London-based Timoleon Veremis, aka Leon of Athens, is the singer-songwriter you should be listening to. Having released his debut UK album, Global, in 2014, Leon has just unveiled the first track from his next album, and it’s a banger.
“Aeroplane” is a beautiful indie-pop track, with uplifting guitar riffs and an effortless ease. Intertwining elements of folk, it’s a charming song that will be the perfect soundtrack to your Bank Holiday weekend beer garden/BBQ plans.
We grabbed a moment with the experimental songwriter in between gigs to find out all about him.
What music did you listen to growing up?
I grew up constantly snooping into my older brother’s large variety of records. Fortunately, he had great taste. Some of the first artists I fell in love with were David Bowie, The Beatles, Queen, Stone Roses, The Waterboys, Talking Heads, Roxy Music, Nick Drake, Sinead O’Connor.
Who would you say are your main musical influences?
Grizzly Bear, Bon Iver, Tame Impala, Mgmt, Coldplay, Lykke Li, Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, Florence and The Machine.
You are currently living in London. How does the British music scene differ from Greek?
The British music scene is the centre of the musical world whereas the scene in Greece is local and still developing.
“What I like most about this record is that it has a variety of moods.”
Can you tell us about your newest track “Aeroplane”?
“Aeroplane” is a song of conflicting emotions, hinting at modern day love in the digital world.
It comes from your upcoming album. What can we expect from the record?
What I like most about this record is that it has a variety of moods.
How does your new album differ from 2014’s debut, Global?
I believe it has a fresher, bolder and more produced sound. I’d also like to think it’s my most mature songwriting to date.
You’ve just finished a UK tour. What’s your favourite thing about performing live?
Everything about it. It’s what I enjoy most in what I do and in music in general.
What else do you have planned for 2017?
We are planning a European and UK tour in September and a series of live shows until then.