Meet Leah Brown, a young musician and Spotify playlister from Scotland.
“ I didn't make my channel for views, nor money nor to "steal music", I made it for me, then the group of people who wanted to discover the genre with me. I have never made a single penny from the playlists, never will, and that's the way I like it."
What music did you grow up listening to as a young kid?
I've always been very open with my music taste, even when I was young. I remember loving musicals, Les Miserables in particular. The majority of my own music in high school however was heavily influenced by Emeli Sandé, a soul/R&B artist from Scotland. Her music spoke to me and inspired me to begin getting my music out there, which contributed to the start of my YouTube channel.
Do you play any instruments? If no, which instrument do you wish you could play?
I play the piano and sing, I /try/ to play the guitar but it doesn't usually go well!
Name your top 3 favorite artist and why?
Oh, that's a hard one! I love a Folk band called Rura, their music is always beautiful, energetic and completely different to what I usually listen to. They're a breath of fresh air in a market constrained by repetition. Give their songs 'Allegory' and 'Mary' a listen if you get the chance!
I'm also a fan of a group of composers called Two Steps From Hell, set up by Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix. They produce "neo-classical" or "epic" music but I'd personally just call it orchestral soundtracks. They're one of my favorite artists as their music controls my emotions, I can't sit and listen to one of their songs without the track taking a hold of me and beckoning me to follow the story the music is trying to portray. You'll have heard their music before, whether it be in a game or a film trailer, but nonetheless give "Flight of the Silverbird" and "Strength of a Thousand Men" a listen.
My final favorite artist, as much as I would like to say Emeli Sandé, has to be Buddy Holly. Buddy Holly was a pioneer of Rock & Roll music back in the 1950s. My mum and I used to listen to his music a lot when I was younger and so there will always be that nostalgic feeling when I hear his music but all in all, his music makes me feel happier. Three of my favourite songs from him are "Bo Diddley", "Rave On" and "True Love Ways".
If you were a singer, what current living artist would you like to collaborate with?
I would absolutely choose Rura. It would be nice to have my voice exposed to Folk music as it's a genre I've never sang in but I feel my voice could work well with the band. I'd be up for a wee romantic duo with Adam Holmes any time (wink wink).
What artist, dead or alive, who would you interview and why?
Buddy Holly. As I mentioned, he was a pioneer of Rock & Roll, a completely new type of music than Country which was popular around the start of the 1950s also. Sadly Buddy passed away at the age of 22 due to a plane crash along with Ritchie Valens (17), The Big Bopper (28) and Roger Peterson (21). He planned to start his own record label dedicated to Rock & Roll and had so much to give to the world of music, so much that we are missing out from now. In the short time he spent sharing his music with us, he has influenced many famous music icons such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and has shaped the music world as we know it today. I'd love to sit down and discuss his music with him, learn his passions, life and ambitions for the music world.
Leah has an amazing youtube channel of her own, to learn more about it, click here!: https://www.youtube.com/user/leahbrownmusic