Leolyxxx - Interview

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1.Before i encountered your art, and began to focus more heavily on it, i met you through record collecting online and this was early 2000's. As we both had a joint passion back then for rare soul music, i guess as someone who draws some inspiration from music myself i wanted to ask you how much if at all music influences your own practice.

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Music influences me very heavily, buying records and finding new music is a never dying passion for me and i think it always will be. I get inspired by lyrics, atmospheres and whatnot besides the obvious fact that record sleeves and labels are often very inspirational. Also working with a lot of music people who needs graphics for records, stores, merch or whatever it's just a perfect way to combine interests.

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2.I recently came to one of your shows in Stockholm "Plants" i came straight from the airport to the opening, and was suprised that it was on in a basement where i had to ring a bell, but once inside it was great like a private art party, without asking to state the obvious i was going to delve a little deeper and ask what was the premise behind the title and the driving force that lead the theme for that show?

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I haven't done so many solo shows in that sense and a friend who works at that venue asked me if i wanted to exhibit something there. The theme itself came about when i had a period of time of just doing stuff for other people so i asked myself what i would've drawn if it was just something i wanted to draw for fun and the answer was plants. Plants, flowers and just organics shapes seems to come natural so i thought of doing something that i could do without putting too much time into it, i was home almost fulltime with my then 1,5 year old son so time was crucial.

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3.There seems to be a nice laid back but at the same time bold line style to scandinavian illustration with artists like yourself and Finsta leading the field what word you would use to describe your style?

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Only one word? It's really hard to put a finger on it and there's a lot of good people over here that are doing a broad variety of styles but for me it's a lot about trying to get my ideas to shine through as bright as possible and to have fun while working. I know if i get excited about an idea and know that it will be fun and worthwhile executing it, i can work very hard in getting everything right.

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4. You recently worked on a project animating the music videos now world famous William Onyebour tracks, released by Luaka Bop records, its an interesting meeting of minds having you making artwork for an introverted African musical genius the 80's, guided by Talking Heads legend David Byrne, How did Earth contact Mars on this occasion ?

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Eric Welles at Luaka Bop contacted because he had seen my work via Studio Barnhus who i did a logo for and asked me to something for them. He had heard i was into Onyeabors music and we both felt it was easy to work together so everything turned out really great. I am very proud to in a small sense be part of his legacy so i'm glad they contacted me, we got some other projects in the works as we speak but more info on that laters.

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5.Stockholm to me seemed a very clean city i know your not nessacarily of graffiti orientation but do you feel the zero tolerance approach your country has towards Graffiti, even going as far as having very few legal walls to paint is good or bad for the general culture and atmosphere|?

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Always a tough subject, the zero tolerance laws is now revoked here and it's a lot of talking about graffitti but to a point where politicians and media want in on the action and all of a sudden it's a big art happening. Art happenings are super cool and important but it's not really the graff i like, i think tagging and more juvenile works are more flavourful in general but i am definetly stoked to see what the future will bring. We got a lot more legal walls now and a lot of other people are getting hyped on spray art so i guess that's cool.

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6. Fluorescent Smogg recently released a Micro Edition with yourself entitled "Tropical Dream" that was super dreamy infact i have one in my house and im looking at it as i type what was story behind that

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It was acctually a poster i did in 2009, i was very much inspired by polish posters from the 60s and 70s at that time and i guess i wanted to try something of my own. The original one is a mixed media between spray, acrylics, guache and ink pencil on grey paper so it's a wee bit different from the repro we did for Fluorescent Smogg. But i happy we got a version of it out, i had some folks asking for it over the years and the screen printing worked really well for that graphic.

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7.Finally lets finish on a musical flavour where you and me started out 10 years ago, give me a top five

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Ok here we go, since you and i met in rare soul collecting i'll give you a blast from the past and show you my top 5 soul 45s i wish i had never sold:

Guitar Ray - you're gonna wreck my life

Melvin Moore - all of a sudden

Bobby Reed - time is right for love

Exits - under the street lamp

Barons - kid's stuff

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