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US EDM artist LEO drops hot new track, ‘Heatwave’
- Rising star of the EDM world
- Track showcases LEO’s vocal debut
- Has been featured on influential EDMTunes website
The forested foothills of America are an unlikely source of EDM bangers, but if we’ve learned anything this year, it’s to expect the unexpected. LEO, who dropped his incredible new track ‘Heatwave’ during July, is paving the way forward for EDM from the depths of rural New Hampshire. Raised on the likes of Swedish House Mafia and Tiesto, LEO has created a track that will get stuck in your head and on your speakers.
‘Heatwave’ is a pumping, hands-in-the-air anthem built around a relentless four-to-the-floor beat and the kind of drops that can electrify a dancefloor at fifty paces. Its syncopated bass and simple-yet-effective synth hooks make it the perfect addition to any summer playlist — especially now we’re allowed to get together and go out again (safely).
LEO has released several tracks so far, including ‘Flying Star’, ‘Journey’, ‘Warning’, and ‘Might’, all of which have been well-received. What makes ‘Heatwave’ special is that this is the first time Leo has added his own vocals to a track. “Like all of my tracks, it started from a simple melody,” LEO explains of the track’s genesis. “But it then required a lot of attention to detail. I wanted to make sure it was flawless.” The initial inspiration for the track came from Martin Solveig’s 2015 feel-good monster ‘Intoxicated’, but LEO very much wanted to create something in his own style — something he’s more than succeeded in doing.
LEO hails from Colorado and currently resides in New Hampshire. His life changed forever when a friend showed him Tomorrowland, a documentary “after-film” about one of Europe’s most popular EDM festivals. Entranced, LEO (born Marvin Harris) suddenly knew what he wanted to do with his life.
The version of EDM he has developed gives a very European genre a distinctively American feel. Despite being relatively fresh on the scene, he’s already begun to attract attention, getting a feature on EDMTunes — the go-to resource for EDM fans — and Grimes magazine. Words like “influential”, “addictive”, and “electrifying” accompany him everywhere.
LEO’s biggest show to date has been in the Cannon Mountains of New Hampshire, as rarefied a venue as you’re likely to find. Even up-and-coming EDM stars aren’t immune from pandemics, however, and his live ambitions have had to be scaled back this year. To get around this, he hopes to begin playing live DJ sets across his social media accounts. He also talks of an enigmatic “phase two” to be launched in August.