Overwhelmed, I lost my mind! It was not only an incredibly hilarious video to watch and share enthusiastically, but the music was brilliantly arranged and executed in a way that only a gifted musician with an ear for creating and engineering something so open-minded, funny yet absolutely talented, and become an internet star viewed by millions upon millions of viewers, could pull off. The vocals were…let’s see, hmm.. (how do I say) ….oh yeah, AMAZING!
Here is the deal, I caught up with Leo, whose music I’ve been seriously jamming like crazy as of late, to ask him some questions, and get inside the mind of a musical genius and bring you all along for the enlightening ride.
FA: Leo …What’s up bud? First I gotta ask. what made you start making these videos covering tunes like ‘All About That Bass’, ‘Rolling In The Deep’ (my favorite), ‘Like a Virgin’, and so much more?
Leo: Thanks a lot for the kind words! Yeah, I run a music studio here in Norway called Frog Leap Studios. I play mostly acoustic shows so I started doing acoustic cover songs on my You Tube channel to promote myself in my area.
But I come from a metal background, and one day I decided to do a metal cover of Lady Gaga´s Poker Face for fun. Well, that kinda exploded online, and after hitting a million views I decided, “Hey, this could be an awesome thing to do, AND make money off of!” I love music and film stuff, so my life is really good at the moment!
F.A: I already know because I have watched pretty much every video you have done, but what type of recording programs, and/or equipment do you use for most of your recording and these Kick-Ass videos?
LEO: For music I record on ‘Reaper’, which is basically newer recording software, but man.. I really like it! I vary a lot between my 6 and 7-string guitars on the covers, doing all sorts of tuning. Mainly running both my bass and guitar tone through the Kemper Profiling Amp.
Also have to plug to Toontrack products, which I’ve used for many years, which is very good for beginners and one-man-bands, (like myself).
FA: Okay so.. I gotta know what’s the story behind the shirts in the videos? Is it a coincidence or do you purposely wear super hero shirts? (Hehe)