Brazilian guitar-virtuoso Leo Varella finds his influences from 80’s legends such as Prince and Nile Rodgers. These artists can be heard in Leo’s fresh brand of commercial pop. The keen writer and talented singer has a habit for blending visceral lyrics with hooky chorus lines, which make for the perfect track. His latest offering, titled ‘Alone’, is no different.
Discussing the release Leo explains:
“ALONE is a song about the contradiction of wanting to be alone, to push everyone away and yet, to not understand why you find yourself lonely. To me, it means that we are all desperately trying to not depend on anyone but ourselves and somehow still feel complete.”
Leo discovered his love for music as early as he started playing guitar at the age of 5: since then, he hasn’t stopped and kept developing his craft by navigating through all realms of music, with a particular interest for jazz, hip hop, rock and Brazilian music. The exposure to such genres sparked his interest in a career of writing, producing and touring as a guitarist – something he immediately pursued by moving to the US in 2016 by earning a spot at Berklee College of Music in a full tuition scholarship. That environment allowed his involvement with many projects from different artists and directors, most notably working closely under the wings of producer and musical director Rob Lewis (Christina Aguilera, Laura Jauregui, P Diddy).
Released in early 2019, his debut single “Over It” has established a steadily growing following of loyal listeners. Gaining airplay from several Brazilian radio stations, international doors have begun opening for the artist. As a songwriter and producer, Leo has had the opportunity to write for an array of different artists through his collaborations with JIM ALXNDR (Australia) and DAMYE (Korea), such as Ravyn Lenae, IV Jay and DEAN. With this momentum, Varella continues to write, produce, and perform. Currently, he is planning to release a series of singles throughout the Summer of 2020.