Q&A Scene: Leeli

Tell us about your new single release?

Into the Dark is the first single from my EP Skeletons, It was recorded and produced with my mate Jordan Power in Byron Bay. This track was actually one of the last songs I wrote. One of my best friends brothers got himself into trouble with drugs and then died in a car accident. I was so in shock when I found out I just poured myself a glass of wine and sat down with my guitar. This is what came out.

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

My favourite work would have to be a song called “Runaway”. I actually wrote it for one of my friends who’s a great singer but he just can’t write a good song! It was really fun I sort of pretended to be this male character and wrote him a song, it’s really big and poppy, I listened to heaps of Bruno Mars and Maroon 5 to get it out!

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

hmm tough question, so many stories. How about what I did this weekend. I arrived home from NZ on Saturday night had a wedding gig in Queenstown, was so exhausted but decided to jump in my van and drive 10 hours to Sydney just to see Glen Hansard in concert at the Sydney Opera House. He played about 1 hour and a half overtime.

What, or who, inspires you?

I’m inspired by my surroundings for sure! Also, people and their energy really rub off on me. I’ve been listening to lots of podcasts lately, they are pretty inspiring; songexploder and music business both coming out of the states (I really wanna move there next year), Songwriters who are really honest and don’t change their personal style just because of trends. People like Glen Hansard, Damien Rice and Laura Marling.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

‘One More Dollar’ Gillian Welch; she manages to tell a whole story with minimal lyrics, she has this way of telling the story so the hook has a different meaning each time you hear it. Its very clever something I hope to achieve one day.

What’s next for you?

Touring! I’ve got lots of shows coming up to get me through the year. Then next year I want to hit America. And then find somewhere to record my next album. I can already see what I need to do better and what I’d like to try with the next record.

What’s your scene?
Nature. Music. Wine. Good music and good people.

Leeli releases her most personal work yet, after two years of cultural exploration, travel and writing. Leeli’s new single “Into the Dark” is an emotional reflective observation on addiction and losing loved ones.
Honesty and passion is reflected in her new single Into the Dark, released on October 28th, in which she peels back the layers and returns to the purity of voice and guitar. The single, produced by Jordan Power (Dope Lemon, Xavier Rudd) will be at the heart of a new EP to be released in the coming months.
It reflects a new level of lyrical and musical intensity that Leeli is eager to share with audiences face to face.
“For me it’s about the intimacy of performance,” she says. “That beautiful rawness of telling your story with one guitar and one voice.”Leeli will be performing around the countryside, go catch her live.

Tour Dates
Wednesday 23rd November – The Rails, Byron Bay NSW  
Saturday 26th November – Rhythm Hut, Central Coast NSW  
Wednesday 30th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW 
Thursday 15th December – The Balcony, Byron Bay NSW 

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.