Oooooooo! There it goes! But hey, we lasted a long time, right? – Really huh! Hi, my name is Vincent de Lusenet
and welcome to another new item from “Behind the artist” and today we’re with
singer Leonie Bos. Hey, nice that you are here. Well
as you can see we will also play Jenga xxl. So … shall we first build this up? So many blocks. If you do a part and I do a part, then we can put them together. Yes let’s do that. – Absolutely right. Hey and maybe in the meantime you can tell us who Leonie Bos is? I have no idea. A question for you and for me too? – Yes, exactly. Yes who am I. I’m a singer. Part of my roots are in the musical scene. Although I have not been playing many musicals.
– Which musicals did you play in? It all started with the Sound of Music
van Joop van den Ende, Stage Entertainment. Then I was … well 15 years old and I had my first role as Louisa von Trap. That was still in my exam year. So in the last year I did that too. Three times a week or so was allowed. And I never really knew what
I wanted my life to look like. But who knows that when you are 15?
– Or when you are 30. Or when you’re 30, I still don’t know. I’m 32 now and I still wonder. – Yes
But okay, are we going to do this? Yes, are you going to lift it? – Yes wait. But does it have to, wait. Yes you’ll have to turn it. – Yes, yes. Well then I knew, I think I really like this. I can do this I thought. Yes Yes.
– Yes, exciting. Besides the Sound of Music music, what else have you done in the theater? Uh.. Well afterwards I went to a musical school for 4 years. And yes after that training I did some dinner shows. Is it already going wrong?
– Yes, this is scary. And then I got the opportunity to play on cruise ships. That was on Aida Cruise lines. And there I have been on and off for about 5 years, oh this was very easy. Worked on and off for. – Yes. What else is your experience in the theater? Um well because cruise ships really focus on entertainment, I missed the musicals. So then I thought I want
just approach this the right way. So I moved to London. – It’s your turn, by the way. Oh yeah I’m just waiting for it, just okay. Yes I moved to London. And then I did some sort of short training there. That was really just a big audition training. Because that was what I found the most difficult. In auditions I still had nerves,
especially the last minute you have that last note “ooeh” bit like this “ooeh”. – Yes. Yes that was actually just.. that table
also a large Jenga block. Yes, of course we don’t make it too easy for you. I am also pushing my legs against it all the time. Yes, exactly, but we deliberately set that table a little rickety. It must be a bit exciting this huh. Yes it also stands on 4 balls like that .. whoee.
– Exactly yes. Straight up. So I was born in Amstelveen.
Lived in Uithoorn. Finally after having traveled the world ended up in London.
And then I moved back to Amsterdam. Then I thought, how do I get myself known here? Because I didn’t built a network in this area. And then I thought let’s give The Voice of Holland a try. So I did that in 2015. – The Voice was in 2015? -Yes, The Voice of Holland. How did that end for you? How did that go? – Um ..
– Oh, oh … Yes like this I think. – Okay, this is getting very exciting. Here it comes. I feel the pressure on the stone that I am now pulling out. People at home, close your ears. Oeh … But it doesn’t go quite well there either. – Oh, but you can easily take it out, I guess. Yes? Oh yes, that one is a bit lonely. Oh.
– And that’s how I felt a bit back then. No, I reached the Knock Outs. And it’s really cool when you participate. Because suddenly it feels like you, you did it too, right? Yes.
– It suddenly feels like you’re on top of the world. People recognise you in the park. Well I really looked very colorful back then. I had the idea that I also had to stand out with my appearance. That my voice was not enough. But I learned a lot through that entire process. At the end I could see “that’s not me.” and it shattered a very specific piece of my identity. That I.. I really put myself out there as … ehmm. Also through the musical the entire period, I could sing loud and high and I thought that was my strength.
But that very vulnerable part or sound. The soft part…
I never found it fascinating or something. I had never focused on that because I thought that you have to be loud and people want to hear high notes. And with that.. yes I kinda fell down a bit on that part on The Voice. Especially with the last song. I just didn’t know what to do with it. And
and actually I wanted to keep it very small and soft and if I had done that
I might have had a chance to go to the next round. But I just didn’t know what to do with it.
S I gave two hundred percent and yes .. People say it was really too much. And yes, I agreed. Is it my turn? -Yes. In the meantime, our cameraman is taking a selfie. – Capture everything of course. This is the safest. It would have been nice if he had taken a selfie and then it crashed. Yes, nice.
– Hey, but this one was easy. Yes it was super easy Yes, before I put it down I will already ask you a question. Hey .. ehmm .. ehmm. How important is maintaining your voice for you? Yes, yes. – Just as important as this tower haha. Well I have to say that I really like, when I came back from Bali. That is now almost three years ago. Bali has really been an important moment in my life. There I also let go some
techniques because I just felt that singing comes from
within and I could really just create beautiful sound. And I tried to let go of technical part. And after that I went to England for two months for a tour. In the UK and then we went traveling around, it wasn’t just a circle around England but it was literally west,
east, north, south so afterwards we thought “okay maybe it would have been a bit more handy to plan it another route.” So yes then you did the show and then you stay a hotel and then you have to get on the the bus again very early. It was not very comfortable
and then you stop at gas stations and all Sainsburies. And then I was also vegan so it was difficult to create something healthy for myself. – Yes. Whoooo there he goes. – Perhaps.. But hey, we lasted a long time. Really huh Hey I have one last question for you and that is.. Who really inspires you? What is the reason why you ended up making music or singing? Of course because it makes you happy.. but who actually inspires you?
Where does it come from? Or when you think of your own songs. Who inspired you in that? Yes I can only really talk about it what inspires me now because I find it very difficult since there are different phases in my life so there
are always other artists or people who inspire me.
For example, someone I really like now is Skinny Living’s Summer Ryan. I don’t know if you know it? No, we will look it up very soon. – Yes, you really have to look them up. That is so beautiful. Skinny Living?
They are called Skinny Living, a band and that singer, yes … I recently saw them live with
Paradiso I was at the front .. drool. Haha funny.
– Really fantastic yes. Yes, I also really like Billie Eilish. – She won some Grammy awards this week. Yes, she almost fell over. But yes pfff tricky. I grew up with Celine Dion and Laura Pausini. Ehhm Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson
of course, Stevie Wonder. And if you translate that to you
own music, do you still find influences in it? From your youth heroes? No actually not. When I write then I actually just play a melody and then some lyrics come through. And then when I start producing it
then I’ll go and see which sound I like. So not really in the songwriting part, but afterwards I’ll check out how other artists have their songs. Or.. I can feel very inspired by songwriting. Like wow that’s beautiful songwriting. And there are certain songs that I find beautifully written. But then I really don’t come across anyone right now. – Is not necessary. Would you like to play something too? – Yes of course.
– Now the jenga tower has fallen. By who? – Yes, who was it? Yes it was me! – Oh because of you.
Yes I think I took it out and then it fell down.
– We should have made a deal. The one who drops the jenga tower has to sing. But in this case it works out well. Yes, exactly. – Because people want to hear you, of course. Would you like to grab your guitar? – Yes of course. Well great! Beautiful, thank you.
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