Shards Of Leo

FRESH: ‘Just A Little Bit’ – Shards Of Leo

Shards Of Leo wants “Just A Little Bit”

UK artist Louis Forsyth aka Shards Of Leo has just released his second single, “Just A Little Bit”, recorded, mixed and produced all from his student bedroom. “Just A Little Bit” is a quirky start-stop track with a number of different ‘rooms’ to it that each tell a different story, as Louis tells us: “This song is an attempt to talk about mental health in a much more positive way than I have before. It is more optimistic, trying to focus on the more positive sides of life, and promote a more optimistic outlook. Some of the lyrics are, however, deliberately ambiguous, in the hope that the people who listen to it can put their own meaning into it”.

Shards Of Leo debuted earlier this year with the single “Urgent” after deciding to go solo, having been a lead guitarist in a band and playing live at festivals across England. He says he takes influence from the likes of Fujiya & Miyagi, X Ambassadors, AJR, and some Billie Eilish, from which “Just A Little Bit” takes it cue and adds a danceable chorus and a wicked bridge.

Louis tells us how the bridge came to happen: “When recording the bridge section of the song, I just couldn’t get the sound I was looking for using ‘normal’ production techniques,so I decided to get a little more creative. I created the beat on Logic, and then recorded that playing through my speakers. I sangalong while recording that, and then played this phone recording through my microphone. This is a slightly ridiculous way toproduce music, but I felt that it gave a certain ‘rawness’, which I was having trouble creating any other way”.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!