20 Questions with Leo Law

 

You’ll never want to miss a beat with this brilliant singer from London - up and coming singer Leo Law took us on a journey with him through his music and visually stimulating music videos. Definitely something you’re gonna put on repeat during your commute everyday — you know it’s our jam! Full interview in Dear Boy 05 SENSES.

 
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Hello Leo, how are you doing?
I’m good! I’ve just put out a song and a music video Let Your Guard Down recently and that’s kinda the first thing that I’ve put out in quite a long time. I’ve spent the past few years writing loads, getting loads of materials down so I’ve got this whole back catalogue of stuff that I’m just getting ready to release.

That’s exciting! Tell us more about your music releases, do you have anything new coming up soon?
The one before Let Your Guard Down was Brothers & Sisters, which is on Spotify. That was maybe May or June 2017? I had three songs out so far and there’s been at least a year between each one. I’ve got the next single called Buried that’s coming out and I’ve got a lot of things I want to gradually release this year so I’m excited!

And if you aren’t busy working on your music, what would you be doing in the day?
I mean it sounds really lame, but I really just like going on walks. Theresa May said the same thing once. [laughs] Someone asked her in an interview what she likes to do in her spare time, she was like, “I like going on walks.” But I do, I just like being in nature. I’m also obsessed with dogs and being around dogs.

Have you got a dog yourself?
My dad do so I go and see my little Molly whenever I can! She’s my pride and joy. She’s so cute! Yeah, literally I’m obsessed with dogs!

 
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What would you say is your underlying theme of this upcoming album?

I’d say there’s a couple of general themes of my music. The songs are all based around the subject of love and heartbreak. Buried is the most open to interpretation because that song is about addiction but it’s not necessarily about substance addiction. People can be addicted to a person so it’s very much written from a number of different perspective. I’d say this EP as a whole is like generic themes of love and heartbreak but my perspective on that.

What is your creative writing process like and what’s your favourite part of it?
It’s different every time but I would say the part that I spend the most time on are lyrics — they are really important to me.

Do you start with lyrics or music?
It starts different every time. There’s always one specific thing that inspires the rest of the song. It could just be like a melody that I’ve come up with while walk- ing down the street, it could be a little set of lyrics, could be a chord progression. Also I’ve got a couple of collaborators and sometimes we write things based o that production. So the inspiration comes from different place every time I’d say.

Is storytelling through the music video important to you?
I think it can really add something to the whole song, like the song itself is one thing and you can interpret however you want. But I think visuals always enhance the atmosphere and the mood of the song so much, so I think it is really important. It’s not essential but it can really affect your experience of the music.

We’ve seen your music video for Buried, about what inspired the concept?
I mean the Let Your Guard Down video was quite serious and I think with this video, we wanted to have a lot more fun. Like the song itself, the lyrics are pretty dark and the start of the song is very mellow and moody. But the second half of the song is definitely more upbeat so we kind of wanted it to portray that bit of fun in the song. There are some campy elements and some fun references in it that I really enjoyed.
 

 
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Shirt RIVER ISLAND | Jacket LIANNE TROWBRIDGE

 

What do you think about diversity, in terms of sexuality and race in the music industry?
Representation in the mainstream music industry is still... Well, I think it’s hard as a white man to comment on race and diversity but you can always stand to see people of all different shapes and colours and whatever in mainstream music industry. I think that is really positive for everyone to see. And in terms of sexuality, there are very few mainstream LGBTQ performers.

I think there’s been progress, but it’s been very slow. I do sometimes feel like LGBTQ artists are watered down versions in mainstream media a lot of the time, but y’know there’s exceptions to that. There are so many amazing talented LGBTQ, people of colour artists that I follow who don’t get the recognition that they deserve and I think that kind of says it all. Like there’s a lot more diverse people that do something so much more interesting and engaging than mainstream artists and it’s sad that they don’t get the recognition they deserve.

Were you inspired by any musicians while creating this album and developing your sound?
Yeah, I’ve got such a long list of influences and inspirations. There are different things by different people that I’m inspired by but I’d say if I were to pick three... Bjork, Sade, Fleetwood Mac and mash them all together. I think that’s really what I’m inspired by and maybe we’ll chuck in a bit of Amy Winehouse as well because how could you not love Amy Winehouse!

 
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Let’s do some quick fires, ready for it? One word that you would describe your music as?
Moody.

Guilty pleasure?
Ariana Grande [laughs]

Go to karaoke song?

JoJo - Leave (Get Out) or Toni Braxton - Un-Break My Heart

Who would you want to see live?
Prince

One advice you’re constantly reminding yourself of?
Don’t be so hard on yourself!

Where would you like to go on a holiday?
Japan

 
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L: Outfit RIVER ISLAND | shoes JOHN WHITE

 

Favourite smell?
I love the smell of roast dinner cooking!

What is one thing you would like to hear on repeat everyday?
I’m more like a mountain and forests kind of person. I would love like wind in the trees and stuffs, birds chirping that kinda thing.

One tv show that you’re watching right now?
My favourite this year has been The Handmaid’s Tale.

When can we expect to hear more from you?
Throughout this year, I really plan on having a steady schedule of releases. There’s so many things backed up!

Can’t wait, we’re all excited for this!
Me neither! [laughs]

Read the full exclusive interview with Leo Law in Dear Boy 05 SENSES

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