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Sam Leoh is our second act, a singer with a distinctive, plaintive voice, performing electro-pop with a keyboardist who stands behind three analog synthesisers.  Leohs voice occasionally sounds reminiscent of Scadinavian artists like Bjork, and the overall sound is a good example of the electro-pop genre with muscular, propulsive synth-riffs, crunchy pads and formidable electronic beats.  The set varied between moments of static chilliness and pure floor-filling pop.’ Andy Holland:Getintothis

Getintothis 81 Renshaw Gig Review

The past few weeks have been really enjoyable. As mentioned in my previous post, I had a chat with Sean McGinty over at BBC Introducing in Lancashire (still available at BBC Intro Lancashire! (not for long though))… and I also performed at a gig in East Ardsley. The gig was really fun, and great preparation for future gigs!

Most recently, as highlighted above, I performed at the lovely 81 Renshaw venue in Liverpool, with my bandmate, to support Siobhan Wilson. It was a really special evening!!

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81 Renshaw

A final note… I’ve noticed I’ve spent a lot of time recently on social media, not necessarily posting, but constantly checking. Feeling like one’s missed a notification or an opportunity begins to impact on other aspects of life… I’ve decided to take a break from social media…

… I feel like I’ve so much more in the creativity bank, that I want to put all of my spare energy and time now into helping my new creations grow. The rest of my energy and time will be, as always, spent on my paid work and developing as a live artist (rehearsing & gigs – wahoo!!!!!).

I don’t see any harm in keeping my blog up-to-date though 😉

Catch you soon!

Love and thanks, as always,

Sam

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BBC Introducing Catch-Up

Blink had its third play on BBC Introducing in Lancashire last night! Wahoo!! At the beginning of this week, Blink had a really nice review from Diamond Deposits, which can be found at:

Blink Review by Diamond Deposits

Last weekend, I went into BBC Radio Lancashire to catch-up with Sean McGinty, and that’ll be broadcast on August 26th 2017. I’ll share the link as soon as it’s available!

A week today, myself and Mike will be performing at our first event, so really looking forward to that.

Hopefully some photos will follow…

SL

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Blink

Another weekend over with! It’s been another busy, but thoroughly enjoyable weekend… I spent Saturday rehearsing and planning the next few months of music-related activities.

Today (Sunday), I spent some quality time with my Mum & Dad at Bodnant Garden. The weather wasn’t great, but (as always) we didn’t let this dampen our spirits!

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A snippet of scenery from Bodnant Garden!

In terms of my music journey overall, my spirits have definitely been lifted since uploading Blink to Amazing Tunes and BBC Introducing a couple of weeks ago… It’s been broadcast on Shell Zenner’s Amazing Radio show, BBC Introducing Lancashire, and BBC Introducing Manchester – WAHOOOOOO!!


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I’m currently playing around with ideas on a Novation Circuit, to try to incorporate more into my performance, alongside my vocals. Eventually I’ll be investing in a synth too, in order to add some synth parts to my part of the set. Mike (pictured) is totally ace at performing the bulk of the tracks on his synths though and I’m really looking forward to us going out on stage somewhere near you soon!

Exciting plans are currently being discussed about: event locations, video shoots, artwork, new music, release dates, demo recording, and merchandise…. So, stay-tuned!!!!!

Best Wishes,

SL

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Post Holiday Blues

I’ve recently returned from a lovely holiday that I had with some of my family in the Isle of Wight. In fact, this is my first day back at home and the last day of annual leave (for a while)!

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My Dad took this photo on our last day in the Isle of Wight. We’d just finished an enjoyable walk to Alum Bay, where we looked at the interesting sedimentary layers in the cliffs that have been exposed by coastal erosion.

Isle of Wight is definitely a place I’d recommend; the scenery is beautiful and there’s plenty to do on the island for various ages! One of my favourite viewpoints is near where the old Needles rocket testing site is – the views across the Solent are breathtaking.

I am sad that such a lovely break had to come to an end, but at the same time, it’s nice to be back with my home comforts… I have plenty to look forward to with music too!

There’s two new alt-pop studio-recorded tracks waiting to be released:

Also, I’m back rehearsing at Blueprint Studios, already with a few booked gigs towards the end of the year to look forward to!!

