LEAH JEAN EXPLAINS LEAH JEAN
I am starting to encounter more situations in which I am asked by industry professionals and music business gurus how to "describe my sound". I realize the importance of doing this; not solely from a professional standpoint, but for my own self-understanding, so that I might weave better art into this complicated, beautiful world.
When creating music, I am honest, emotional, intimate, and sensory focused. Every instrument is saying something and every sound is clear and pointed. I am simply relieving the weight in my chest and it can come out as a complicated as a cryptic metaphor or as simple as a 3 word repeated hook. Sometimes my words can be laced with satire like Vonnegut’s “so it goes” and sometimes they can be as fiery and desperate as a captured dragon. And if the work doesn’t have a point or purpose, scrap it. I cannot create without intention. If I am angry because someone seemed to understand what it means to love deeply and then fled the responsibility, I’ll write about that very thing. If I am happy because Mom told me something beautiful about living, I will write about that very thing. It’s really a simple task and yet sometimes I am afraid of it because I don’t want to create something silly that listeners can’t relate to. But I think I am actually pretty relatable, just as you are, just as everyone on this planet is, no?
"Ooh, there's a little bit of me inside you, gathering what you lost. Ooh, there's a little bit of you in everyone, can never keep a secret." - Me In You by Kings of Convenience