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”The dream was too big. I couldn’t see myself in it, so I chose a life in theater. But when
Bowie suddenly died two years ago, I said to myself, ‘you must do something with the
music you have written – one day you will be gone, and it will all be for nothing’. Now
I'm back where I started from. It's gone full circle. Don't think I've been to the theater
Leo Spauls is a musician based in London who started his artistic career in theater
with childhood friends just outside of Stockholm. Having written pop songs for over
25 years, Spauls released his debut album in 2016 and his second release, a
collaboration with David Bowie’s pianist Mike Garson, will be out this summer.
”Mike has been an idol of mine ever since I heard him play on 1974’s David, Live in
Philadelphia album, the first record I ever bought. Being a trained pianist myself, I
don't know anyone who combines classical and jazz influences as he does. It's very
inspiring to see what other people can do with your music, as long as you feel
confident in what's going on. I wanted to see what other people could do.”
Spauls’ debut EP Alla dagar jag väntat (translated to ‘Tired of Waiting’) was recorded
with the urge to have full control over the project. Now moving forward and working
in collaboration with several artists, he’s let go.
“I was at a point in life where I needed to decide whether to give this a try, or just bury
it forever. It had been so many years since I started writing music.”
Musically, Spauls is inspired by the likes of John Grant, Arcade Fire, Toy, St. Lenox,
Perfume Genius, Florence and the Machine, and Fever Ray. He’s also driven creatively
through chaos, sadomasochistic sex, the complexity of the modernists, James Joyce,
and the ability to create your own universe.
The upcoming release from Leo Spauls, ”Heaven’s Deep Blue Sky”, is one that tells a
love story we can all relate to: losing the one who is most important.
“All the things you've done together, everything you've built together, is gone. You are
back from where you started, and there is no going back. But you don't want to see it,
you want to leave this Earth, fly away from it because the pain is too big. It's actually a
gay love song, but it's the same if you are straight. This gay stuff is so old, it's not about
if you are gay anymore, it's about the feelings we all share, no matter who you are.”