“Sanctuary,” the dreamy new song from John Leslie Hulcombe, is released today.
The first thing you’ll notice about any new music John releases is how much heart and soul he puts into it.
‘Sanctuary’ is a continuation of that style in that he has managed to create an ethereal and introspective sound that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also emotionally engaging.
What is your real name?
Ok, Actually I record under my real name John Leslie Hulcombe. I considered changing it to something catchier but decided the music was the most important thing.
How did you get into music?
This is my second venture into the world of music creation having left the industry many years ago. A local songwriting competition lured me back.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
After several attempts, I wrote “Town of Love” in 2020 which seemed to fit the theme of the competition. My son’s music teacher proved to be an excellent session player and we recorded at a local studio. While the song did not win it provided the catalyst for further production.
What field or genre are you into and how would you describe it?
Lyrically I’m inspired to write spiritually orientated, uplifting songs but do not preach any particular form of religion as I believe we all have our own path to follow. As my profile grows and my music reaches an ever-expanding audience I keep myself in check and ensure it does not go to my head.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
I strongly believe we all have our talents and just because it involves a public profile like musicians or sportspeople it does not make us any different.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
Initially left the music scene as I felt I was not getting anywhere and I wished to travel and explore experiences. Ironically this time around it has been much easier to establish a presence on the international stage.
I put this down to being more focused, writing better quality material and establishing a highly talented team of musicians and sound engineers to work with.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
It is also my belief that the internet has opened up a lot more opportunities for independent artists, although a lot more competition.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
When it comes to songwriting I try not to be influenced by what’s happening around me but write from what I feel in my heart. For this reason, my music is a little hard to label as far as genre. My last four tracks have evolved from the country folk “Town of Love” to the pop-rock “Love found a Way” & “Born of the Fire“, through to the ethereal & dreamy “Sanctuary”.
What is your current project about?
For my next project aside from working on an album, I am considering doing a cover of Leonard Cohen’s classic, “Hallelujah”. I believe with the current group of musicians I am working with we could produce a version worthy of its greatness.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
To my fans, I simply say thanks for accepting my music into your hearts