Aloha! My name is Lani and I'm a singer~songwriter, award~winning poet (former Poet Laureate of Queens, NY), ukulele & guitar player, and hula dancer living on the Big Island of Hawaii. Happy to add lovely, soulful, sweet vocals & soothing reggae, island, Hawaiian, ska sounds to your songs. Hire me & let's make beautiful music! Aloha <3
Offerings: *vocals * backing vocals * songwriting * tribal beats * session ukulele * session guitar * dance (hula)
Services: * I can add lovely backing vocals to your song. I love hip hop, soul, r&b, acoustic, reggae, ska, dub, eco & ecstatic dance music, so can add vocals for any of those styles.
* I can write lyrics for you ~ I was the first woman Poet Laureate of Queens, NY and have won many literary awards for my poetry & my work is taught around the country under my pen name (Ishle Yi Park) in Asian American literature classes. * I can add beautiful ukulele rhythms, riffs, and melodies to your song to make it more island, soothing, sexy & reggae~sounding. Same with guitar, been playing since I was a wee lass, haha. ;) ve traveled around the world and have really been moved by tribal, indigenous & world beats & have been blessed to perform with native Zulu drummers, so my beats are really inspired by natural percussive instruments and the sounds of Africa & Asia & the Hawaiian islands. * If you want, I can dance * film it for inclusion in your music video (but only if I really resonate with the song ~ it has to really move me to dance, haha, so this is on a case~by~case basis).
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Interview with Lani
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I created a library for these Zulu kids in the Valley of 1000 Hills at Indigo Skate Camp in Kwazulu~natal, where I was giving free guitar lessons in an acacia tree by their skate ramps. These kids were so amazing & brilliant ~ they could fly in the sky like birds! But there were no books in any of the houses I visited, and I found out it is because they are expensive and hard to get, so I went around to local bookstores and libraries in the town of Durban and collected over 150 books and brought them up to the neighborhood kids. They each got 3-4 each and me & this other Element artist (we were both sponsored by Element skateboards) created a "Lending Library" with handmade stickers in each of the books. It was awesome and seeing the smiles on all the kids' faces was priceless, a true gift. <3
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My next album ~ reggae <3 If you make reggae beats, feel free to get in touch with me at email@example.com!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog. "She's a coconut girl in a high~fashion world"
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: my ukulele * my guitar * my shaker * my babies * my kalimba
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been blessed to be a singer and a poet for the past 20 years, performing at over 500 venues across the United States and around the world. I have a strong & loyal Asian American following who has helped me make a living as an Asian American singer by featuring me at their colleges & universities as a performer, workshop facilitator, and keynote speaker.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: natural mystic dreamy romantic Island soothing homegrown roots reggae
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Beyonce, JLo, Alicia Keys, Chloe Flower, Sade, Rihanna, Shakira, Mos Def (Yasiin Bey), Ben Harper, Bob Dylan, Jack Johnson, Hirie, Landon McNamara, Nahko, Buckman Coe, KA LA, Taiyo Na, Willow Smith, Khumsa, Sean Lennon, India Arie, Goapele, Sarah McLaughlin, Bjork, Sigur Ros, and Fiona Apple because I love their music & their songs have moved me deeply in my life. <3
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't overwork a song ~ let it breathe ~ let it be natural. There are many ways to make a song ~ what tells you whether it works is how it affects the listener. Each song has its listener. <3
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: acoustic island reggae, Hawaiian, and ska music. ukulele & guitar
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am a mystic poet at heart & this reflects in my creations
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: magic, music, harmony, beauty, love
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I work all night when I am in creation mode, often til dawn & lose track of time & space when a song has me in her flow <3
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a simple studio setup in my red, green & gold octagon in the jungle, nearest to the newest land being created on earth by our fire goddess, Pele. Macbook, mic, some acoustic & wooden instruments from all over the world.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Prince, D'angelo, Lauryn Hill, Bob Marley, Jack Johnson, Landon McNamara, Erykah Badu, Ben Harper, Marvin Gaye, Sade, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, John Lennon, Cree Summer, Princess Nokia, Sashamon, Carla Bruni, Bjork
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I can create the backing track for your hip hop or acoustic song. I can also write lyrics, provide sweet, soul~full female vocals, island ukulele sounds, acoustic guitar melodies, and be a dancer in a video.