Discuss your personality.

I am honestly a laid back kind of guy. I really enjoy spending time reflecting on my life and decisions I have made. I am also an ambivert, there are times where I’m super outgoing and times where I can be closed off and quiet. But I can easily adapt to situations and environments.

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Brief us about you as a musician.

I like to think of myself as a musician/artist that can do many things, a musician that is very versatile. As an artist we have the right to express ourselves in many ways and I use music to express specific moods or events I go through on a day to day basis. For example one day I might be feeling jazzy/ groovy and the next day I might be making an inspirational record.

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Go into details on what have changed in your life for choosing music as a career.

As a child I dreamt of becoming a homicide detective and all those things until I fell in love with music and poetry. I have decided to put my time and attention to getting better, and continuing to make good music. Music has helped me overcome the darkest of times and I believe something with that type of power to heal should be shared with everyone. Music has also helped me to grow as an individual and allowed me to have a platform to express myself artistically.

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Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.

 I only see positive things about music. I think it’s more than just music for me; it’s more like medicine. So as I grow as an artist I know that the benefits will continue to bless me. I don’t look at it as a burden. I’m still growing, and working hard to get a stronger fan case. And if you begin viewing the negatives of what you do then you just don’t want it bad enough.

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Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.

 I strongly believe that fame is just a reward for working hard. I am not the type of guy to glorify fame in any way. I just love what I do and being able to become “famous” would just tell me that I am doing the right thing and making the right steps towards my goal of making music and inspiring the lives of others.

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Elaborate on the story line of this song.

This song was written after I came out of a really dark point in my life. I was struggling emotionally, and financially. I had a lot going on in my life, so this record marks my transition from overcoming that dark past. It allowed me to become more confident in myself. This song is about staying true to who you are, because I know I got what it takes to be big. And there are going to be a lot of people in this world and in this industry that are going to try to shut me down.  But this song is about refusing and avoiding bad energy. I also share some personal information about my family and what I have gone through growing up but I literally let my heart spill.

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Tell us means of connecting you and purchasing your music online.

I am currently on SoundCloud. This record ‘Black Glass” will be on other music platforms including Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, YouTube music and many more. But very soon I will be releasing more music soon. I go by the name of “Lanoo”.

Instagram

lanoogotten

Twitter

LGWantsBetter

SoundCloud

Lanoo

Facebook

Lanoo Gottem or Delano McFarlane.

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Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.

The highlight of my music career so far has been having the opportunity to reach some people with my music. I take pride that people can listen to my songs and see my potential. They see how genuine I am in my songs, and that my songs come out of passion for what I love.

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Tell us the highest amount of money you have ever received from your music career and how it happened.

I actually have not received any money for my music yet. I am still growing as an artist and still working on building a stronger fan base, so once that comes I will be able to make some stronger strides with my music.

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Discuss your experience pertaining live performances, gigs, shows and tours.

I have performed at small venues such as open mics and at colleges. But I have not started touring yet. But I do have that as a goal for the future.

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Tell us how you relate with your fans.

I honestly be myself. I am not interested in posing as someone I am not. So I connect and relate to my fans by speaking about my life and being myself and most importantly having fun with it. And exercising my creative freedom through my music.

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Tell us what you will like to change if you have the chance to turn back the hands of time.

There isn’t anything that I would change. Everything happens for a reason and those events have only made me stronger.

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Tell us the most important people that have boosted your music career and how you met them.

I haven’t met any famous musical artists yet face to face but I reached out to Token the rapper and he gave me some pretty useful advice about how to overcome negativity. Besides that I have not met any other artists but there are artists that I look up to in a sense. Such as Eminem, Logic, Joe Budden, King Los, Cyhi The Prynce, Nas, Fabolous, and many more there’s a long list.

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Brief us on what you have in mind before considering music as a career.

Well actually before I fell in love with music, I wanted to become a homicide detective. When I was a child I loved the idea of being a cop, mostly because their priority is to protect and serve and I loved the idea of having the power of protecting people. I also thought about becoming an FBI agent, or homeland security.

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Discuss your good and bad experiences in life.

Well, there were a lot of good experiences like being extremely blessed with a really supportive mother who has helped me get through high school and put me in college. There were also struggles of growing up poor, and how that has influenced my life as well. There has always been financial struggles although we figure out a way to get by semi-comfortably.

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Name the artists that have influenced the world.

There are many artists who have changed the world, especially the music world in my opinion. Like Jay Z, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Eminem, Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, Nas, Damian Marley, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and the list just goes on.

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Tell us about your moment of rejections as a musician and how you were able to cope and move on.

Every time I release a song, I am pretty sure that there are a few people who don’t like my music, or are not a fan of that specific song. Everyone has their own tastes in what they think is good music. I honestly try not to focus on the rejection, and focus more on getting better. Building my skill set is extremely important and you always have to maintain a positive attitude. And just have some faith. There is going to be a herd of people out there that like what you can bring to the table.

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Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received about your music.

 I think the most negative comment I have ever read was what this guy said. He said that my music “just doesn’t stand out for me” or something of the equivalent. I’m not exactly sure what he meant because I write my music to speak to the people. But I don’t spend too much time thinking about negative comments. Sometimes I don’t even read them.

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Tell us how to become a famous artist.

I believe that creativity has now become an integral part of making it as an artist. Now if I had all the answers I would have been famous already. But I also believe that work ethic and creating good quality music is equally as important. But you must also stay consistent! You should be able to pinpoint your growth in every record that you make. You have to be able to connect with the people in some way, shape or form because the fans or the listeners are the most important part about music.

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Tell us how you plan to make an impact on the society.

I mentioned before that I wanted to be a cop mostly because I loved the idea of helping and keeping people safe. I just loved the idea of protecting people. Now I have transitioned that energy and positivity to my music. And I want to have fun with my fans; I want to heal them with good genuine music. I want to change the lives of the future generations. I feel that as musicians you have the power to be able to influence many lives. It’s not just about becoming the president of the United States or becoming a doctor. Many of these kids begin to listen to music at a very young age. Now it is your duty as a musician to be able to speak to them and teach them things about life. I plan on being a role model not just in music but in everyday life as well.

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Elaborate on the recording process of this song.

Being a local Boston artist, this record was recorded at a local Boston recording studio in Roxbury, Massachusetts. “Black Glass” is a song written from my heart. It took me a couple weeks to write because of the things that I was going through in my personal life. But I am glad that it all came together.

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