Happy holidays to anyone starting theirs!

SL

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Mixtapes

Firstly, a link to Sonic Commute! A mixtape of some the tracks that have soundtracked my long commutes over recent months (including a couple of my own!!)…

Secondly, a link to Happy Feel! A mixtape of feel-good tracks, that’s ideal for a quick fix of happiness! With one of my own tagged in at the end!!

ENJOY!

Bee Kind

Why can’t everyone just be kind to one another? That’s something I ask myself a lot. More so since May 22nd 2017, after a heinous attack occurred at the end of a pop concert, in my home city – Manchester.

To financially support my music, I work as a Pharmacy Assistant in a local hospital. Most of my work is ward-based, so I’m reminded of illness every weekday, which can be distressing at times. But the past week-or-so has been tougher than usual. Partly because I’m super-sensitive, but also because of the sheer trauma that has impacted on the city.

However, through the darkness of it all, a lot of kindness really shone through. Promisingly, it doesn’t seem to fade with generations either. For instance, I visited St Annes Square a few days ago, to quietly observe the carpet of flowers and tributes that the city had laid down. It didn’t feel right to take photos, so I didn’t, but something that really stuck with me was a poster that was left by a youngster… It was a line drawing of a creature on a yellow piece of card. Either side of the creature, a lollipop was sellotaped onto its hands. Written on the poster was: ‘To all the children in the sky’. So simple, but so effective.

I left St Annes Square with even more emotions than what I went with. But a few days later, and several thoughts analysed, I’m slowly getting back to my old routine. Needless to say, the incident that happened on May 22nd 2017 and all of those it affected will never be forgotten, but the kindness and strength of the city (from all generations and backgrounds) that showed, at such a difficult time, won’t be forgotten either.

Manchester Bee
Manchester Bee

So world, please be kind! 🙂

SL

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Glow, 1000, & Rehearsals

GLOW

Glow is the second release from my upcoming Alt-Pop EP, and I’m thrilled to say it’s been getting a lot of support from Amazing Radio (Shell Zenner’s Thursday broadcast and repeated Friday broadcast) and BBC Introducing in Lancashire (twice!). The code for the BBC Introducing badge doesn’t work anymore – d’oh! But here’s the lovely Amazing Radio badge:

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ONE THOUSAND

Since establishing a promotional brand across everything for my new material (unlike last year, which was a little incomplete in some parts), I’ve been keen to invest a lot more in advertising my music this year.

A few things learned from the extra push and more detailed social media insights:

  • Good music blogs are really difficult to get featured on (you need a thick skin for the feedback you get back from some of them and strong self-belief to pick yourself up and move on).
  • Paid advert placement does help increase awareness of your product, and if pitched right, can increase your social media followers (over 1000 newbies on Facebook for me! Wahoo!!).
  • Seeing your stats rise can be addictive (have a plan and stick to it).

In general, I’m pleased I chose to invest time and a little money into advertising, because at least I know now that I’ve tried every avenue possible to expose my music (apart from gigs (mentioned below)). I also gained a few more followers and potential fans, which is great, because it’s great to be able to share this journey with like-minded people!

REHEARSALS

I’m thrilled to say that I’ve now been joined by a very keen and experienced muso, who’s joining me in rehearsals and gigs! We’ll be starting rehearsals at Blueprint Studios very soon, with the hope to start booking gig slots soon after. We’re currently looking for an electro-percussionist to finish the line-up (I know you’re out there somewhere!!!).

Performing at gigs is an important avenue I’ve not ventured far enough down yet and, as well as being able to enjoy being a musical artist even more, I’m also hopeful that performing at gigs will help to increase my fanbase.

Other:

I’ve almost finished the final track off my upcoming Alt-Pop EP, which I’ve decided will be distributed at gigs as physical copies. All tracks will eventually be released as singles, digitally (Vibe and Glow are already available!).

Vibe had plenty of support off BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio, and even made Tom Robinson’s listening post! Unfortunately, Vibe didn’t gain enough votes to reach the Fresh Faves blog, nor did any BBC Radio 6 airplay transpire from it. I tried with Glow, but nothing at all happened (oops!).

BBC Introducing with Tom Robinson on 6 music

Glow’s below, if you fancy listening to it!

Sam Leoh – Glow

SL

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