Born Holly Peyton, the self-taught songwriter and guitarist first gravitated towards ‘70s Disco and ‘80s Synth-pop – noting artists such as Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, New Radicals, The Verve, and U2 as influences – from an early age. Instinctively drawn in by their use of harmonies, she credits Michael Jackson for his “use of simple drum beats, catchy Bass and iconic voice one-offs” for providing the most imaginative tracks to date.
These early sensibilities have been beautifully rewired within the fabric of an Electronic ‘80s Pop vibe, as LEV’s lush vocals are paired with sensuous grooves, dance beats and synth sounds. Her debut EP, Fear No Evil, stands as the initial realization of these intentions; it instantly earned her music press buzz and attention from the fashion world alike.
As for her moniker, it is perhaps the most effortless descriptor of her artistic foundation. LEV, which translates to “lion” in Czech, is attributed as the symbol of valor and reminder of inner strength, regardless of circumstance. While searching for her alter ego, the metaphor resonated with the singer immediately upon discovery.