Alex Lleo

FRESH: ‘Starve’ – Alex Lleo

Alex Lleo releases “Starve”

Worcestershire, UK based singer Alex Lleo has just released his gorgeous new single, “Starve”, his third new song of 2020, which evokes themes of dream chasing wanderlust, endless Summers and a quiet confidence for much needed change. Alex went to Brooklyn, NY last year for a tour and it was here he found inspiration to write new music for himself and beginning with “4:05” earlier this year, Alex has blessed us with the fruits of this roadtrip.

Alex says of this journey: “It’s crazy how a random Instahashtag set the groundwork for this new project. After a busy 18 months, I became pretty drained in terms of creativity. Right around that time, I received a message from another Artist out in Brooklyn. Quinn (Devlin) explained that he’d caught my live performance of ‘Calibrate’ on a Sofar session I’d done earlier in the summer. He told me about Dodge 112, a studio his friends had set up in downtown Brooklyn. He said if I could ever find a way out there, they’d be happy to help me out. We continued to flesh out more arrangements over email, and I was introduced to the Studio chief & producer Sahil Ansari”.

Alex continues: “Over the summer we kept a dialog going, forwarding more ideas & thinking about arrangements. By the time September came around, I’d gigged enough shows to get myself out there. Five weeks and fifty sofas later, I feel we captured the honest sound I was so desperate for. It’s been such an inspiration to be involved with so many talented people surrounding Dodge and the BK scene. Having horn players like Willem De Koch from Fleet Foxes play on the record, just highlights the respect these guys have generated as musicians, and it’s infectious!I couldn’t be more excited for what these sounds have to offer. It’s as if everyone involved could see straight into my minds eye!”.

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Written by Christopher Smith

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!