Leo Maia (Progressive Rock/Metal Singer)

Leo Maia
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In this offering, we are very pleased to get up close and personal with Brazilian progressive rock/metal singer, composer and producer Leo Maia.

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

That’s a long way back :D. I got a bunch of vinyl from my dad, but thinking now where I spent my first money to buy one, I think it must’ve been one of the King Crimson records. I think it was a batch purchase that included ‘Larks Tongue in Aspic’, ‘Red’, ‘Lizard’ and ‘Starless and Bible Black’

The record that made me want to make music was…

I’ve always wanted to make music, and i think that started once my dad put me in a chair while i was 6yo and pressed play on Pink Floyd The Wall. When someone asks me what is a childhood playtime i had with my dad i answer “I liked to play the wall”. He would shake the chair as the airplane fell.

The record I’ve played more than any other is…

King Crimson – Lizard

The record that always make me feel good is…

King Crimson – Islands

The record I turn to when I’m feeling down is…

Mutantes – Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol or Yes – Fragile

The record with my favorite cover art is…

Yes – Fragile

The strangest LP I own is…

Arrigo Barnabé – Clara Crocodilo (it is wild lol)

The rarest LP I own is…

It must be Terreno Baldio – Terreno Baldio or Som Nosso de Cada Dia – Snegs. Brazilian 70s prog is pretty rare these days

The last LP I bought was…

Terreno Baldio – Terreno Baldio. I found it for sale and bought it and shipped it to my dad’s, he is bringing it to me from Brazil to Canada next month, but i already own it 😀

Leo Maia’s latest single, Sonhos, was released on August 5, 2022, and is available for download here.

About Leo

Leo Maia’s philosophy is to make modern prog rock that is accessible with a primary focus on song writing. Drawing from a wide range of influences the complexity in his music derives from jazz-based harmonies and modulations (key changes) for conveying emotions through musical narratives. Leo Maia began producing and releasing music in the wake of a difficult personal experience. Following a spontaneous total collapse of the left lung leaving him in a hospital bed with draining chest tubes for over a week, he decided to begin his solo project. Leo’s first single “Pneumothorax” was written about this major life event. The new release “Sonhos” sought influence from artists including King Crimson, Mogwai, Oceansize, Mutantes, Bjork, Ayreon, Gentle Giant, Sigur Rós, Dream Theater and Pink Floyd. Conceptually this single takes on a very different narrative into the contradictory nature of chasing dreams amidst the mundane aspects of life.


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