Infectious Magazine had the opportunity to speak with Leighton Antelman about their recent Illuminate tour, road essentials, and who he fan boys over. Check it out below and purchase a CD or buy concert tickets here.
Infectious Magazine: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. How are you?
Leighton: I’m doing good we are on the last leg of this Illuminate tour right now.
How is the tour going for you?
This tour has been insane. We kind of had an idea of what it was going to be but never knew just how crazy it would be! Lydia fans constantly surprise me.
Road Essentials: How do you avoid boredom on the road?
On the road I watch a fair amount of Netflix and buy a movie here or there on iTunes. Other than that, most of the day is filled with driving, soundcheck, food, performing, or meeting fans.
Do you have a favorite song to perform live? If so, which one and why?
There is a song called “Holidays” off of our latest album Devil that is fun to play live. But I don’t think I have a favorite to be honest.
Are there any iconic acts that you draw on when performing?
I honestly don’t really go out to live concerts much. When we get off the road I’m more of a homebody.
You’ve toured with so many amazing acts. Are there any tricks you’ve picked up from other artists?
One of our first tours was with Saves the Day. Their guitar player gave me some advice after the last show. “You guys are a great band keep doing what you’re doing, but you really gotta fire your crew!” Ha, it was good advice our crew was terrible. From then on we have brought out a much better crew and you’d be surprise how much that helps!
Have you ever “fan boy-ed” over anyone you’ve worked with/met?
Ha I don’t think so, we hung out in the back stage area with Snoop Dog at Bamboozle once. I guess that was pretty funny. He literally walked on stage smoking a blunt. I really like the band Stars and we played a festival with them in Colorado a few months ago. That was cool.
You got together in high school and had to find a balance between band-life and school-life. What advice could you offer to young artists looking to do the same thing?
That is a good question, I’m not sure what approach I took to it to be honest. I was always pretty good at the whole school thing so it wasn’t ever too tough for me. I even went to a full year of college when I was 18 before we started hitting the road more.
Do you think you’ve found a more definitive sound?
I always just try and put down whatever is in my brain onto paper. I don’t think you should ever sit down and try and write a “certain” song. So I’m not sure if I’ve found a definitive sound.
Speak of DIY, lots of bands are DIYing their promos now, especially with social media. How do you think social media has shifted the pace of the music industry? Do you think it shifts the playing field for smaller acts that are just starting out?
Absolutely. It really brings the true talent to the top. If you make great music nowadays you will do well period. The days of major labels buying a bands success are still present but happening far less than in the past. As you can probably see labels are all struggling a bit. Bands finally caught on that you don’t need money to become a successful act.
Off the top of your head, what song has been stuck in your head all day?
“Can you feel the love tonight”
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks for the interview and supporting Lydia!
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