It’s been a tricky couple of weeks, but musically everything’s been great. My gig in Manchester, at the Peer Hat, was super enjoyable, and my new single Outside In was broadcast on Sean McGinty’s BBC Introducing show last night. Positive thinking let’s be having you 💜
Here’s me – fresh off a bus from rehearsals in Manchester, at BBC Radio Lancashire in Blackburn:
I had a lovely catch-up with Sean McGinty on his BBC Introducing in Lancashire show. We spoke about my experience recording a live video at BBC North West and a couple of other cool things that are around the corner… Check it out here:
On Sunday 29th October 2017, I attended my first ever video shoot! It was a wonderful experience and Wasp Video were a great team to work with on this project. I won’t be giving away which single it’s been created for just yet though!!!
Here’s a video Wasp Video shared on Facebook, containing behind-the-scenes photographs of the shoot:
In other news, Blink was featured on one of Music Is My Radar’s playlists – wahoo!!! Additionally, I have been added to the line-up of a few more gigs around the North West of England, which I’m really looking forward to!
‘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. Leoh‘s 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
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!!
A final note… I’ve noticed I’ve spent a lot of time recently on social media, not necessarily posting, but constantly checking. I’ve decided to take a short break from social media, as I’d like to put a little more of my spare energy and time into creating new material at the moment. 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 😉
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)!
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:
Blink artwork created by Sam Leoh
Sober artwork created by Sam Leoh
Also, I’m back rehearsing at Blueprint Studios, already with a few booked gigs towards the end of the year to look forward to!!
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.