With a mixture of Hip-Hop beats, Reggae and Ska Grooves and a Rock soul, Rocky Leon shines like the sun from his home, California. A viral video that brought joy to hundreds of thousands of people paved the way from a life of street-performance, hitch-hiking and couch-surfing to playing shows for devoted fans all across Europe and Russia.
With his loop-station, guitar, voice, vocal beat-box and other instruments the One-Man-Band's positive energy soon has the crowd jumping up and down.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pride and pleasure that I am formally announcing the release of my 4th album, Lighting Fires.
When I look around at what is going on in the world, I get the sense that we are losing touch with ourselves and one another. There is too much division and not enough connection. Too much fear and not enough faith. Too much hate and not enough love. Too much shouting and not enough listening. Our world has become so complex. It has become so hard to separate truth from lies. I've found that in times like these it is increasingly important to listen to your heart. Your intuition. Fear is the language of the mind. And our minds have become so cluttered.
Anyway long story short, I like to keep my messages simple and universal. Don't be afraid. The more love is better. Take responsibility for your life. Kinda like a Chinese fortune cookie. No one wants to listen to stupid political songs about how we should stop voting for authoritarian strong men who enable big corporations to destroy the planet while draining the economy by not paying their taxes and then automating everything, thus leaving more people unemployed who then in turn can no longer pay taxes while more and more wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few and society stands on the brink of collapse.
So I made a point of not writing songs about any of that...
PS: You can also get the album on Bandcamp. If you want small mp3s instead of hi res WAVs you can get those there. But if you feel like giving me money just be aware, that Bandcamp takes like 15%. If you give me money right here on through the DOWNLOAD buttons on my website, then it all goes to me. Just so you know. ;P Anyway, here's the Bandcamp link if you prefer that. www.rockyleon.bandcamp.com/album/lighting-fires
All songs written, performed and recorded by Rocky Leon except Warm Warm Water, written by Ben Keeler, and Change the Weather, written and performed by Rocky Leon and El Oso.
Trumpets on Drawer, Burn That Coal and Light Up your Fire as well as the Harmonica on Burn That Coal by VZI (vzi-live-looping.com).
Additional Vocals on Burn That Coal by Antoine Beaudoin Humbert (picarosmusic.org).
Backing vocals on Marie and Change The Weather by Mie. Saxophone on Burn That Coal by Dmitry Rekun.
Recording engineering, additional programming, mixing and mastering by Lukas Wiltschko at LW Sonics (lwsonics.com).
Graphic design by Veronika Šlachtová (slachtova.rocks). Cover photo by Ruslan Zakirov.
Special thanks to Marie Macheiner, Mario Parizek, Carla Weinzierl, my mom and everyone else who supported this project. Love you guys!
© 2019 Rocky Leon Productions
this EP is the first production that features another musician. my bro fabi who's joined me on several tours as my technical assistant, roadie and production manager is infact also a talented pianist who can also sing. we began playing and performing together in the fall of 2014. now we made an album together. weee! X)
on this album we cover a wide range of musical styles as always, but i also deal with a variety of different topics. from the challenge of getting out of bed in the morning to the manipulation of the news, societies obsession with status or the importance of listening to your own needs and standing up for yourself.
i spent the entire summer in the studio while everyone else was enjoying record breaking heat of close to 40ºC almost every day in vienna chillin by the danube river. now that i've finished the temperatures have plummeted to like 10º. god it was like 30º at night for 2 months … you can't imagine. in the middle of the city. i eventually bought an air conditioner for my room or i would have never been able to finish it.
ok rocky, now quit your whining! :D
September 4, 2015
Vocals, Guitar, Production, Recording, Mixing and 'Mastering' by Rocky Leon.
Keyboards, Backing Vocals and Production Consulting by Fabu.
released September 3, 2013
All songs written and performed by Rocky Leon. Produced by Rocky Leon. Co-Produced by Fabian Uitz. Backing vocals on ‘Never Give Up‘ by Sisa Fehérová. Cover photo by Peter Lančarič. Additional photos by Vadim Podgornov, Ksenia But, Ekaterina Golitsyna, Alyonka Molostova, Anastasia ‘Irrr‘ Sokolova, Stas Bir, Libor Fousek, Pingui Boo, Audrey Measson, Andreas Vormayr, Sergey Armodin. Design by Laura Krisch.
