Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Leo Spauls

Tell Us about:

Your latest single you have released:

“Mehringdamm” is about a gay sauna in Berlin. Which it’s not at all what you think it is. It’s clean, and the people are decent. So it’s a fun place to stay. But of course, there are these rules of attraction, as any gay venue. If someone finds you attractive, you can play, but when he sees someone better, he will leave. That’s the reality of this game. Therefore you shouldn’t take it too seriously. The song also has an ironic twist to it, as well as a traditional brass band chorus. Drugs play a part in this, too: “At break of dawn illusion dies, don’t let the drugs show in your eyes”. I hoped it would become a popular song to Berlin Pride, but hardly anyone noticed it. Perhaps it was too close to the truth. 

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

That was “Allt det som är du” in 2016. The first album I released was in Swedish, and this song became an alternative pride single to Stockholm Pride that year. Having written music for so many years, it felt almost surreal to release something finally. I got the feeling, what took you so long?   

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

I enjoyed recording “Every Night and Day” on the last album. It features Mike Garson (David Bowie’s pianist) on piano and me on lead vocals. We decided to keep it acoustic, so it has a very intimate feeling to it. 

Your favourite song to play live:

I believe the three new singles we are releasing this year will be great to play live, really looking forward to it. I like “Heaven’s Deep Blue Sky” of the older songs, the single, and the last album’s title.

Your most emotional track:

“Show me your love” is about meeting a guy from Brazil on a gay app, desperately wanting to leave his country and come to Europe. It’s easy to fall in love with someone like that. Everything is new and exciting in the beginning. However, the reality is something different. Your lover is not the guy you thought he was. Perhaps you are not the guy he thought you were either, and your romantic dream becomes a war zone. You wonder whatever it was that that brought you together in the first place. But you’ve invested so much in that relationship, time, energy. And now you don’t know when to let go. “And the poets sing, love is truly a dangerous thing.” is the message in this song. For the poets, for the lovers.

The best lyric you have ever written:

I don’t consider myself an outstanding lyricist. Also, that is not necessary when it comes to pop music. Although I very much appreciate the works of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, most pop songs don’t require that level of poetry. I probably wrote some rather good lyrics in the ’90s, when I was still young enough not to limit myself. As you get older, you tend to reflect too much on what you are doing. Perhaps “History” is one of my best lyrics. It was written in the late ’90s but released a few years ago.

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

I still get butterflies. I hope that continues. I ended my acting career when I didn’t get nervous anymore. I stopped believing in myself as an actor, which is the worst thing that can happen. If you find yourself in that situation, you must stop before the audience notices it. So I did. 

The hardest track to play live:

Oh, I don’t go on stage with songs I don’t feel comfortable playing. So I don’t take that chance anymore. But, of course, there are songs I would like to do live, but if it doesn’t feel right when rehearsing, you probably shouldn’t do them in front of an audience.  

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

I have a tiny keyboard I can attach to my computer if I hear a song coming and need to act fast. 

Describe your fans in three words:

Awesome, but few.

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

That would be “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails. It sums up most of my experiences of being a teenager in the ’90s. The Johnny Cash version is even better, especially as you get older yourself.

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

We are releasing three singles on the Animal Farm label. So that’s the most important thing that happens this year. The next single is “Moon Sign” and was released on September 10. 

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