Track of the Week

LANI – Drank That Night

25th January 2021


Infusing old school ballads with new school pop, “Drank the Night’ is the beautiful and heartfelt new release from BIMM Institute Birmingham’s LANI. Take a listen and discover more about the track below.

What was your inspiration when you began writing the track?

The inspiration behind writing the track was actually an experience I had as a kid. My dad lost a close friend when I was around seven-years-old and it was my first time seeing my dad and his friends be upset.

They had a small wake for their friend round our house and held a toast to him. It was my first confrontation with mortality, but I also saw how strong their friendship had been. I then wrote the song years later at just age 14 about the experience, and how it affected my dad. I then properly recorded the song during the first lockdown so it’s something that I’ve had in the works for a long time.

Are there any artists that inspire you when writing?

Some artists that inspire me when writing are Pink and Plan B. I’m inspired by their ability to tell stories that are difficult to tell.

What is key to your sound and how do you make your music stand out?

The key to my sound I would say is my hooks. I lean heavily on having anthemic choruses that I want people to be able to sing back. I make my music stand out by infusing classic pop chords and structures with a modern pop influence in the rest of the arrangement.

How does your songwriting process work?

My songwriting process is always pretty organic. Some of my best songs have been born out of me just sitting down at my piano and venting. I’ll lay down my chords then essentially write a poem that I then marry up with a melody. My focus is always on lyrics and storytelling.

Describe your sound in 3 words…

I would describe my sound as Spirited, Anthemic, and Euphoric.

How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?

Studying at BIMM is what made me realise I wanted to even BE an artist. I always felt I wasn’t good enough as a performer and only had confidence in my writing skills. BIMM has made me realise I didn’t have to choose between the two; I just had to be myself and that was good enough.

What’s next for you?

What’s next for me is a lot more releases. I have some big stuff to announce this year, which has been in the works for a while. I’m of course aiming to get gigging again when possible and get playing my songs live again.

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