Interview – Leslie Bowe

Leslie Bowe is a fantastic musician who has recently released a new EP titled Something Right. I reviewed the EP earlier this year and wanted to find out a little more about Leslie and his music – read the interview below and don’t forget to check the EP out at the end!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released an EP titled Something Right, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the EP and where can it be purchased?

The record was written as a journey of love through sound. Starting from new love, to love lost, then growth found in moving on. This is a lot of what I went through in this last year writing the songs. A Little Kindness is about love growing through kindness.

What does the title refer to?

Something Right encapsulates the final outcome from the journey of discovery; that you can be happy and be in a good place after love or the end of any type of relationship. There’s definitely empowerment in the thought of something right about nothing wrong… or at least in how you let yourself give in to it.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

It definitely did for shows and touring. That all came to a stop. But, it didn’t really affect me much at all for my writing. Most of my writing sessions were always by either Zoom or Google Meets, so I was already comfortable with writing virtually.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

I usually get in a writing room with my co-writers and we throw out titles, melodies or grooves. We’ll usually land on a title or idea that I’m living at that moment, or I’ve recently still got the emotions in me that I can grab onto. The songs then usually write themselves pretty quickly. On this record, I worked with my producer, Ren Renfree, to get a more stripped-down, acoustic, soulful sound. We wanted the songs to breathe like the sessions of the past, where the players didn’t play to a ‘click’ track. The music takes on a life of its own through the stylings and dynamics of each player. I recently visited the famed Muscle Shoals, AL, and toured Fame studios where so many classic songs were recorded. I got the inspiration for this musical direction after spending time in those hallowed halls… definitely a surreal experience.

Do you plan to release any singles in the near future?

Yes, I’ve written several new songs that I’m going to record in the next several months. I’ll be releasing them each as singles, instead doing another EP.

Are there any plans to release another EP or an album anytime soon?

I probably won’t be releasing a CD or EP, just singles for the foreseeable future. But who knows – it all might change tomorrow! This is all coming from the mind of an artist that lives and breathes through the direction of inspiration!

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

Life and experiences influence me the most. I think listeners are very in tune with what’s real and if it isn’t authentic it isn’t gonna cut it. Everything is real with me. If I don’t feel it or I haven’t lived it, I won’t write it.

Whereabouts are you based and what is the music scene like in your part of the world?

I’m currently living in Nashville, TN. I moved here from Pittsburgh, PA, about 5 years ago to pursue professional songwriting. I decided to keep releasing material as an artist while I continue to work towards a publishing deal to write for other artists.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

I just played a pretty big music festival here in Nashville called Musicians Corner. I’ll be playing some local shows here in Nashville and working on some touring dates in US and possibly the UK in the next months to a year.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

It’s gonna have a lot of soul and good vibes! Hopefully you’ll wanna dance at times, just listen at others and maybe even hold back a tear or two. You’ll definitely feel something!!

Any last words for the fans?

I hope some folks take the chance to listen to some of my songs and check me out on social media. I’ll always be honest and deliver a message that is real. I hope to make and meet some new fans out on social media or at a show!