New York City singer-songwriter Lena Leon joined us at the Nexus Lounge Miami for a great chat about her journey in music from the start to the future, and we got to know her with some rapid-fire questions. The EDM Award’s Best New Artist nominee creates intoxicating tracks at the intersection of pop and dance music, earning the artist millions of Spotify plays and #1 spots on the charts worldwide.
Leon sat down with us during a busy Miami Music Week as she geared up to perform with The Disco Fries at the EDM Awards the following day. But first things first: before heading to our interview and delivering a killer award show performance, Leon enjoys a beach day when the artist touches down in Miami. “Just to center me and get a little bit of a tan going,” she explained, “and relax before the Miami Music Week madness.”
From there, we dug into Leon’s journey with music and songwriting. The artist revealed how withstanding bullies as a kid initially led her to write music. “My escape was to run home to my piano and write a song about it,” she said vulnerably. But, of course, the story gets better…
Today, the musician has collaborated with artists such as Tritonal and Tiesto. Her body of work proves an impressive ability to adapt to the sounds and goals of each project (something she spoke about during our chat at Nexus Lounge as if it were easy). For example, Leon let us in on writing “Midnight Rapture” with Anabel Englund. The two collaborated over a Zoom call mid-pandemic. As they worked on writing new words over the original melody of Blonie’s iconic “Rapture,” the part that ended up sticking was an added rap section. “I did not think that I ever write a rap over Zoom,” Leon laughs, “But here we are, and she killed it.”
We also got some insight into what’s next for Lea Leon– in particular; the singer-songwriter shared her excitement for putting out more solo tracks in the future. “We need to get more women out there in the dance world,” she said on that note, “and I’m so excited to hopefully be an influence and help other women realize that they can do this, especially vocalists. It’s hard out here for us.”
Check out our entire conversation at the link below to hear Lena Leon speak more about her journey in music, the importance of a sound support system, and why success involves “enjoying the little achievements along the way.”