity to get to know LANY, and it’s clear that their ambitions are going to take the group into nothing but great places in the future. They were humble, chill, and went with the flow. You can stream their self titled debut album below.