Recently, we had the privilege to interview Leon Markcus on his newly repackaged single ‘Circles’. Watch the music video and read on to find out more about his quirks, personality and musical inspirations!
Can you tell us a little more about yourself? How would you describe your personality and why.
I am Leon Markcus, the infamous google generated name. I started doing music at the age of 14, mostly writing for musicians or charity events. I released an E.P called ‘Mannequin’ last year which summarises the struggles of a troubled teen.
My personality best mirror a dog, cat and dolphin. I’ll admit I’m ditsy and aloof, yet antisocial and observant. I enjoy solitude and living in the moment. Moreover, I love spending time with my love ones. The dolphin… I just love dolphins. I think my personality reflects what I lack in life while growing up; such as freedom, companionship, and confidence.
How would you describe your musical style and direction? Tell us more about your musical journey.
When I first started out, I composed mostly bubblegum pop songs, inspired majorly by Katy Perry’s record, “One of the Boys”. At 16, my musical style drew influences from the late 90s to early 2000s. ‘Mannequin’ was heavily influenced by the latter style and direction. My music depends largely on visuals because I used to channel my hay-wired emotions through art before being introduced to writing. This helped to ease my struggles, when younger, and allowed a surge of creativity to flow into my music.
Writing in my bedroom transformed to writing events followed by charities and eventually a record of my own. The most amazing thing about my journey is the opportunity to share and converse with John Green and presenting a song to him.
What inspires your music?
Life struggles, social issues and my own messed up perception of the world.
Share with us about your repackaged single, Cirlcles. What was the greatest challenge and the motivation behind it.
I wanted to ease my listeners into the new tracks that I’ve prepared. I was often asked/requested to do a collaboration with Disco Hue by my fans due to our similar colour palettes. Whilst repackaging Circles, it struck me as a brilliant idea to get Sherlyn Veronica to feature a verse. I wanted to emphasise that a song can be portrayed in a myriad of ways.
What are the future plans for your music?
Releasing my conceptual album, collaborating with more songwriters writing for an animated movie and doing soundtracks for Thai/Japanese romance dramas.
Is there anybody you’d like to give a shout out to?
HELLO DREAMA (My Dog) And everyone whose been in my life since the start.
What are some things you’d like to say to aspiring and budding artistes?
Its’s crucial to always stay to your true-self and never doubt or question yourself. You are you, and that’s it. Use your music or art to express your emotions and let it be an inlet into your world. Lastly, spread love and positivity whenever you can.