Interview – Nick Leech

This week we interviewed Nick Leech about his new music! You should also have a listen and let us know what you think!

What is the meaning behind your most recent track ‘Bear’?

I went on a trip down to Tumut, NSW (if you haven’t been, TRUST ME, it’s your new top of your bucket list). And honestly, it’s like I stepped out of Australia and into a wonderland. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing! So, as we were driving up this mountain, literally through clouds, staring at the hills and dams, this idea popped into my head, and I wrote it then and there, in the back of a cramped car, about the beauty of life and this amazing town!

What gave you the push to begin vocal coaching for aspiring artists?

I myself have the most AMAZING vocal coach, Jamie-Leigh Russell, and she not only coached me in vocals and performance, but in life! She is, to this day, probably the most influential woman in my life! I wouldn’t be who I am musically, or personally, without her. And so, being able to do that for others, and pass on my knowledge too? Why not!

Who are some Australian artists you look up to and why?

I know it sounds a little cliche, but I grew up listening to Guy Sebastian and singing my heart out to “Angels Brought Me Here” and Shannon Noll “What About Me” (the BEST karaoke song for a Friday night by the way!), so those kinds of music have pushed me. Honestly, anything in the Australian or global pop scene inspires me. As a kid, I was never able to listen to the stuff on the radio, so now I take every opportunity I can get. Plus, I think people really undermine the genre, throwing it away as “petty” or “childish” as if it doesn’t have meaning. So seeing Aussie artists like Amy Shark, SIA, Guy, my mate Jai Waetford, succeed in this genre? That’s who I look up to.

How did you first step into the music scene?

As a songwriter actually. I’ve been writing professionally for 3 years now, and doing my own kind of track as an artist too, but I unknowingly turned into a writer about mid way through high school, and everyone just started coming to me as a top liner, so I started there, and it kind of flourished to where I’m at now!

If you were stranded on an island and you had to listen to only one album, who and what album would it be? And why?

Damn, hard question! Either Michael Bublé “Crazy Love” or Mumford and Sons “Wilder Mind.” To me, they’re both perfect albums. Music to me is about feeling and experience. I trained as a jazz singer, and I studied Bublé like a hawk as a kid, so that will always be one of my favourite albums of all time, but when I got that Mumford album, it just resonated with me as imperfect perfection. The recreation of style, the imagery it set, just everything about it screamed art and influence. So, one of those two, take your pick!

What are three qualities that you believe make an artist outstanding from the rest?
Believability, Individuality (Creatively speaking) and Personality. That’s my code for people I collab with writing wise. If I don’t believe you when you perform, it ain’t happening. If you’re an indecent human personality wise, that’s a no brainer! But, probably the most important is individuality. You can write a 4 chord song all day everyday, and it will always be a 4 chord song. But it’s the way YOU play and style those chords which makes that song YOURS. Quote – some dude named Nick Leech.

 

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