Leo – Helicopter Leaves [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Melodic, punchy, introspective

Tell us a few things about your album Stevie Boi Jr. What is the story behind it?

Stevie Boi Jr. is a 9 song 29 minute visual album available on YouTube compiled of cartoon animation and real life imagery. From my childhood upbringing, to the relentless pursuit of my career you are able to hear, see, and feel all of the highs and lows of Stevie Boi Jr.’s journey. Find out how I power through the day on tracks like “Morning Routine” and watch as I reflect on my childhood while questioning the laws of human consciousness on “Decades.” Listen as ‘Stevie Boi Jr.’ calls out the mainstream media and their underlying agenda on the song “Same Old Sound” followed by metaphoric struggles through the valleys of the Utah Canyons on my song “Canyon Call.” Listen to the pain in Stevie Boi Jr.’s voice as I foreshadow a broken heart from a past lover on the closing track “Deja Vu.” Needless to say, my album “Stevie Boi Jr.” takes us on a rollercoaster of a journey through my mind and emotions as I rise to the top.

What first got you into music?

As a kid I loved to play the drums and sing. When I was younger I loved 70s music because of my father. Artists with wide vocal ranges such as Freddie Mercury of Queen, Stevie Wonder, and a Elvis Presley caught my attention. Newer soft rock such as John Mayer, Cold Play, and Dave Matthews band I appreciated also at a young age. It wasn’t until 7th/8th grade that I discovered my love for RnB and Hip Hop inspired by artists such as Usher, Frank Ocean, Justin Timberlake, Drake, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Tyler, The Creator, Mac Miller, Childish Gambino, Joey Badass and all of Beast Coast, and others. Seeing artists like these form their own brands and independently make careers off of their own music/art put a fire in me to achieve this for myself.

Do you have an artist that you would describe as a hidden gem that we should know about?

Current Joys and his album “Wild Heart”

What would you change in the music industry?

All the things that are glorified in the mainstream. Focusing on raw authentic music and art rather than the cheap sex/drugs/money propaganda. Also for labels to start giving full control and ownership to the artist and their work while not taking most of the money they earn.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

Listeners who like smooth melodic upbeat music that puts them in a mood of positivity. I touch upon relatable subjects such as experiences with romantic relationships along with our relationship to ourselves and well being. Also anyone looking to dive a little deep into spirituality and their own connection to the universe.

You’d give up making music for…

Nothing. I couldn’t possibly do so if I tried.

Thank you!

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