LEO SAWIKIN Shares A WHOLE WORLD WAITING

If not you, who? And if not now, when? This is the message put forward by Leo Sawikin in his latest mellowed-out the pop-rock anthem, A Whole World Waiting’ We sat down with this star on the rise to find out more...
26 April 2021

By Vasco Dega

If not you, who? And if not now, when? This is the message put forward by Leo Sawikin in his latest mellowed-out the pop-rock anthem, A Whole World Waiting’ We sat down with this star on the rise to find out more…

Hi Leo! Congratulations on the release of ‘A Whole World Waiting’! How does it feel to have the track finally out?

It feels great, thank you! I wrote this song about two years ago now, so it’s been a long time coming. The good thing about that is that at this point, I’ve listened to the song so many times that if it wasn’t good, I would not be able to listen anymore, but I still can so I know it’s good! 

Have you grown as a musician since you were singing with The Chordaes?

Yes, I think so. These recordings were quite a bit more spacious than any of The Chordaes recordings. The extra space really allowed me to not oversing and to be more generally understated vocally. In general, singing to arrangements like that has brought about changes in the way I sing. I’m also really proud of the way this record was mixed. We used general reverb and ambience to tie things together and make everything feel more live, which is very important for my type of songwriting.   

And you have an album coming out later this year… Can you tell us a bit more about that?

I have an album called Row Me Away coming out this summer! It’s my first solo record and it encompasses my best material from late 2018 all the way up to the end of 2019. We were planning to release it last year, but we decided it would be best to put it off until the pandemic had calmed down a little bit. This record is about wanting to escape the dystopian future it often seems we’re headed for. A few of the songs are love songs within the context of an ending world. 

From what do you most draw inspiration in daily life?

I draw inspiration from other music more than anything. The most inspired I’ve ever been is after listening to the Smile Sessions and Pet Sounds, which helped form many of my songwriting viewpoints. I don’t usually write about things I observe in daily life. I’m definitely more inspired to write about what is happening in the world in general, broader concepts and writing about certain types of people. Sometimes I will start a song off with a visual memory though to help establish a setting.

It seems like a big part of your music is staying present through difficult times. How have you been helping yourself to do that throughout the pandemic?

Yes absolutely, ‘Born too Late’ and ‘Row Me Away’ are about that specific concept. For the first few months I definitely was incredibly unproductive. It’s very hard to write when life feels like it’s paused. I’ve found that the best way to maintain mental clarity in times like this is to give yourself a routine of some sort. I go to the gym a few days a week, I go out for a coffee every day and always treat myself to tasty meals. These little acts of self-love really do make a difference. Excitement and reward are circular and feed each other so if you’re feeling depressed and foggy and like you don’t want to do anything, it’s good to push yourself to give yourself a treat or have a new experience to break the cycle even if the idea doesn’t excite you at first. 

What’s next?

I just released a single on April 16th so we will be pushing that for a little bit. We are probably going to be on the radio in the UK soon, so I’m incredibly excited about that! I also just got a licensing deal so I’m really happy about that as well and hoping to get one of my songs in a movie, tv show, or an ad! Hopefully if everything goes as planned, I’ll be able to visit England this fall!

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