Q: I admire the juxtaposition of explicit lyrics along with your soothing voice. What inspired you to write “You’re Home…Finally”?
PleasePrettyLeah: I was missing someone, mix that with being intoxicated and a chaotic mind and there you have, YHF. The operatic start was more of an enticement before I dropped in to what I really wanted to say.
Q: I see that you began your career at the age of 13 working with established artists such as DJ Moky and DJ Apostle. What did you take away from that experience, and what did it teach you about the industry at such a young age?
PleasePrettyLeah: That I should’ve continued with music and pushed myself harder. However, with such growth and time away I was able to truly explore the type of artist I want to become and the messages I wanted to get out.
Q: Walk us through you and NEONE the Wonderer’s production process in making “You’re Home…Finally”
PleasePrettyLeah: The way NEONE and I create is the same, I send over the acapella (that’s how I write) and NEONE produces the beat, we then set up a call to go through it and change anything that I feel needs to be changed, but I feel we are both in sync so it’s never much that is needed to be changed. NEONE is a true genius that I am incredibly grateful to work with.
Q: How has getting a degree in Counseling Psychology impacted the way you create music?
PleasePrettyLeah: I think I am just more accepting of my journey. I know and understand my triggers, I I able to take responsibility for my sometimes, irrational thoughts, however without them, I wouldn’t be the creative that I am today. I suppose I can also deliver the message without sometimes saying it directly.
Q: Which artist would you most love to collaborate with?
PleasePrettyLeah: I can’t choose one but it would be out of Sevdaliza, FKA Twigs, Totally Enormous Extint Dinnosours, JAMES BLAKE! Post Malone.
Q: I see that you’ve been in the industry since you were very young. What first got you into music?
PleasePrettyLeah: I started writing from around the age of 6, my dad would play some chords and I would write to them.
Q: What do you like to do when you aren’t working on music?
PleasePrettyLeah: I work with young people leaving the care system and transitioning in to adulthood. I also enjoy running, exploring nature and enjoying down time with loved ones.
Q: If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
PleasePrettyLeah: There’s a few but I’d say increasing the single stream rate so that smaller independent artists could actually afford to make a living without being restricted to jobs that aren’t always good for our wellbeing and also to be able to actually afford to pay for studio time, music videos, mixing, mastering, PR etc as most small artist use their savings or employment wages to work on their dreams. Which can be difficult if you’re a parent, maintain a home and have multiple outgoings.
Q: What would you like to say to your fans out there?
PleasePrettyLeah: I am so grateful that you even take the time to listen to me and most importantly take me in and accept me for the artist that I am, am becoming and most certainly will be x.
Interviewed by Melissa Cusano