Q&A Scene: Joel Leffler

Tell us about your new single?

The brand new single “Love Thirsty” is in a style of music like I’ve never written before. It sits in this new world of songwriting for me, where the sensibilities of pop collide with the rhythmic backbone of electric/funk.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

The work i have done in collaboration with ARIA nominated producer Pete Holz this year far exceeds anything i have ever written in the past. Even with 2 runner-up awards over the years in APRA National Songwriting Competitions, i still believe that both the single ‘Love Thirsty’ to be succeeded by the release of my EP “Run With The Wolves” in February 2017 are my favourite works to date.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

I was recently in Scotland & was offered a certain food i had never had before. So here i was staring down a plate of what looked like over-cooked toast crumbled up and placed methodically under other more well known grub to conceal its identity. With that very first bite, i had very quickly fallen in love with none other than what the Scot’s call ‘Haggis’. I guess in summation, my sound is something some people are well familiar with & others completely ignorant to. However, after that first ‘bite’ I’m sure we can all agree that it isn’t that bad J.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote?

When I appeared as a special guest on Diesel’s national tour in 2015, i was using an exact replica of his mini Maton guitar. As timing would have it as i jammed away being literally over shadowed by his 20 guitar rack set up on stage, his guitar tech took his mini Maton off stage to make some quick repairs. Here i was slamming away on my mini as Diesel himself enters the building. Our eyes locked & in that exact moment i felt the room begin to shake as i could see he was calculating the only guitar missing from his rack was the one I was shredding a solo with my teeth on.

What, or who, inspires you?

The biggest influence for me in the last 6 months would have to be my re-discovery of Ed Sheeran. I began to listen to his new album ‘Multiply’ around the same time i started a new journey of songwriting myself. This period of time ultimately led me to signing a worldwide publishing deal with Foghorn Records in August 2016.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

I grew up with a heavy influence of Blues in my life from my dad. Very quickly after hearing John Mayer’s ‘Continuum’ and being a fan of his earlier Pop albums, I discovered a little song called ‘Gravity’. My father Wayne always taught me it’s the notes you don’t play that are most effective & ‘Gravity’ is exactly that.

What’s next for you?

First up is releasing my debut single as a signed songwriter in November followed by the EP in February 2017. From there i will be touring the EP nationally over the 2017 period & look to follow up with another release towards the last quarter of 2017.

What’s your scene?

I’m old enough to know exactly what i want, but still young enough to chase it. My scene is an ever- evolving one that captures the uncertainty of life & marries it with the comfort of tranquility.





On the 19th of March, 2003 in a quiet little town south of Sydney, Joel Leffler had woken on his 13th birthday to a brand new acoustic guitar that his father had shipped up from Melbourne, Australia.

From the very first chord strummed on his new 6 string up until now, Joel has accumulated many highlights of a career that is only just starting to take off.

Since 2008, Joel has performed in over 70 different venues in NSW, Australia & more recently the World. He has successfully been awarded runner-up places in 2 national songwriting competitions and has had 4 Top #10 charting songs on Triple JJJ Unearthed.

Joel’s debut EP ‘An Intro Of Me’ saw national radio airplay featuring track 1 ‘If You Want Me Now’ performed live by Joel on the pilot episode of a new Australian TV show.

Joel has shared the stage with Australian music industry royalty such as Ian Moss, Diesel and Dragon plus ex Australian Idol finalists Shannon Noll & Hayley Warner. Joel has also appeared as special guest for Canadian band ‘The Trews’ & more recently former INXS front man Ciaran Gribbin.

It took a change in a new direction for Joel to attract the attention of the team at the long established Sydney Label Foghorn Records. Whilst Joel’s early work brought him reasonable success his new style of writing secured him a worldwide deal with Foghorn Records Publishing arm ‘Fogsongs Music’.

Joel is set to release his first EP as a signed songwriter this Summer, produced by Sony Music Australia’s in house engineer Pete Holz & mastered by Grammy award winning engineer William Bowden.

Single Launch – NOV 17 – Brass Monkey, Cronulla
EP Launch – TBA – TBA

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