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Sit Down Interview With, Leetham

Hey, very happy to welcome you to the Radio Show and Podcast community. Tell us a

little bit more about yourself. Introduce yourself to the community.

Hello! I am also very excited to be here today. My name is Luke Leetham but I go by

Leetham. I’m an independent queer artist who is working really hard to spread my music to

larger horizons. I consider my music to be an eclectic mix of various genres, with a pop

influence always being found in what I create.

One thing that I’m always interested in, when I sit down and chat with artists is, what

their defining moment was that they knew that they wanted to be in music… What was that

moment in time for you?

I remember being eight years old and watching one of my dad’s friends playing piano in

the mall while people were cheering him on and throwing money into his basket. It was in that

moment I knew that’s what I wanted to do when I was older. I begged my parents to put me

into piano lessons after that experience, which I immediately started to loathe doing. Luckily

for me, my parents tricked me into thinking my piano lessons were linked to a contract that

said I couldn’t quit until I was 16. I eventually fell in love with it and it’s been my guiding

musical influence in my life ever since.

Do you mix and master yourself or do you have an engineer or a producer that works

with you?

My producer is a good friend of mine that I’ve known for a while through the Utah music

scene, Bad Heather. In regards to mixing, I actually found my mixer, Auden, through Twitter in

a thread about queer artists looking for work and I’m really thankful I reached out and found

such great talent to help me out.

What motivates you? Not just in your music but in your normal life as well.

I want to leave something behind in this world when I go. I believe that I’ll feel I’ve made it

when I know that what I have done was loved, respected, and influential to people. I’m able to

constantly push myself to work not only harder but smarter every time I remind myself that the

work I am doing can be something that lasts far beyond my years here.

I am personally on a mission to get good music heard by everyone. What is one thing

that bothers you the most about trying to come up in the music world today and, do you prefer being underground or, is the mainstream something you strive for?

What bothers me the most about coming up in the music industry is how many artists feel

closed off about the resources and avenues they used to become successful. I believe that as

creatives we should be a community and therefore we owe it to each other to share support

and advice. My goal with my music is for people to enjoy it; whether that comes from being

underground or mainstream, it makes no difference to me. I would love a Grammy though….

just saying.

Who, musically, is one of your bigger influences?

Brendon Urie. He can do it all.

7. Q: - One question that I like to ask artists is, how did Covid affect your music in particular

and the music scene in your area?

The music scene in Utah shut down. For me as an artist, it was during this time that I

started this solo project, Leetham. It was a really influential time in my career because I was

able to be introspective and write a lot of music that I know is very reflective of who I am,

where I’ve been, and where I plan to go.

I, myself, personally think that there’s too much social media out there to keep up with.

I understand why it’s necessary but there’s a ton of it out there. What are your feelings on

social media and music today?

Social Media is a double-edged sword. The state of music today has made it so that you

need to be constantly engaging with your supporters and fans because they’re the ones who

make your dream become a reality. So in that regard, I think it’s just simply the best way to

make your music get out into the world. For me, the hardest part of social media in the music

industry is that it makes it so much easier to compare yourselves to others, which often leads

to more self-destruction rather than introspection.

Do you create music often? When can we expect another release?

I usually find myself in the studio once a week. Depending on the time of release for this

interview, my next single may or may not already be out! The song is named Exes and drops

June 28th. If it’s already out when you’re reading this, give it a couple hundred listens!

I grew up in the 90’s, I listened to everyone from Dr. Dre, to Weezer, to Pink Floyd,

Metallica, Cypress Hill and back again. I truly believe that the 90’s were one of the greatest

era’s for original music. Which era of music is one of your favorites?

The ‘80s, of course. The music was very synth based, which I love.

If you could swap yourself into a different artist, who would it be?

I would love to see a day in the life of Ariana Grande when she’s in the process of writing

another chart topping album.

What tips or advice would you give someone that’s just starting out in the music game?

Play your cards wisely and create, create, create, and create. Make sure there’s a wave

for you to ride once you’re ready to start releasing music!

I want to thank you for this Q&A, Is there anything you want to say to everyone out

there? Shout outs?

Thank you for this opportunity. Shoutout to my friends, fans, my team and my boyfriend! I

wouldn’t be where I am today without you guys!

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