Backstage with Leo Stannard at Neighbourhood Festival

Leo Stannard has recently toured Europe with sold out shows in London, Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne and has spent summer mixing it up at British festivals such as The Great Escape and Glastonbury.

Following the release of his new single ‘Gravity’ featuring Frances, we caught up with Leo after his set at Neighbourhood Festival in Manchester.


You’ve just performed a set at Thirsty Scholar which was amazing! How did you find it?

I thought it went really good, I like a bit of a challenge! It was good fun. Very nice to try and win some people over.

Your lyrics are mature for your age – do you find it easy to write?

Yeah I do. I’ve been writing songs since I was about ten years old, and obviously songs at that age aren’t emotionally mature, but if you get used to the practice of doing it, you get comfortable with it. I don’t have a problem sharing my personal experiences through my song writing, I like it. It’s therapeutic.

Where did you find the inspiration for your song ’19’?

It’s about my girlfriend. We moved to London at the same time, and it was about the strain of being back and forth and me gigging all of the time.

Do all of your lyrics relate to your own personal experiences?

Yeah. I think it’s the same with most song writers. Sometimes it can be personal but not directly – so if it’s your friend who’s going through a certain problem and you’re talking about it, that can be quite an interesting way to write – to get things from their perspective and flush out those issues. There’s only so much one person can feel I guess. I try not to get too repetitive. Sometimes it’s nice to take on that role of exploring somebody else’s personal experiences rather than just my own.

What do you do with your time when you aren’t recording or gigging?

I’m a full-time songwriter, so I also write songs for other people.

That’s exciting! Who do you write songs for?

Loads of artists. Recently a guy called James Smith who has just signed to Universal. I write with most people that have just signed big record deals, I’m trying to help nurture them and get them to where they want to be as artists.

If you could play a show anywhere in the world – where would it be?

Hmmm… I would pick Rio De Janeiro in Brazil because I’ve never been before and it looks amazing. I dunno if i’d have any fans there!

You 100% would after playing a show for them! What would you do if you weren’t in the music industry, have you ever thought about that?

It’s a really hard question to answer because I’ve been into my music ever since I was really young, so it’s hard to imagine myself doing anything else. Probably writing of some form, maybe a music journalist! Something creative.

We know you’re spending a lot of time at the moment writing new material, so can we expect an album from you soon?!

Definitely. It keeps getting pushed back but it’s almost done. We’re getting there, I promise! It will be early next year hopefully and there will be a tour for sure – everything’s happening early next year!