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#MusicExchange: Leo Burg's new spooky song

South African independent artists collaborate to create the perfect Halloween hit of 2021. Leo Burg is best known in the entertainment industry for his cover song You're Somebody Else which went viral on YouTube and SoundCloud in 2018.
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Burg brings a new definition to the word polymath and specialises within most creative fields, proving that his art deserves to be centre stage. Close Your Eyes is a haunting yet easy listening song, perfect for the spooky season. The lyrics refer to a haunting taking place in a nightmare.

Burg wrote Close Your Eyes alongside former The Voice star and South African pop sensation Armand Joubert. After recording the first demo, Burg immediately knew he wanted to feature local artist Lara Wattam after hearing her spooky vocals on her debut single. When listening to Close Your Eyes, it is highly advised that you "close your eyes", "feel your pulse stop", and "drift into the dark."

I spoke to Burg last week:

BizcommunityThe new decade means:

Freedom of creativity.

BizcommunityFame is about:

Having influence.

BizcommunityRetirement will happen when:

You’ve tapped into all of your passions and mastered them.

BizcommunityI don't do:

What everybody else does. I like to try my best to remove myself from the typical.

BizcommunityWhat does music mean to you?

I find my “freedom in the music”.



BizcommunityMy music is about:

Feeling and connection.

BizcommunityI would love to co-write with:

The famous Jack Antonoff.

BizcommunityWhere do you go for inspiration to create?

To my friends. I am fortunate to be friends with some of my favourite creatives - they inspire me daily!

BizcommunityWhat is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?​​

The ability to be able to create without limitation.

BizcommunityThe song you must do in every show:

My debut single Not Enough - holds a special place in my heart.

BizcommunityMy heroes:

Anyone that speaks up for someone who cannot speak up for themselves.

BizcommunityMy Style Icon:​​

Yahto Kraft - he’s 100% authentic and I thrive to be like him.

Bizcommunity​​Which living person do you admire most and why?

Lady Gaga - I grew up making scrapbooks and dancing to her songs. Being in the queer community, she allowed me to love myself. She was also the first person I came out to - backstage at her concert in Johannesburg.

BizcommunityWhat is your most treasured possession?

Many crystals that my grandfather (who died before I met him) collected around South Africa.



BizcommunityIt’s your round. What are you drinking?

Sparkling water with lemon. Always.

BizcommunityDream gig to do:

An acoustic set performing with live instruments with my friends.

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BizcommunityWhat makes you stand out?

My passion and drive. I don’t give up until something is perfect.

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BizcommunityIf you were not a musician, what would you do?

I like to think of myself as a polymath in the arts. I’m creative at heart and work across various creative fields - art, design, videography, photography, etc.. I would be a full-time artist if I weren’t making music.

BizcommunityWho would play you in a Hollywood blockbuster and why?

Wow, what a difficult question. I think Troye Sivan would be the only correct answer.

BizcommunityPick five words to describe yourself:

Polymath, passionate, creative, composed and strong.

BizcommunityFive favourite SA albums of all time:

Armand Joubert - You’re Too Theatrical; Aking - Against All Odds; Spoegwolf - Somer; Elisha James - Journey and Goodluck - The Nature Within.

BizcommunityGreatest movie ever made:​​

A Star Is Born (2018).



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BizcommunityWhat books are you reading?

I love biographies and studying people’s lives. One of my favourite musicians said: “Find someone who has a life that you want and figure out how they got it. Read books, pick your role models wisely. Find out what they did and do it.” - Lana Del Rey

BizcommunityWhat song changed your life?

There’re so many but one that’s had a significant influence on me recently is “Monument” by Robyn and Röyksopp.

BizcommunityWho do you love?

My partner, family and friends.

BizcommunityWhat is your favorite word?

Kindness.

BizcommunityFavorite fashion garment:

Anything that looks like it was thrifted.

BizcommunityGive us some real proper slang and what it means.

Sis is the new bro.

BizcommunityTop of your bucket list?

Travel outside of Africa.

BizcommunityYour greatest achievement?

Meeting Lady Gaga.



BizcommunityWhat do you complain about most often?

Being too cold or hot. I don’t think I ever acclimate.

BizcommunityWhat is your fear?

Probably what most people would - fear of failure.

BizcommunityHappiness is:

Being content, free and loved.

BizcommunityOn stage, I tend to:

Freeze up as I’m not a natural performer. I am working on that and will soon be doing live shows!

BizcommunityThe best life lesson you have been taught?

Kindness is cool.

BizcommunityDo you get worked up whilst watching a sports game on TV?

Honestly, I don’t watch sports. I’m here for the halftime performance.

BizcommunityWhere would you like to be right now?

At the beach. My answer will forever be at the beach.

BizcommunityWishes and dreams:

My dream would be for my music and art to inspire.

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About Martin Myers

Co-owner at Triple M Entertainment, founder Music Exchange, manager Sipho Hotstix Mabuse

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