Q: Hey Landan! Can you tell us more about your background and the role it's played in shaping who you are today?
I grew up in a small town in Texas where there weren't many people with the same ambitions or dreams as I had. At times I felt discouraged and alone and I learned at a young age that getting into the situations or positions I am in now would have shaped me into who I am today. I didn’t let other people's dreams or visions stop me and I decided to keep pushing through all the rough patches. In middle school, there were people that didn’t believe in me but I learned quickly that I was going to do this for myself and not them simply because I wanted to make music that I loved and would inspire others.
Q: Tell us more about your career in music. How'd you get started?
My first release on all streaming platforms was in 2020 called “Quicksand”. I started writing my freshman year of "High School," simply because I didn’t know how to convey my thoughts or feelings, but the paper and pen understood me and it came out clearly.
Even before music, I was a songwriter and that's what taught me how to sing. I'm motivated to be a better songwriter because when I write my songs, I want people to know that it comes from the heart and I mean every word I say. It was the only way to get my feelings out there and across to others to understand me and accept me.
Q: What is a typical day in your life?
I am more of a morning person than a night owl.
A typical day in my life is to wake up and start every single day off with a Starbucks coffee.
After that, I get ready for the day since I officially have the energy. Then I film content, hang out with my roommates and friends, talk to my manager, write music spontaneously, and make sure all of my tasks are completed. I build vision boards to figure out what photoshoots I want to create for my next couple of songs. Overall, I just get everything prepared for the next day. (I am always a day ahead.)
Q: Is your music or creative process shaped by any major influences (musical or otherwise)?
I get my inspiration from other artists. I love Lorde’s songwriting; Troye Sivan's inspiration and boldness; and Gracie Abrahms for her style of music.
So yes, I gain from others, but I also don't lose focus of who I am as an artist because I want to make sure that I am authentically making my own music. I want to make music that will uplift people and not just be imitations of other artists.
Q: What are some of the struggles or challenges you face, or have faced, while breaking into the music industry?
When I first started music I was more afraid of what people thought and was scared I wouldn’t ever figure out who I am as an artist. It was one of the biggest challenges I have faced so far. I knew I was born to be an artist – but I didn’t know how long it would take to find my artistry, tone, sound, vibe, or setting of music.
However, with some people in place that have impacted me, shown me who I really am as an artist, and believed in me – I slowly saw those struggles fade away. At the end of the day, I had it in me but needed to believe in myself that it would actually come to life while loving my craft.
At the time of this article being published, "Sometimes" by Landan Ash has been atop The People's Playlist on Rhythm & Views for three consecutive weeks.
Listen to Landan's full interview on Rhythm & Views
Q: Tell us about your single, "Sometimes"
I wrote sometimes while I was in a relationship for 3 years but I wouldn’t let him know it was about him because there is no reason to shade him like that. It is honestly about not feeling enough or worthy enough to please someone. It’s about knowing that it wasn’t right but I kept fighting for it because I believed things would change and come full circle but it never happened and that’s okay! You live and you learn and also learn to know when real love is right or wrong and now moving forward with my life I know my worth and know when a real man is a “real man”
Q: What is that you hope your music communicates to listeners?
When people listen to my music I want them to know that there is hope and hear the words in my music and know that they're not alone no matter the good / the bad / the ugly and as an LGBTQIA+ artist that the world is not as scary as it seems. That you always have a friend. I want my music to feel like we have been friends for years and I am openly telling you a deep dark secret of versions of my life and with no judgment because I know when people hear my music or my story I know people have been through the same troubles or tribulations and I just want them to know they have a friend and a big hug from a stranger when listening to my music that brings them hope.
Q: If you weren't a musician, what would you be doing? What are you most passionate about?
I feel like for all artists that a life without music is so hard to imagine simply because it is my biggest passion but if it wasn't music I would still be involved with entertainment rather it be modeling/acting honestly anything that still puts me in the spotlight because who doesn’t love attention right?
Q: If you could collaborate with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be; and why?
I would like to collaborate with Lorde simply because if you just sit down and read her lyrics is so inspiring that you know it’s her song and it takes you somewhere personal each and every single time or Nicki Minaj because she gets everyone up and active and ready to shake some ass and know that your just that “Girl.
Q: What's next for your career? Are you working on any new projects?
I am currently in between wanting to drop a new song or doing a complete “EP” I have not done one and it’s been talked about with my management team and they have mentioned that the ball is in my court so I guess I have some thinking to do but leaning towards an “EP” so be prepared your not ready.