INTERVIEW: Sean Leon w/

rez | Interviews | Wednesday, January 21st, 2015


Nice piece featuring that dude Sean Leon courtesy of

MICAH PETERS: It’s crazy how I feel like I know you both even though we’ve only ever ‘talked’ on Twitter. “Tania’s Song” is still my favorite [recording that you’ve made, to date. It’s what got me hooked in the first place. How did you and Tania meet, anyways?
SEAN LEON: I met Tania [pronounced Tan-yee-uh] at the studio. But we had been talking prior to that, actually. She’s a writer. She was writing for this website – not major, she wasn’t at Noisey yet, this was something else – and she wanted to do an interview or whatever, so she used to tweet to me all the time. Not directly, either she wouldn’t “mention” me. She would type my name like, “Can we talk about Sean Leon for a second?” And this was when I was really obsessed with what people were saying about me, so I was on Twitter searching my name all the time, seeing what kind of hate comments or compliments I was getting. And then I see this girl with this really pretty face that kept asking about me and I followed her immediately. The most attractive thing to me is someone that, you know, finds me interesting. That’s like, the sexiest thing.

Yeah, man.
Her best friend handed her my initial project because her boyfriend at the time went to high school with me, and he was over in British Columbia on a football scholarship. So it was like, a one-in-a-million shot. She came to see me perform one night at Manifesto, which is this Toronto festival – like Coachella, but not that big of a deal. She saw me perform then hit me up for an interview. I denied it, then invited her to the studio. She came to the studio, and then from that point on, that’s just how it was. Me and Tania. We just had our own thing. She’s just this person, like, I’d never met anybody like that before. She understands music. She really understands it. Like, every facet. She’s beautiful. She’s fucking awesome. She’s so funny. She’s so loyal – her integrity is of that shit you only see in movies. I’m not sure I’ve ever met anyone her, or that I’ll ever meet anyone like her again.

It always felt right, and it still feels right. So it’s just really dope to have this baby now that’s half me and half her.

That’s beautiful. So what’s it like being a father? Having this baby that’s half you and half her?
[Laughs] Man, it’s great because now I have a real excuse to not go to these things that I don’t want to go to. That I never wanted to go to. Now I can really be like, “Yeah you know, I can come, but I should really be at home with Xylo.” You know? And they’re like, “Ah yeah, I get it.” I don’t have to do anything but music and family now.

My brother had a daughter and he told me it changed his perspective on everything. It changed the way he thinks, how he handles problems; even the way he talks now is different. How do you think Xylo’s going to impact your art or your method?
I don’t know how much about how it’s going to affect my art. I think it’s too early to tell. But as for my day to day, I’m much more compassionate and I’m much more selfish with my time. If I don’t have to do it, I’d much rather just kick it with her. It wasn’t until I held her that I really understood that every woman is somebody’s daughter. It changes everything.

Like, it changes the way you make decisions. The way you think. It’s not a question of work ethic; I’m going just as hard as I ever was. But what it really did for me is that it made that option of failing just not even an option anymore. It’s no longer a thing like ‘what if this doesn’t work.’ It has to.



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