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Leo Kalyan

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    Stranger
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    Fingertips
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    Fingertips - cln Remix
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    Fucked Up
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    Temptation
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London-based Leo Kalyan has fused his trademark “dream pop” sound with the complicated realities of living as an out, gay Pakistani to create music that is sonically and thematically unique.
Anchored around his own distinct vocals and poetic lyricism, Leo’s music is, at once, both an escape from reality and a harsh reminder of it. 

Since gaining notoriety after uploading music to Soundcloud in 2014, Leo’s star has continued to rise. His first original song, “Temptation,” was supported by Annie Mac, MistaJam and Huw Stephens, just to name a few, while “Fingertips” - the lead track from his 2015 ‘Silver Linings’ EP - shot to the top of the Spotify worldwide viral charts before being added to the BBC 1Xtra playlist. 

Worldwide buzz led to sold out London gigs, a performance at BBC Introducing’s coveted SXSW showcase, and a headline slot at BBC Asian Network’s Future Sounds festival in 2016.

But it was with his Outside In EP that Leo’s music reached its highest heights. Rave reviews from The Guardian led to Leo emerging as a brave new voice for “queer brown-ness,” and Leo has since spoken with BBC Asian Network & The Guardian about straddling these identities in today’s world.

Leo is an artist who is owning his story in every sense. From writing and producing all his own songs, to designing his own album art and speaking openly about the politics that inform his work, Leo is becoming one of the most unique and important musical voices in Britain today.

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