Brother Leo is a Swedish singer songwriter. He first came to our attention with his single ‘Strangers on an Island’, which was done in collaboration with Fatboy Slim. He has new single out ‘Hallelujah’ We have this special Q and A with him for you.
First of all, how are you and how you been using the time at home?
I’m pretty good thanks! Guess I’m between going insane and actually enjoying just hanging around at home in my bathrobe finishing up some songs I’ve haven’t had time to finish before. I’m also getting some proper time with my own thoughts… it’s been a while.
What is your approach to song writing?
My formula is to not have a formula. It’s so different every time.. Sometimes I have a line or a concept/story that I wanna write about and other times I just have a little melody I recorded on my phone and then I let the melody tell me what the songs are about. It could be any random thing that triggers it really. Some songs almost write themselves while others feels like a never ending battle.
Tell us the story behind your new single ‘Hallelujah’
I wrote most of the song on a bus ride back home to Stockholm many years ago after spending christmas with my family… I wouldn’t call myself religious, but the song came out almost like a prayer. I guess in my subconscious mind, it was a cry for help in what I felt was a hopeless situation. It’s about broken illusions and accepting the painful fact that certain things just can’t be fixed.
It’s probably the most personal song I’ve ever written and I don’t think I’ve been this open, intimate and vulnerable in my music before… at least not in this way.
Even though I knew this song was special to me It took me years to finish it. With some perspective I guess it was too associated with painful memories that I kept avoiding it so it took me almost 5 years to get it done.. Hallelujah has definitely forced me to deal with alot of stuff. It’s still a process but I really believe it has helped me. More than any therapy, magic pills or religion for that matter.. I found some kind of peace through it. There’s definitely a before and after “Hallelujah” for me
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What are your memories of working with Fatboy Slim
That it was pretty surreal that he wanted to work with me. He’s a legend in my mind and I grew up listening to a lot of his music. It was just amazing to make music with him and really inspiring to see how he combines different sounds and groves and it just works.. I guess he just hears stuff that the rest of us don’t.