Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a 36-year-old singer-songwriter, producer, painter, radio host, husband, and Dad.
How did you get your start in music?
I played in punk rock bands in my late teens, hooked up with a band called Hot Hot Heat and started off my solo career under their guidance for a while.
How have you evolved in your 17 years as a singer/songwriter?
There have been so many evolutions over the years, too many to list them all but I’m very grateful to have gotten to a point where I know when a song or recording is truthful enough for me to call done. I’m not too worried about what others think of what I’m doing either. That’s an incredibly freeing thing.
How would you describe your musical style?
I just go where the path leads, I don’t need to be pigeonholed by a specific genre, as long as its got heart and soul I’m into it.
How do you approach your songwriting process?
My process usually starts with a seed of an idea like a song title or a chorus thing and I go from there. I’ve gotten a little bored of my regular process, so I’m waiting on where to go next with it all. I’ve got some ideas on how to get that rolling but will probably have to wait till the winter to try it all out.
What can you tell us about your latest single, “Strange Attractor”?
It’s a bit of a meditation on interconnectedness and impermanence but with guitars and synthesizers, ha! Musically it’s definitely outside the box for me.
You’ll release your second album of the year in September with “Strange Path”. How did you come to the decision to release two albums in such close proximity (with “Me and the Mountain” out in May 2019)?
I had both of these albums cut and thought they might be a double album but realized they were so stylistically different that they should be released separately. Me and the Mountain isn’t as commercially palatable as Strange Path so it didn’t get the big push but I love it just as much.
How do these albums complement each other?
I’d probably leave that up to the listener to decide. For me, I think there is a thread in the message for sure.
You’re in the midst of a tour. What’s the audience experience like at one of your live shows?
We have really beautiful fans that we really try to connect with on a human spiritual level, whether it be on a musical level or through the universal messages in the songs we sing. I would imagine it would be as cathartic for the audience as it is for us.
What advice would you have for aspiring musicians?
Be yourself, try and find your own voice and walk your own path. Look out for the markers that those that came before have left for you.
What’s your life like outside of music?
Busy! I have a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old, hahaha. I’ve started running lately and I’m training for a half marathon, and there’s also yoga and some fly fishing between family stuff.
Let the readers know where to find you online.
Oh that’s easy! Leeroystagger.com I’m on Facebook and Instagram too ️