We caught up with Leon Of Athens to talk about his new track ‘Aeroplane,’ his upcoming album and what he’s listening to rn.
How would you describe your sound?
What does a day in the life of Leon of Athens look like?
Lot’s of music and a bit of sleep 🙂
When did you first realise you wanted to make music?
When I wrote my first song. It felt like home.
Who would you say your musical influences are?
Radiohead, David Bowie, Sufjan Stevens, Coldplay, Nick Drake, Prince, Nirvana, RHCP
Tell us about your newest track ‘Aeroplane’
‘Aeroplane’ is an ode to modern day love.
It’s taken from your upcoming new album- what can we expect?
It’s an album produced by David Kosten, with whom I really loved working with. I’m happy with the fact that we achieved a large variety of sounds, colours and emotions.
How does the new record differ from your 2014 debut, Global?
I’d say it has a sharper sound and it’s more pop. I love both of them though, they represent different periods in my life.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?
There are so many! One very special moment was a few years ago at a festival where the stage was set up on the beach, right by the ocean. I’m so happy we’re appearing again at Up Festival in Amorgos this summer.
What are you listening to right now?
The new Lorde songs, Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens, Metronomy, Anohni, Beach Baby and older stuff like the album ‘Wrong Way’ by Brian Eno and John Cale.
What’s been your career highlight/proudest moment?
During a sound check in Athens a few years ago, a journalist from The New York Times happened to be passing by and eventually wrote an article featuring one of my songs. I guess I could say that this moment served as a turning point in my career as it pushed me to pursue a music career abroad.
What would your dream festival line-up be?
An impossible one. The Doors, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Beatles, Joy Division, Tupac, Michael Jackson and Nina Simone.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists trying to break into the industry?
There are far more important things in life than the music industry and one of them is music.
You can only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what is it?
The Blue album by the Beatles. This was the first real album I ever listened to and one of my favourites of all time.
Where can we next see you play?
Our next gig in London will be the album release show in November. Date and venue soon to be announced!
What’s on the agenda for the rest of 2017?
An album release tour in the UK and Europe.
Wanna find out more about Leon Of Athens? Follow him on his twitter @leonofathens and listen to his exclusive playlist below: