Leon Marshall [Musician Interview]

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Who inspired you to make music? 

I’ve got quite a big family and there was always a lot of different music being played around the house, so I’ve been a music fan forever, but I suppose the key moment was the first time I saw Elvis’s ‘68 Comeback Special, we had it recorded on VHS and I used to watch it over and over. 

What is your creative process like? Do you start with lyrics? Instruments? Concept? 

I usually start with a lyric yeah, most often it’s a case of something just popping into my head while I’m out and about, and then I’ll work on it when I get home. I’ve recently had a go at the music first, just to mix it up a bit you know! But I’ve never started with the concept…maybe I should have a go!

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What do you feel is the best song you have released/written and why? 

That’s a tough one, I really like ‘Chainsmoking’ which I released a year or so ago, I wrote it on the car journey home from Edinburgh after doing a proposal gig at the top of Arthur’s Seat, and I was exhausted and trying to stay awake. But then the last single ‘Going Nowhere’ is really catchy and I love it.

What is the best advice you’ve been given? 

Keep writing, keep practicing and keep getting better

If you could be any kind of cookie, what would it be and why? (Most important question) 

A Lotus Biscoff – I’m just going to assume we can class that as a cookie…it’s the best one, it’s adaptable, it can either be eaten delicately from the saucer of a coffee cup, dipped in a builder’s brew or the whole packet devoured while nobody’s looking. 

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business? 

I think from a consumer point of view it’s brilliantly positive in that you’ve got so much choice right in front of you, however the rise of streaming music has its downside too…I think people are less inclined to buy or listen to a whole album now, often you’d just get that one track that you’ve heard, leaving the rest of the album undiscovered. 

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If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be? 

I wish local radio stations would support local artists, people are constantly talking about supporting local businesses, but your local musician is also a local business.

What is the most useless talent you have? 

I’ve got strangely long Twiglet toes and can text, use the remote control and generally pick things up with them, like a monkey, I’ve not quite mastered the guitar yet, but watch this space! 

When you’re done with music, what do you want people to think when they talk about you and your work? 

I hope I’m never done with music, and so I hope they’re only ever talking about my perseverance! 

What is your most recent project/upcoming project? 

I spent some time back in October getting some new tracks done in the studio which I’ll be sharing next year, they’re each a bit different and I’m really looking forward to you all hearing them! 

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