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Leon comes from a musical family, he had his Dad, Grandads, and Uncles to share jam sessions and musical experiences with from a very young and impressionable age. Leon's Dad introduced him to the guitar and the world of rock music at the age of 5. Growing up in and around Reading, Leon was naturally immersed in regular jam sessions with his family and friends, honing his skills in Blues, Folk, Rock and Jazz to name a few. After a while, whether he realized it or not, music became Leon's path. It was around the age of 7, after realizing he already had a serious talent on the guitar, his parents got him classical guitar lessons with teacher Terry Bryanton. By the time he was around 16 years of age, he had completed his Grade 7, was in 3 bands and about to head to Reading College of Music & Art.
Throughout school and college Leon was always busy playing; always jamming, starting new bands and becoming a part of new projects. It was at college where Leon met Aqua Levi, a reggae singer who inspired and mentored Leon's love and interest in Carribean music. Leon then managed to get bank funding to enroll into The Academy of Contemporary Music, where he became an extremely popular guitarist among other musicians on both Performance and Production courses. Before he left ACM with a BA (hons) in Music Performance, he had already been on several UK tours, played on many studio recordings and been put forward for an Audition for a world tour with UNKLE.
Leon then moved to London immediately and quickly ended up becoming a regular gigging and recording guitarist with countless artists, such as Hempolics, Paulo Nutini, DJ Vadim, Outmode, Frank Hamilton, Megan Henwood, Roots Manuva and Bananklan among others. He also curated his own project with his good friends - The Drop. It was only a short matter of time before his talents got noticed by the likes of Joss Stone and Natty.
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He was very easy to speak to and made me feel comfortable when I was nervous going into the class. He was extremely knowledgable and experienced, and definitely inspired me to practice more! He also accommodated my random chatter and jokes... :)
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