Check out our interview with indie/pop singer, songwriter and producer LEADR.

BILLBOARD named LEADR one of “20 New Artists to fall in love with.” after first emerging on the independent electronic scene with his initial release, “Waves” in 2018. Atwood Magazine described “Waves” as “a pulsing, blissful rush of emotional ambiance that washes over us with purity, minimalism, and temporal energy.” The track was subsequently selected by the Starbucks Corporation to play at their locations worldwide. His second single, “11:11 ft. TXVX” premiered on BILLBOARD and his third, “White Bird,” was featured in VOGUE BRAZIL.

LEADR’s music is an expansive blend of electro-pop, indie dance, and futurist elements that soars with euphonious vocals that lift the imagination. Drawing inspiration from artists like Billie Eilish, James Blake, Troye Sivan, and Lana Del Rey. LEADR’s new sound extends to fans of alternative, pop, and R&B.

Past performances included sell-out shows at The Peppermint Club, The Mint, and The Study. He opened for UK pop artist Bright Light Bright Light at The Satellite. Furthering his quest to help support LGBTQ and at-risk youth, LEADR was honored to accept the invitation to perform on October 19th at the 2019 Models of Pride Conference, a series commissioned by the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Follow LEADR @leadrmusic

LEADR - Hi, I'm Human (Official M/V)

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Queer, Powerful, Unique

Describe your sound in 3 words?

Ethereal, Immersive, Balanced

Who influenced you and why did you choose to make music?

Madonna – Ray of Light (Best Record of All Time)

William Orbit, the producer of this album, is a genius and I am so inspired by his work. This album is timeless!

Also, I also was a big Kpop fan and I remember auditioning for Sm Town. I wanted to be a pop star. Haha!

Tell us about your new single “Hi, I’m Human?”

This is my love letter to all the bullies that hurt me in the past. I’m human, I’m just like you.

Did you had plans/concerts planned and cancelled because of COVID? If so have you done any online concerts or interaction with your fans?

I was looking forward to doing We Found New Music’s show at Madame Siam in Los Angeles but it got cancelled and we did it online. It doesn’t beat being in front of a live crowd. I got booked to do a festival with Joy Ruckus Club, one of the biggest Asian-American festivals. I’m excited to play live again.

What is fun and rewarding about what you do? And what’s not?

The rewarding part is my music and message healing people. The not so fun is being an independent artist. It’s not easy and you push harder to break through the noise. In the flip side, it’s rewarding to know I did this on my own without a label.

What’s next for LEADR in 2021?

More music on the way and a new album!

What is you favorite song? And why?

Now…?

Billie Eilish – I love you

That song takes me on a journey and her voice is mesmerizing. I’m very inspired by her music.

Any loves other than music?

I love to cook and go on hikes. Being one with nature is important to me.

If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?

Dead – Michael Jackson because he is a legend!
Living – Britney Spears #FreeBritney

Best advice ever given?

Be present.

Idea of a perfect Sunday?

Doing absolutely nothing.

What is you favorite song to belt out in the car/for karaoke?

BTS – Boy with Luv and Brandy & Monica – The Boy Is Mine

What is your own definition of happiness?

To be alive and experience being here on Earth.

Do you support any charities?

Trevor Project because they focus on suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth. I’ve been their shoes and I want to give back. 🙂

What is your favorite healthy food?

Caesar salad with lots of croutons! Okay, that’s is not healthy! Haha.

And your favorite cheat food?

Potato chips and Bottega Louie’s chocolate mousse cake

What would be a deal breaker on a first date?

Bad breath

How would you describe your fashion style?

Minimal, Recycled, Avant-garde

Where we can follow you?

Follow LEADR:

Website – leadrmusic.com

Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Soundcloud / Tik Tok

 


 

Credits:

Photographer: Stella Chyun
Wardrobe: Francis Juarez
Makeup: Alisa Yasuda
Hair: John Granados