￼Thanks to my friends, family and fans for all the support! I love you all. Especially you!
© 2013 Rocky Leon Productions
i’m very pleased to announce the release of my new album entitled (for obvious reasons) Awesome! XD. it is a collection of the work i have done over the last year. in the past i have put a lot of time into producing a lot of music that i often ended up leaving unfinished. often i would put so much time into producing something that the final result was never good enough to justify all the work i’d put into it, so i’d just lose interest and move on. also, music doesn’t tend to get better when it’s overproduced.
i recognized that what makes a song great it the song it self. the idea. the soul. not the packaging. packaging in this case refers to the production. you can have a great song recorded with the simplest means available and it will touch more people then a song recorded by the best studio musicians with the best recording equipment and produced by the best producers that just doesn’t have the heart in it. also, putting a lot of energy into producing is a complete waste if the music is never released.
i decidid to give priority to the soul of the music. i created a workflow that allows me to produce the music extremely fast and learned to finish songs to a level i can live with instead of... more
released October 7, 2009
all songs were written, recorded and produced by rocky leon except the last stand by rocky leon and derek powell and change the weather, by rocky leon and josef hofer.
my name is rocky. i was born in san francisco in 1985 to an austrian mother and a brazilian father. i spent my childhood moving back and forth between austria and california and ended up going to high school and college in austria.
music to me is about celebration. no moping! i enjoy music that expresses intense emotions, whether that be joy or rage. i wanna be moved. in general my music is there to remind me and the world that nothing is as big a deal as we make it seem. singing a happy little ditty about how much i hate everything is my way of not allowing myself to take myself all too seriously.
life is fascinating in all its highs and lows. everything strives towards balance. you can only experience as much joy as you can experience pain. if you’re suffering, consider yourself developing potential for future joy. if you’re happy, enjoy every moment as if it were your last. don’t get attached. everything is changing. always has been, always will.
shut up and dance!
Over the course of the last few years I’ve made some interesting discoveries about life.
Essentially what it comes down to, is the importance of having faith; in believing that things will be good. The future is impossible to predict. There are simply too many factors converging, causing unpredictable outcomes. I don’t ‘know’ if it’ll all be good, but I know that when I feel good everything is easier, and if you ever observe a happy person and an unhappy person you will quickly notice that A more good things happen to the happy person and B that happy people will generally be happy independently of their circumstances, while unhappy people will always find something to complain about.
Everything I know about the world is determined by what I’ve experienced, how I have learned to perceive things and what things I perceive as a result. All the thoughts that I have are there because my brain is reorganizing its perceptions — or rather its interpretations of those perceptions — and drawing conclusions based on patterns that it has learned. My perception is very selective, my interpretations are entirely subjective, and when I remember things I only remember parts of what I interpreted. This means that the level of abstraction and distortion between what actually happens in the world and what I end up learning is so high, that I cannot simply trust my brain.
Language is a great example. I knew a couple that would constantly fight and make up. Almost every time the problem was misunderstanding and miscommunication. One person has learned to use words one way, but the other person has learned to understand words in a slightly different way. This is an unavoidable challenge in our complex world. The big problem is when people interpret something incorrectly and forget that they could easily be wrong because they’re unaware of some critical details. We cannot perceive everything that has brought about a situation. When we begin blindly trusting our interpretations of the world and reacting to them things get very difficult very fast.
When we interact with one another honesty is very important. But what I think is even more important is clarity. I can be as honest as I like, but what good is it if the person misunderstands what I’m saying? If I’ve made sure I know what I want to say, then I also want the other to know what it is I want to say. If I’m just thinking out loud, then I want to make sure the other person knows I’m not claiming to know. Reversely, when someone else says something I don’t like, I ask whether I understood them correctly and try to find out why they said it before I let it upset me.
I cannot simply trust my brain.
If I cannot trust my brain then I can chose to believe what makes sense to my brain, or not. If what makes sense to my brain is that bad things, which I cannot control will happen, it will make me unhappy. I just remind myself that I don’t have all the facts and go ahead and believe whatever makes me happy. There is no sense in worrying about anything. You simply do what you can. Of course this doesn’t mean you can be stupid, but if you know you can’t do anything then worrying will do nothing but drain you of the energy you need to do what you CAN do.
If you’d like to read the long version and my responses to emails people have sent me about all this, please go to http://www.rockyleon.com/how-to-be-happy.