Interview with Leon Marshall

Today, we had the opportunity to get some questions out to musician Leon Marshall. He let us know about his musical inspiration, his love of art and sculptures and much more!

Here is the interview:

1. What is your inspiration to write your music? Is it your
surroundings?

Yeah, I’d say I take inspiration from my surroundings amongst other things. I find a lot of inspiration from the people around me, strangers mostly, whether it be someone stood in front of me in a queue at the shop or just someone walking past me on the street, I often give people back stories and sometimes an idea or a lyric will spark from that.

2. What type of music did you listen to growing up?

I listened to such a variety growing up, and still do actually! I’ve got quite a big family so when I was growing up there was often different music playing in each room of the house, a lot of 50’s Rock n Roll, but also the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, Dolly Parton to The Sisters of Mercy to Cypress Hill. I enjoy listening to many different genres, but I do have a particular fondness for 50’s Rock n Roll and I’m a massive Elvis fan, and I used to spend a lot of time listening to old Elvis albums.

3. Is there someone you looked up as a hero?
I don’t know that there’s one particular person that I’ve looked up to as a hero…there are lots of people with certain traits that I’d say I admire. I admire people who work hard to achieve, people who manage to find a positive outlook in challenging times, and people who have the ability to be strong when things are tough but also have empathy with others who may be struggling. I think those things can often be easier said than done, and I’d say that I look up to those values as something I’d like to achieve.


4. If you weren’t a musician, would you be doing today?
Well, I did take a few years out of music in my late teens to study art and sculpture, inspired by Antony Gormley, I used to create life size depictions of the human form in either plaster or concrete, and carvings from wood or plaster. So, I expect, that if I wasn’t a musician, I’d probably be a hungry sculptor!


5. What advice do you have for our fans out there that want to create
music?
Do it! Don’t be afraid to try new things…take any opportunity you can. Learn from others and don’t be afraid to ask…we all had to ask what we thought were stupid questions at some point.

Check out Leon’s latest single here: