Therapy Sessions w/Liana Bank$

Exclusive editorial & interview with New York City Native, singer-songwriter, Liana bank$. 

Team Credits: Artist: Liana Bank$ – @lianabanks, Photography by: Jesus Baez – @baez_photo, Styling & Creative Direction by Janet Igah – @jijanestyle, Styling Assistant Mikara Reid – @moremikara, Hair & Makeup by Ochanya Ogwuche –

Therapy Sessions

Singer-songwriter Liana Bank$ gets deep with our Editor-in-Chief Janet ‘Jane’ Igah as we dig in about her creative process. Liana’s  Sophomore project Apt 210 is set to be released in the coming months and we are loving the vibes. With newly released single Bad Manners, Liana’s sensual sound and eclectic beats makes for an amazing rainy-day-in reflection. Listen to Liana’s take on what influences her creativity and what life lessons she has overcome that has brought her to new depths personally and with her music. Check out our exclusive editorial with Liana Bank$.


JANE: So Liana, how does your background affect your work?


LIANA: Greatly. I pretty much draw inspiration from everything that’s true to me. So everything that I’ve gone through – my background is involved [in] everything that I do. From growing up in New York City and the hustle in New York City, the grit and grime of it to the glossier things that I deal with. The people in my life, the foods, the culture, everything I see, I kind of soak it up and put it in my music. I like it to be as real as possible.


JANE: When you say people in your life, has anyone in particular has inspired any of the songs for apt 210? Like any one significant?


LIANA: Yeah, actually, I have a song in here where I’m addressing my Father. He wasn’t in my life growing up and I haven’t ever written a song, so I’m  tapping into that this time around and it’s a really emotional song.


JANE: So how do you feel music is influenced by our culture or vice versa if you feel culture is influenced by music? How do you feel that intertwines?


LIANA: I think its a little bit of both, honestly for me at least, anyway. I’ll be inspired like coming from Queens, a place thats super diverse and has every ethnicity you can think of. I’m influenced by everything I see, I hear , every food I eat. Especially the different ways people interact with each other and the different religions. The other day I ran into a guy , I had an interview with him for an apartment and he was an Orthodox Jew and I didn’t know they didn’t shake hands (with women) – and I got offended by it at first but my broker said that’s something they do and I looked into it later and I’m like  oh ok, now I have a better understanding about it, and I kind of wrote a song about it. I think the two influence each other ; as people see different cultures like right now Afro beat is killin’ and a lot of people are getting influence from that and they are bringing it into POP and R & B. Its like a dope mesh of culture.


JANE: Liana, what is the single most important outcome of a project when your creating? Like what do you want people to take away from it?


LIANA: I think with this project it was really important for me to connect more with people, like let them into my vulnerability. Usually, I am like a strong person, very strong woman. I’m always projecting strength, like I’ll seldom project the vulnerability that led to the strength. I think that’s what I’m opening up to show people: I’m human too,  I’m not just a boss bitch. I have those moments too. I think I want to share that. 

JANE: And why do you think that’s important to share?


LIANA: Because it’s impossible to walk around with a shell on, 100% of the time in a healthy way. You can do that but you have to allow yourself to heal. You have to allow yourself to feel – to acknowledge pain and don’t soak on it. But you have to acknowledge it. That’s important, I think, a lot of women now a days, especially black women, are made to feel we have to be big bad and bold 24/7 and we have to be super strong 24/7 and we’re not allowed to feel. So this time around, telling girls its ok. You can feel, you can do whatever. Just don’t soak on it, don’t let it define you.

JANE: So the DOE is really about the art about your process. I want you to tell us what are some of the depths you need to go through in order to stay in a constant mode – innovate, creative mode.

LIANA: For me its a very interesting process because I have so many different  ideas in my head like all going ideas. I have a different process. Like for choreography for my shows, I usually listen to the music, turn off all the lights and literally draw shapes of what the music is making me feel. And then I base my movement off of the shapes that I drew. Like visuals on my Instagram, every post is a process. Me going back to a certain feeling and me being like: ok how do I want to portray this? Everything is thought out and true to what I’m feeling in that moment . Its very important for me to go to those depths and bring that into my creative process and make it something thats unique in particular to me as opposed to some stock shit that everyone else does, I’m not into that!


JANE: What kind of shapes were you getting for apt 210?

LIANA: A lot of harsh angles honestly. Things that I just wanted to – nothing was to fluid. Everything was hard to deal with. Something that could break me down. I kind of based everything off of that and broke down with those shapes.

Liana Banks for The Doe Online |  © All Rights Reserved. Originally published on April 6th, 2018 | Archives

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