Unhinged and unafraid to let his innermost ideas out into the world, Loveleo is quickly creating his own storm in the music industry. His colorful, surreal, comical, and unpredictable visuals that go along with his music takes his listeners into his surreal world. Having signed with Republic Records in late 2019, Loveleo talks to us about what went into creating his first EP, his experience in the fashion world, and the virality of his music.
Loveleo wears Hamish tartan military-style jacket and pants, Charles Jeffrey Loverboy
Let's talk about your recent EP, Look At This Mess I've Made. Walk us through your experience in creating and releasing your first EP.
Usually, there’s a large amount of pressure on a new artist to have the first project they put out be this perfect representation of them and their sound. I feel like who I am and the kind of music I make is constantly changing and evolving, and I wanted that to be reflected in my first project. The EP is a beautiful mess of genres, emotions, and characters.
Of all the songs in your EP, which are you most attached to?
I would say the song I’m most attached to from my EP is "AHHHHHHH" because I was the most nervous for that one to be released, it’s the most abrasive and out of left field song I’ve ever done. I knew some people wouldn't like it but being okay with that and having the confidence to still put it out taught me to set my own expectations for myself as an artist.
With the pandemic going on, you still found a way to create visually inspiring and appealing videos. Do you believe the pandemic has caused a shift in the way musicians must navigate the Industry?
I feel like, in the past, a lot of artists were able to keep pushing and making because there are constantly things and have constant distractions to keep them busy. This pandemic has caused everything to halt, meaning that there are no more interruptions, and everyone has been forced to look inside. It’s forced people to be a lot more self-reflective. I’ve spent the last couple of months working on my mental health so that I can be happy and continue to create things even when there’s nothing going on to distract me.
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Photography: Anthony Giovanni
Fashion: Edwin J. Ortega
Grooming: Elie Maalouf
loveleo wears a yellow and green floral ruffle shirt, Dries Van Noten.