Getting To Know... Brother Leo

Having already developed a reputation as one of Sweden's most renowned songwriters, emerging artist Ola Svensson aka Brother Leo has now delivered his long-awaited debut album 'PoP Poetry'.

Featuring collaborations with Neiked, Fat Boy Slim, Björn Yttling (Peter Bjorn and John), Fred Gibson (Fred again...), London Community Gospel Choir, and Steve Mac (Chvrches, Ed Sheeran), 'PoP Poetry' instantly marks itself as a fresh and forward-thinking release. Combining traditional pop aesthetics with a distinctly creative flair gives this new collection a warm and embracing feeling, brimming with rich and soaring melodies.

So with the new album available now, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and influences over the years.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

I’d say the piano even though I basically got forced by my mum to start taking lessons when I was about 5. But I gradually just fell in love with it more and more. And today I'm super thankful she made me do it.

What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

I’ve always loved all different kinds of genres. I grew up in a family where there was everything from Classical music to 2 Pac in the speakers.

What was the first album you remember owning?

I think it was ”Exodus by Bob Marley”.

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

Oof that’s a hard one.. maybe ”Imagine - John Lennon”.

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

I had the same pair of slippers in the studio for like 4 years when writing my debut album ”PoP Poetry”.. They became more and more important for every session I had and some kind of lucky symbol for me. I remember I forgot them on one writing trip to London almost panicked so I got one of my friends to send them over.

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

At the moment, I'm listening to a lot to ”D’Angelo - Black Messiah”, Lykke Li and Miike Snow.

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

I’d say Robyn, the queen of pop.

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

To be able to express myself, both through the writing process and being on stage. And of course, those moments when you see how your music connects to other people is magic and the reason for doing this.

And what is the most frustrating part?

I’d say the short answer for me is ’social media’. But I’m starting to get my head around it more and more.

And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?

Don’t overthink, just trust your gut.


Brother Leo's debut album 'PoP Poetry' is available to stream now. Check out the new lead single 'Hello Life' in the player below.