Hi I’m Lani, a freelance pop singer-songwriter from Birmingham, I specialise in top-line writing for commercial works, such as for other artists, sync and other forms of digital media. Although, I’m open to all kind of other projects!
I'm available as a songwriter specialising in the Pop/Ballad genre. You can listen to my songwriting portfolio and latest artist releases to see more of what I do.
I'm also available as a session vocalist for all genres, with a speciality in Pop Ballads and EDM toplines.
Prices start at $100 but will vary depending on the project. I aim for as quick a turn around as possible usually 3-5 days
Royalty splits and buyouts can be discussed prior to acceptance of the project and split sheets can be provided for extra clarity.
Once the project has begun I will send you an MP3 for your approval at which point you can ask for any revisions, I offer two free revisions per project.
Once you're happy I will send over all the stems both wet and dry :)
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
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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: My EP Parables. It was my first EP as an artist in which I was the vocalist and songwriter. Myself and my producer recorded it from my home studio during lockdown and I'm super proud of how it turned out. It is the most honest representation of myself not just as an artist but as a person.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently working towards my next single as an artist, so stay tuned for that :)
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: not yet as I'm still very new to this :)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, because it helps speed up my workflow.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will always be clear and upfront, communication is key for everyone to be happy.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It's what I love to do, I love working with other musicians as it helps to keep challenging me.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What are your rates? I usually tell them it's dependant on the project and how much is being asked of me, but usually my rates range between $50 - $100.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I'm just a singer and have no knowledge of production and release strategy.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What exactly do you need? is it just vocals or vocals and lyrics? Whats the deadline for the project? and will the project be affiliated with myself as an artist, for example as a featured artist?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be super clear, helps me to know what you expect of me so I can do the best job possible. It also means theres less back and forth with revisions so turn around time is much quicker :)
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Takamine electro-acoustic guitar, My Lewitt mic, scarlett interface, my laptop and a charger.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been a songwriter since aged around 12, I have been to performing arts school and am currently finishing up my degree in songwriting at BIMM Institute Birmingham. I have been a singer/songwriter as long as I can remember, although I have only been working professionally for around a year.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Indie-Pop meets piano ballad.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Doja Cat, because I think she's incredibly strong lyrically as well as being a fun and creative person.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Take breaks, your ears can get overwhelmed if you're listening to the same thing on repeat. I like to take a break and listen to some of my favourite artists.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My own artist stuff is a mixture between Indie-pop and the classic piano ballad. However I'm always up for different kinds of projects to keep challenging myself.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My powerhouse vocals.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring very powerful vocals yet keep my attention to dynamic range, I am also a prolific lyricist, my lyrics can range from being very wordy and complex to simple and heartfelt. I feel my main strength is storytelling through my lyrics and vocal delivery.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually start with a bottom line, I begin crafting chords and harmony as well as a basic arrangement to guide the direction of the track. I always listen to other artists in order to keep myself creative and inspired. I then move on to melody, usually I'll begin by riffing and improvising to see what register the song feels best in. After this I'll begin to start thinking about lyrical ideas and themes, I then begin to bring the lyrics and melodies together to flesh out the topline.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a fairly standard bedroom studio setup. I use a Lewitt LCT 440 condenser mic to record all my vocals. I recorded and produced my entire EP from my home studio which I believe had a great sound, despite it being a bedroom recording.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by an artist called BANKS, I think her melodies are unique as well as her overall sound. I'm also inspired by vocalists like Adele and Ariana Grande and their powerhouse vocals.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do is toplines for producers. Sometimes I'm writing and performing the topline melody, sometimes I'm just the vocalist or writer -depends on the project :)