Leo Hofnug


Leo Hofnug is a Brazilian born jazz/prog/psychedelic composer and music producer currently living in Dublin. He started playing the piano by age of 11 after listing to "Jodi" by Wynton Marsalis. Eventually he migrated to drums and later self-taught bass and guitar. At the age of 16 he moved to Argentina where he started composing songs and rock operas heavily influenced by Dream Theater and other progressive rock/metal bands. This eventually led to the study of electroacoustic composition where he got in touch with several avant-garde composers such as Stockhausen, Ligeti and Steve Reich as well as learning about professional music production. By his early 20's, through John Zorn's recording label Tzadik, Leo started listening to Toby Driver's music (Maudlin of the Well and Kayo Dot) which has greatly influenced the sense of time, rhythm and flow of his compositions. On his mid 20's Leo began collaborating with younger musicians in the form of a Jazz band. During this process Leo became the band's tutor and coach, teaching them to play jazz and venture into new styles. Leo recently moved to Dublin with his wife. Since arriving, he has released one mini-album called "Eleven Colours" and one single titled "The Woodsman" for his upcoming EP. "Eleven Colours" has a electronic nu-jazz inspired sound and is an experiment on intuition and freedom while "The Woodsman" has a vintage dark jazz inspired sound and is more of a psychedelic meditation on the notion of evil and hedonism. He is also teaching music privately online to his former Jazz band members and producing international music projects.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is the experience of others in oneself and oneself in others.

What is your music dream?

Being able to work with music 24/7.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

The world is fine as it is. But I would probably encourage people to listen to things that sound weird to them.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Either Rebel Yell by Billy Idol or This Charming Man by The Smiths.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Nowadays Toby Driver and his projects Kayo Dot and Maudlin of the Well; Mouse on the Keys, Toe, Chon, Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dave Holland, John Zorn.

What inspires you to make music?

There are feelings that can only be expressed by music.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

This is me.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

I try to have as much fun as I possibly can!

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Music is often thought as a hobby and being a "professional" is usually something thought impossible to achieve. Working with music should be as simple as any other job.

What do you think of Drooble?

Starting to use right now!

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Not being able to actually share my music with the world. It is simpler now but still there are a few barriers.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Going to live concerts and finding independent music to listen to.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Social media management, branding, coaching and people management.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Toby Driver Martin Poulaner Gonzalo Alemán Anouk Madrid