Exposed Vocals Interviews LeLe XO
Exposed Vocals: How did you hear about Exposed Vocals? What made you decide to sign up?
LeLe: I actually found Exposed Vocals on Twitter!
Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
LeLe: I grew up in Sterling Heights, MI. Since I was young, I have always sung and written.. I furthered that by getting invited to a convention in Los Angeles and started working with a producer and knew it was destiny.
Exposed Vocals: How did you come up with that name? What was your inspiration behind it?
LeLe: My boyfriend’s family is actually Macedonian and they always said “LeLe LeLe LeLe” so I thought it was funny to imitate it and they actually started calling me that. It’s a word for “OMG” so it fits perfectly 😉
Exposed Vocals: What do you think about online music sharing? Do you ever give your music away for free? Why?
LeLe: Of course I do! You can’t start from the bottom just expecting people to buy your stuff, you have to prove yourself. I think online music sharing is a great opportunity for all artist to show what they got.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
LeLe: I’d say social media is what’s super important now a days. You can find almost anything online, and sadly it’s just as much about networking as it is the talent.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
LeLe: I’d say everyone makes a mistake at some point. You just have to work with it and look at it as improve not a mistake.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
LeLe: I have not been on a tour but I have traveled to perform. Something interesting always happens.. I went to Atlanta just to find out they had to cancel the show because it wasn’t marketed right.
Exposed Vocals: Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?
LeLe: It’s always different. Sometimes I hear one word and boom! it sounds like a song title. I have the vision for my whole album and it started from my journey in LA.. you meet tons of shady people there which is what influenced me to write a certain way.
Exposed Vocals: Do you have a band website? What online platforms do you use to share your music?
LeLe: yes! www.leleofficial.com
I use all social media!
Soundcloud, youtube, itunes for my music which you can find in the top right of my website.
I also am on Instagram: @iamlelexo
Exposed Vocals: What are some really embarrassing songs that we might find on your mp3 player?
LeLe: Hmmmmm I’m sure there’s some Disney Hilary Duff or Hannah Montana somewhere on there hahahahha.
Exposed Vocals: If you were given half a million dollars and a year off, what would you do? How would you spend it?
LeLe: haha I don’t want a year off! I want to keep making more and more music. I would get so bored.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
LeLe: I’m happy with the studio that I used for my song Power which I feel the quality is right where it needs to be.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
LeLe: I think Twitter is a really good outlet.. Most of my fans use that and it’s a good way for them to share it too.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
LeLe: I’ve heard great things about Madison Square Garden.. that would be a dream. I love love love Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, Eminem, Madonna.. the list goes on. They’ve all been huge inspirations and Madonna and Eminem are from my hometown.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
LeLe: I’m going to re-start my song “Stalker” that I got frustrated with.. The sound isn’t like any of my other songs.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
LeLe: That I have no idea about. I like makeup and marketing but can’t really picture myself doing that.
Exposed Vocals: Do you remember buying your first album? Who was it? What was going through your head?
LeLe: I’m pretty sure it was Spice Girls or Britney Spears, I was obsessed with both of them and would dress up, sing, dance, and make my own music videos.
Exposed Vocals: How do you juggle the rest of your responsibilities while trying to stay ahead in your music life?
LeLe: That’s where it can sometimes get challenging because we all have to make a living. I’ve had a lot of help from family which I’m super grateful for.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in 2015?
LeLe: I think it’s about time to finish the album, yeah? We were just working on a radio campaign which is huge for me.. the next step is traveling, which I am MAINLY excited about.. that’s where my true love lies.
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