Eric Leva Is The Brand-New Artist You Need To Know

I recently had the chance to sit down with Boston-born singer/songwriter Eric Leva to discuss his musical inspiration. Eric, talented and humble, has been making music for years. He’s covered some of today’s popular hits but is now sharing his original music with the world.

His new single, “I Should Know,” is available today. He gave LD a preview of it a few weeks ago and we were instantly hooked. We think you’ll be, too. Here’s why you should get to know Eric and his music…

LD: How has your music evolved?
EL: I first started playing, writing and performing music when I was 8 years old. I’m a classically trained pianist so I was in serious piano lessons for most of my upbringing. I began singing and songwriting in high school and I spent the last four years studying, honing my craft, and figuring out my sound at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Berklee not only helped me develop my artistry, but also gave me a music business edge and a network of musicians to work with and be inspired by.

LD: How often do you write?
EL: Right now, I get up and write from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. whenever possible. Of course not every second is spent taking pen to paper, but I think about music constantly and I treat it like a full-time job. I’ve realized that I can’t turn my songwriter brain off. There are countless times when I’m just sitting at a coffee shop, catching up with a friend, and something they say will spark a lyric idea to the point where I’m fighting with myself to not take out my phone and jot the idea down. Those types of moments make for the best lyrics because they’re so honest and conversational.

LD: Who do you consider as major musical influences? What’s on your playlist?
EL: Ryan Tedder, Ingrid Michaelson, and Sara Bareilles are definitely three of my biggest influences. Most of the music I’m listening to right now is by my best friends. I love being able to listen along as their artistries unfold and evolve.

LD: What is “I Should Know” about?
EL: I wrote “I Should Know” in Prospect Park in Brooklyn with my friend Katie Costello. We hung out for two hours prior to writing to catch up over hummus sandwiches and coffee. Then we got the song done in another two hours. It was one of the easiest co-writes. That’s what happens when you have two people who can both relate to the same concept in a massive way. We were talking about what it means to be present in the moment as it happens and it was at a time where I really felt like I was battling between worrying about the future and letting go of the past. Now when I hear the song it feels like me in the present talking to myself in the pastnudging myself toward the encouragement to stop worrying about things that are out of my hands and choose to just exist under the sky in the moment. I want people to hear these lyrics and trust me when I say that everything really is going to be fine, even if they don’t think it is right now. But that place of worrying and fearI’ve been there, tooI should know. Life has a way of balancing itself out even if it takes a while.

LD: If you could share one piece of advice to aspiring artists out there, what would that be?
EL: I think it’s important for artists and writers to fearlessly put themselves into their songs. For me, I want people to relate to me and my music, and feel better. I think if people focus on writing genuinely from the inside out, it’ll eventually have an impact on the masses. People know when a song comes from a true place. I also had a teacher at Berklee once say, “Ninety percent of what you write will not be your best 10 percent.” It’s true. Of course I’m still figuring it out as I go, but if you’re serious about pursuing a songwriting career, you have to write a lot right now and can’t get too hung up on waiting for the inspiration to strike.

LD: What’s next for you?
EL: Right now the plan is to release another song in the next couple months and then hopefully an EP. All I can say for sure is that there is definitely new music on its way and I hope everyone stays tuned!

Eric will be announcing upcoming performances in New York City and Boston. For more information on where to see him keep an eye on www.ericlevamusic.com.

Listen to I Should Know,on SoundCloud today or download it on iTunes and share what you think by tweeting at LD and Eric.

Molly

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As a publicist outside of Boston, Molly’s career centers around tech companies but her unhealthy obsession with Hollywood is a full-time hobby. As such, she’s had several celebrity sightings in her lifetime. 2000: Dancing back-up for Aaron Carter, Molly was decked out in a yellow and silver-sequined unitard. Pictures have since been burned. Molly can’t decide if she’s more embarrassed about the unfortunate costume or the fact that she shared the stage with a Backstreet Boys’ younger brother. 2006: Susan Sarandon tapped on Molly’s shoulder as she cleared tables at an ice cream shop on the Cape. Molly, thrilled to meet her favorite Stepmom, quickly came down from this celebrity high as an evil co-worker swooped in and stole the table. She almost Thelma and Louised his ass. 2007: As a badass high school senior, Molly crashed an event at Brown University to meet John Krasinski, her TV crush. A true gentleman, John agreed to a picture with the awkward teen and commented that he had a lot of chest hair showing that day. He did indeed. Fun fact: That’s also the closest Molly has ever been to Ivy League-anything. 2009: Molly was in a Nordstrom dressing room and in walked Kellan Lutz. No, seriously, that happened. Whether it’s dissecting the trashiest moments of a Bravo series or praising the latest HBO or Showtime masterpiece, Molly writes about anything and everything entertainment has to offer for Literally, Darling.
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