Interview with Leeroy Stagger

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Leeroy Stagger’s new Single ‘‘More Love Than Money’’ is out now 

 
Leeroy Stagger is a singer-songwriter based in Canada. The conversation we did was full of inspirational bites. Leeroy fosters us doing the things we say we are going to do with his latest single “More Love Than Money”.
One particular sentence from the interview we had got stuck in my mind: “Artists are generally empathetic beings and can feel themselves in others’ shoes”. I can definitely agree with this. Link in bio for the full interview.

HELLO LEEROY, GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE. YOU RECENTLY RELEASED A NEW SINGLE CALLED ”MORE LOVE THAN MONEY”, TELL US MORE ABOUT THIS SONG AND YOUR STORY SO FAR.

It’s really a case of art imitating life. I wrote it before me and my family packed up all of our possessions, threw them in an airstream trailer and started our new life back on the West Coast of Canada. But the song is exactly about that, starting new chapters, throwing caution to the wind and doing the things we say we are going to do. I’ve spent a good portion of my adult life afraid of my own shadow, Covid has really amplified my need to break out of that old behaviour and live my life as fully as possible.

THIS YEAR YOU ALSO RELEASED ANOTHER TUNE CALLED “DOES ANYBODY LIVE HERE”. WHAT INSPIRED THIS SONG?

Some very close friends decided to break up after quite a while together. I hadn’t expected to fully empathize with them, but that’s exactly what happened. Artists are generally empathetic beings and can feel themselves in others’ shoes. Sometimes this can get us into trouble, and sometimes it can make for great art. I haven’t felt a broken heart from a relationship in a long time but was able to feel those old feelings when I wrote this song.

WHAT ARE THE ARTISTS THAT INSPIRED YOUR SOUND THE MOST AND THE ONES THAT MADE YOU WANNA START A MUSIC CAREER? 

Well that changes each year, Steve Earle was a big influence in me becoming a songwriter. I’ve always loved rock ‘n’ roll and was obsessed with The Rolling Stones and bands like U2 as a kid, but discovering singer songwriters in my early 20s was the thing that changed it for me and inspired me to do this for a living. On this record I wanted, purely for fun and for my own interest, to make a late 60s early 70s Bob Dylan inspired sounding record. I love records like Desire, and Blood on the Tracks. So Dystopian Weekends sonically is a nod to those records.

YOUR SONGS TREATED MANY IMPORTANT THEMES, ALSO TALKING ABOUT POLITICAL IDEOLOGY AND RACE WARS. IN YOUR LONG CAREER WHAT ARE THE IDEALS YOU TRIED TO CONVEY THROUGH YOUR MUSIC AND WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HOPE YOUR AUDIENCE RECEIVES FROM IT?

Well I hope to convey a message of whatever any listener needs at the time. We are living in incredibly strange times, where the idea of the individual is starting to die off and the idea of collectivism is starting to take root. I think the single most important issue on our planet right now is taking care of the environment. That is what I am concerned with right now, but it may not be what everybody else is thinking about. I’ve always hoped my music inspires people to take action in whatever it is in their life that they have been holding off on.

YOU RELEASED 11 ALBUMS AND 2 EPS UNTIL NOW, THAT’S A HUGE DISCOGRAPHY. HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR SONGWRITING APPROACH HAS CHANGED AFTER ALL THESE YEARS OF MAKING MUSIC?

I suppose it’s always been fairly personal, I think I’ve just gotten very truthful over the last three records. There’s not a lot of bullshit to wade through. I’ve also started making records that I would want to listen to as a listener as opposed to what I think people would wanna listen to. LOL.

I’ve also become interested in songwriters like Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen that take a more artistic approach in their lyrics, using metaphor, but most importantly being truthful.

HOW’S THE FOLK AND COUNTRY SCENE IN CANADA AND WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE NEW ARTISTS FROM YOUR AREA?

Yeah the folk and country scene here in Canada has always been fairly strong. I’m really into an artist named Mariel Buckley and Ryland Moranz has made a very strong record called XO, 1945. There’s an artist named Dan Mangan who is a little less folk I suppose but he made a fantastic record a couple years back.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR? 

I’m really happy working as little as possible and spending time with my family. We have been working on my aunt and uncle’s farm and growing lots of food. I’m very happy to not be on the road to be honest. I’m sure there will come a time where I will be busy on the road and playing shows again and I look forward to that time but for now I’m very happy staying low.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?

Take care of yourselves and try to take care of each other if you can.

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