The Dreamy Music From Canada: An Interview With Leif Vollebekk

Written by Jack Andrew Cribb

For those of you who don’t know, Leif Vollebeck is a singer/songwriter based in Montreal, Canada. He plays a dreamy blend of folk and soul, crooning over the smooth piano-based melodies he creates. In anticipation of Vollebekk’s upcoming album Twin Solitude, we got in touch with the Canadian songwriter to ask a little about himself and his craft.

Please state your name, hometown and age.

Leif Vollebekk. Ottawa, Canada. 105 years old

Have you had any formal music education?

I took violin lessons from the age of six until I was fourteen.

When did you first get into music?

At the tender age of 6.

Who would you say are your biggest musical inspirations?

Ray Charles Robinson, Bob Dylan and Prince.

Do you think growing up in Montreal helped shape your music today?

Yes, it’s not only the performances of fellow musicians, but also their recommendations of what to listen to. 

Let’s get to the music. Tell us about your new project Twin Solitude. What was the recording and writing process behind it?

The idea was to keep things free-flowing and natural, without too much thinking. 

What is the aim of the project?

Just wanted to make a record. 

What do you want your listeners to take from the music?

Anything they want.

Do you think your sound has evolved since 2013’s North Americana?

I like to think so. But mostly, I’ve begun playing in time. I didn’t used to do that.

Who would be your dream collaboration?

Unfortunately, for that we’d need a gravedigger.

Who are you listening to right now?

Kjartan Sveinsson. 

What’s the plan for 2017? Should we expect a tour?

Yes, and I’ll be at the Deaf Institute in Manchester on April 2nd.

If you could be a cocktail, what would you be and why?

To be honest, that sounds really scary. 

Where can people find you online?

@leifvollebekk on Twitter, Spotify, and Instagram

Leif Vollebeck will start touring Europe in March, playing several shows in the UK, more information on which you can find on the website link above. Twin Solitude is set to be realised on February 24th.

Check out Vollebekk’s latest release All Night Sedans here:

Credit: Leif Vollebekk


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