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Meet Leo Pastel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leo Pastel.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. I’m in a family of 6 and all of us sing. I started out in church choirs etc. When I was in middle school, my dad built a studio for all of us to record out of. I started learning the ins & outs of audio engineering and getting comfortable in the studio. I spent years recording myself and working on my artistry before I felt that I was ready to release something to the public. Summer of 2018, I released my first single “Woah” (feat. Muwosi) and it instantly gained a lot of traction. From that song, I got some really cool opportunities to work in the music industry and I have been building ever since. Currently, I’m most excited about a band I just joined, Hard Car Kids. We are a group of 6 artists, each with our own unique style. We just released our debut single “Real Life” and it is out on all streaming platforms!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has definitely not been smooth. I am from Ohio, there’s not a lot going on out there in terms of industry connects. I deal with some mental health issues, like many artists today, and it has made it hard to stay consistent with releasing & working on music. It’s really hard to get a foot in the door in the music industry. Most people only want to help you out if they see where they can benefit, which is understandable, but is not how I like to form my relationships. Through it all, I try to keep peace and have a positive outlook on everything. I know this will all work itself out.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a songwriter and vocalist. I am most proud of my writing ability. I think the way I write sets me apart from the crowd. My goal is to spread love throughout the community with my words and melodies, whether it is myself singing or another artist.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think staying true to myself is most important to my success. If I keep doing what I am doing I know it will work out.

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Annie Noelker, Justin McKinney

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