Steve McLeod

Steve McLeod
Raised in a musical family, Steve McLeod at an early age was exposed to a diverse range of music. His father, a guitarist, introduced Steve to the likes of George Benson and Joe Pass while his brother, a drummer, would introduce him to the styles of The Police, Steely Dan, Van Halen, Toto, Donny Hathaway and The Beatles.

It wasn't until Steve saw Prince's Purple Rain that it clicked. Although too young to understand the movie, he connected with the music. "After seeing Purple Rain, I was hooked. I Would Die 4 U still gives me that feeling when I hear it."

How do you describe your music to people, Steve?
Rock with elements of soul.

Tell me more about how you originally got into your craft.
Both my dad and brother are musicians. I was really lucky, growing up there was instruments around the house. When I was 4 my parents started me on classical piano. Did that for almost 14 years. During that time I picked up the bass, drums and eventually got hooked to the electric guitar.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Write songs!

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Trying to run the business without letting things get in the way of creative energy.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Doing what I'm doing now. Playing and writing music. At one stage however, I did have a dream to play in the NBA. But then I woke up and realized I was no good at basketball.

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. Being multicultural, it open my eyes to so many things. I realized that there is so much I didn't know. Same goes for music. I'm open to everything. I don't listen for genre or styles.

What other artists out there do you love?
AC/DC, Silverchair, Sarah Blasko, Taxiride, Australian Crawl, Cold Chisel, Diesel, Empire of the Sun, Jet.

What does your future hold?
Make more music....After my Japan tour last month I came back really inspired to get into my 2nd album, which I'm working on at the moment. Hoping it'll be out first quarter 2010!