A dramatic indie beat opens Leon Adan's latest track, "Distress Call." Leon's masterpiece is a collaborative effort with fellow musician Dave Tirio, (Plain White T's), a familiar collaborator of Leon's.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Leon Adan is a Latino singer/songwriter that has been steadily rising to prominence with the release of his bands Unsound Sunday's first self-titled album in 2018 and his recently released solo album "Distress Call," fresh to this year's music scene.
The titled track "Distress Call" off his latest album is a high-octane alt-rock experience with racing electric guitars and ticking percussions; the sound profile expertly exemplifies a distressing atmosphere.
Leon's voice is deep and trance-like as he delivers the track's verses and comes to the chorus. His voice layers a soft harmony over his steadfast, almost robotic-like lyrical delivery. The layers of synthesized tones levitate the song to a cosmic atmosphere and add another dimension of sound over the charged rock instrumentation. The chorus chugs forward like an out of control locomotive as Leon sings, "I ran to the other side, struck by a shadow" make the listener wonder what another side Leon is referring to. Is this why he's sending out a distress call? Has he crossed over? Answer Leon's call and check out "Distress Call" today.
Can you start by telling us a bit about yourself and how long you have been making music?
I am a Latino singer/songwriter/producer. I first began performing and releasing music with my band Unsound Sunday as the lead singer/guitarist. However, I've been creating music since I was 12 years old. While on quarantine from the COVID-19 pandemic, I came across a crazy idea to complete an entire album from scratch within 1 month. That is when I decided to create my own project and release a solo album under my alias, Leon Adan. Your latest single "Distress Call" is a racing alt-rock track that really entrances the listener. Can you tell us a bit about the song and the meaning behind it? "Distress Call" is actually a personal song. The lyrics are inspired by that feeling of being alone and searching for help. It could feel like you are trapped and no matter what you do, you can't get out. To some extent, I feel that everyone at some point in their life has found themselves in a relatable situation. Dave Tirio and I also gave the instrumentals in this song a lot of thought by incorporating elements that related to a 'distress call' theme. For example, we included a distress signal that is used to ask for help, and also added some sirens. "Distress Call" is your first solo album, how does it feel to have it finished and available for the public to devour?
It's crazy to know that I was able to create this 13-song solo album within a month in my swampy garage! I am really proud and excited to have the opportunity to share this album with the public. This album means a lot to me because I not only wrote all these songs myself, but I recorded everything from vocals, guitars, drums, keys, and bass. Within the 1-month period, I also learned how to mix and master the album myself. I had so much fun creating this album and I had the pleasure to collaborate with amazing friends such as; Dave Tirio of Plain White T's, Tony (Rinaldi) Trombone of Iration, Eric Vorel of TLB, Marilou Lopez of Yooforea, and my little brother Geo. In this album, I also included a very special song that paid tribute to my friend Ivan Solis; in which I featured his vocals and keys. It's an amazing feeling and great accomplishment to know that I was able to record everything, and even do a stop motion music video for "Distress Call" with the help of my beautiful lady Xiomara Del Pilar and our very good friend Cynthia Calvillo. I hope everyone can enjoy this album as much as I enjoyed making it. You mentioned you have collaborated a few times with Dave Tirio. What do you feel Dave was able to bring to your latest release?
Dave is such a talented and amazing person! Not only did he bring his creativity but also his support. He inspired me to continue creating music, experiment, and step out of the "norm." Collaborating with Dave not only created a closer friendship but also demonstrated that cross-genre can really work.
What has been keeping you inspired throughout 2020?
By being able to find some extra time to myself during this quarantine, I got a chance to express all the ideas I constantly have but can never work on because of the stress of our daily life. What gives me hope and pushes me to continue creating music, is the support I have received from not only my friends, family, and fans, but also those artists who collaborated with me in this album. The positive feedback I have been getting after the release of my first ever solo album has now inspired me to create a second album! This album will be even more unique and special than my first. I will be telling the story of one particular person for each of the songs I write on this album.