I was a really big *NSYNC fan when I was little, so “Bye Bye Bye” for sure, “Fergalicious” played a very prominent role in my childhood and “Decode” by Paramore as well. I have older siblings so I listened to anything they wanted, which usually was “Around The World” by Daft Punk and “Changes” by Tupac. As you can see, I had a very eclectic taste from very early on.
Music has been a constant factor in my life. Whether it was playing drums in bands or singing in school choirs, it’s been an outlet for me. When I realized I had potential to have a global reach and inspire people with my words, I knew that the lasting impact I wanted to leave in life was through my music. It was really a no-brainer.
A lot of people don’t know this, but I’m actually really into art. I love Basquiat and Warhol, among a long list of others. I would have to say that Barbara Kruger’s work inspires me a lot. She does a lot of reflective work on power, identity and gender. I think for me, her work is just a reminder to make relevant and impactful music and to stay aware!
That was a really cool opportunity. I was asked to shoot a promotional video with her for Samsung and after shooting, we went to Westlake Studios. We wrote a song together and then she presented me with the chance to open for her at the Shrine! We had a really cool day together and she really opened my eyes up to the industry and people within it. I feel like I definitely learned a lot from her and the experience as a whole.
Fleetwood Mac is my favorite band in the world, so to collaborate with Stevie Knicks or any of the members of the band would be a complete dream come true.
This is a tough one! Right now, I have to go with either Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” because it’s so well made and fierce. The confidence she carries herself with is absolutely ridiculous! Charli XCX’s “Boys” too because the song is super catchy and who doesn’t love cute boys dancing around?
I think being in LA and at USC has been incredibly beneficial to [my] career in music. I wouldn’t have met the people in my band had it not been for the USC industry/pop programs. The Shrine gig wouldn’t have been a possibility without the help of my friend from KXSC. College has served as a soundboard for testing new songs, showing ideas and has been a really collaborative space for me. I’ve been able to write and work with some really amazing people thanks to being at USC and with LA being the entertainment capital of the world, I’ve found my worlds overlapping all the time. In fact, Bram Inscore, one of the producers on my upcoming single is a USC alumnus!
all this R&B on @KXSC! https://t.co/rFhG0rcr5B. got some Khalid going right now… stay tuned.
— Lani Renaldo (@lanirenaldo) September 1, 2017
Haha! Only one? Well, I’d probably go with “Controversy” by Prince.
Thank you! I think it all depends on the project and what I’m inspired by at the time. When I wrote that song, I was listening to a lot of Motown music. Of course, then, they didn’t have the technology we have now. At my core, I love guitars and huge bands, but for this upcoming EP, I decided to embrace pop and electronic music in a way that was authentic to me and my evolving sound!