Who is Leah Culver? Her name probably not familiar in Indonesia. However, back in USA, her name is one of the DJ to be reckon with. Thanks to our friends at Raver Magazine, we can have the interview with her during Imagine Music Festival 2016
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who is Leah Culver and what is her story?
Hi my names Leah Culver and I own 7 cats. Just kidding! The landlords out here are so strict. I have no fur family unfortunately! I find solace in painting messy paintings of strange creatures and finding new beer. I live for being outside among trees and looking up at the sky because it gives me something that I have only ever found in one other thing and that’s making music. I always feel the most myself when writing music and singing. As long as I can remember I’ve always sang, when I'm happy, when I’m sad, or when I’m just walking around.
What style of music do you enjoy the most?
I like watching acoustic performances of different singers that I obsess over in different time periods. I love raw vocals and sound. You can really see people when they are singing live. Stylistically I love all sorts of music, I can appreciate everything from hip hop, slow laid back tempos like Bon Iver, melancholy textured like Lana Del Rey all the way up to shouting punk bands at 170 bpm. As long as there is a pure energy and realness to connect it feel right to me. I have trouble connecting to country music but that’s a different tale storm I’m not mentally prepared to concur. I like anything that feels real, I love raw intense vocals.
The song “Ex Is A Loser” had a catchy summer vibe and witty lyrics. What is the inspiration for this song?
Haha! What a wild card this one was, had a lot of fun with this it! My intentions are to help those filter their emotions in a way that helps people get through their sometimes intense feelings after a break up. If I can prevent a tire from being slashed because they shout the lyrics for a week I’m a happy girl! This song wasn’t about anybody I know personally but I think it’s a fun play off of a very relatable experience that we as humans all go through! I hope it helps people get through the sometimes heavy experience in a fun light hearted way!
Who is your biggest inspiration in music?
That is a very tough question, I can appreciate so many artist for their work ethic, vocal runs and textures, sounds, sound design, production, and especially I admire great lyricists. Some people I greatly admire and draw from are Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, Halsey, Hayley Williams, Brendon Urie, Adele, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Bjork, and many more. My biggest inspiration right now is Brendon Urie and his incredible producer Jake Sinclair on the Death of a Bachelor album. That album is scared to me that last few months. Incredible work!
Among other music genre, why you did you choose EDM? What’s the “A-Ha Moment” for you to decide it?
Honestly I don’t know that I’ll ever be stuck on as far as one genre or sound. I’m just in love with making music and sometimes things come out that aren’t standard EDM and then we have to decide if we put it out or where it goes. I want to put out everything I make because it’s real and it means something. I want to bridge the gap of where EDM is and where I feel it’s going which is more live. I’m still figuring out what I am but what I know is I’m completely enveloped and high off of being in the studio making things, whether it’s an EDM dubstep tune, a Tokyo inspired pop track, or a straight rock song inspired by Joan Jett. I hope to continue creating what I feel, hoping these songs translate.
What’s the biggest challenge for you as a DJ?
The only challenge is what you decide is a challenge, and I feel extremely grateful to get to do what I do. I’m having a lot of fun and I see the whole thing as a playground. The hard work is the fun part!
The future plan for Leah Culver, tell us!
I’ve finished my Radiance EP that has a slew of different songs aimed to send a positive message. I’m working on my fall EP that’s at a quicker more aggressive tempo and I’m announcing more tour dates this week with plenty more fun and exciting surprises to come!
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