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Music Interviews : Leon Marshall

  1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?

I’m Leon Marshall, solo singer/songwriter, I write, sing and play the guitar.


2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?

I started playing guitar from a young age (not that you can tell from my skill level today!) and I started gigging at local open mic nights and folk clubs when I was about 16. I stopped playing for a few years to study Art and Sculpture and then picked the guitar back up a few years later and haven’t put it down again! I’ve been regularly writing and gigging since!


3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?

I’ve got a kind of Country-Pop sort of feel to my music, I’ve been described as Dr Hook meets Jamie Lawson and I’m ok with that!


4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?

I don’t often spend a lot of time writing with others, although when I have done, I’ve really enjoyed it, enjoyed hearing other people’s ideas and different perspectives. 


5. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?

A lot of my songs explore love and heartbreak, like my latest release ‘Going Nowhere’ but I enjoy looking at other topics too, ‘Chainsmoking’ is about trying to stay awake at the wheel driving home.


6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?

This list is massive, I’ll just give you a snippet! Elvis, Barenaked Ladies, The Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Sheryl Crow, Jack Johnson, Luke Coombs…I could go on forever! 


7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?

Everywhere! Whichever streaming platform you use to listen to your music, it’ll be there! 

 
8. What’s your favorite part about touring/ doing live performances?

The crowd, I feed off the crowd massively, a lot of my songs have got pretty catchy hooks and often the crowd are joining in by the second chorus, I love it.


9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?

My aim has always been for people to take whatever they need from my music, for instance ‘Hold On’ could be about a relationship breakdown for one person, it could be about losing your job for another, but to me it’s about mental health, I just want them to enjoy it, and I suppose know that I do. 


10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?

My plan is to keep writing, keep trying to better my writing, keep recording and then hopefully sometime soon get back out there playing to big crowds! 

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