LÉON, the singer songwriter from Stockholm, has long been known to remix artists and peers within pop music. Her Treasure EP, released on Columbia Records, captured the imagination of clubbers and the folks who like their pop a little less spoon-fed. Smart lyrical content with heartfelt twists sneak in under the radar while easy pop progressions make dancing easy.
Enjoying the success of a captivating EP and preparing for a set of US tour dates, it seemed like an appropriate time to catch up with LÉON and catch a brief glimpse of how life is treating her, and just how she arrived at this moment: preparing to move to the next level.
Where are you right now?
Right now I’m in my apartment in Stockholm.
Tell us about your new project: Who did you work with? Where was it recorded? What’s it about? Is there candy?
I’ve been writing my songs together with my friend and producer, Agrin Rahmani, for over a year now. We met at a music school for songwriters and producers up north in Sweden.
Everything I’ve done has been recorded here in Stockholm, in Agrin’s studio. My music is mainly about my experiences, and about my life these recent years. It’s about relationships, and heartbreak.
How do you describe your music to new friends?
I heard someone say that my music sounds like ”retro future”, and that kinda stuck with me. I think it describes my music pretty good, since it’s a has a touch of “old school” but is still fresh.
Other than LÉON, what should your hometown be known for?
I think Stockholm should be known for how people dress! It’s really inspiring to just see people on the train or on the street here. And you should also try the kebab-pizza if you ever go here, haha.
What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so inspirational…
I grew up in a family with almost only musicians, so it was always a huge part of my life. I just never wanted to do anything else really, so in one way or another i would make sure that I’d work with music.
It was probably when I heard Stevie Wonder for the first time that I was like “wow.” I was maybe around six years old, and I became obsessed. I would sing along to his songs, and pretend that they were mine, haha.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?
I guess to work really hard and not take things for granted, ’cause that’s when things can go really wrong.
Not including your current crew, who (alive or dead) would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
It would be interesting to drive around with the guys from the Beatles when they were in their mid 20s, but it would get pretty intense I think…haha. Maybe Adele, that would be amazing. She seems fun.
What song best sums up your life right now?
It’s really hard to say, but I’m obsessed with ODESZA. Their music is incredible, and works for everything I do. I love ”Say my name” by them.
What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?
I think the best thing so far has been how people have been writing to me telling me how much, and why, they appreciate my music. It’s crazy and so amazing to read.
Take a moment to dream – Where do hope to be a year from now?
In one year from now I hope that I’ll be playing at festivals I’ve been dreaming of for years, like Glastonbury and Coachella. Playing shows with big crowds in countries I’d never thought I would visit.
What’s your next step towards that dream?
Starting to play live, which I’m doing very soon. Just keep going, have fun and make music.
Purchase LÉON music on iTunes.