Leon King

Guitarist - Teacher - Writer - MD

Welcome to the portal for Leon Michael King: Guitarist, Teacher, Writer, MD and all things music. Take it in, feel it, get in touch. See you somewhere along the way.......


Leon comes from a musical family, he had his Dad, Grandads, and Uncles to share jam sessions and musical experiences with from a very young and impressionable age. Leon's Dad introduced him to the guitar and the world of rock music at the age of 5. Growing up in and around Reading, Leon was naturally immersed in regular jam sessions with his family and friends, honing his skills in Blues, Folk, Rock and Jazz to name a few. After a while, whether he realized it or not, music became Leon's path. It was around the age of 7, after realizing he already had a serious talent on the guitar, his parents got him classical guitar lessons with teacher Terry Bryanton. By the time he was around 16 years of age, he had completed his Grade 7, was in 3 bands and about to head to Reading College of Music & Art.

Throughout school and college Leon was always busy playing; always jamming, starting new bands and becoming a part of new projects. It was at college where Leon met Aqua Levi, a reggae singer who inspired and mentored Leon's love and interest in Caribbean music. Leon then managed to get bank funding to enroll into The Academy of Contemporary Music, where he became an extremely popular guitarist among other musicians on both Performance and Production courses. Before he left ACM with a BA (hons) in Music Performance, he had already been on several UK tours, played on many studio recordings and been put forward for an Audition for a world tour with UNKLE.

Leon then moved to London immediately and quickly ended up jamming, gigging and recording with countless artists, such as Hempolics, Paolo Nutini, Maxi Jazz, DJ Vadim, Outmode, Frank Hamilton, Megan Henwood, Roots Manuva and Bananaklan among others. He also curated his own project with his good friends - The Drop. It was only a short matter of time before his talents got noticed by the likes of Joss Stone and Natty.

Leon also set up his own private guitar tuition business providing what are now sought after and inspiring guitar lessons and workshops in and around London and its schools.

Leon also records for countless artists (too many to name) from home via the internet.

Leon now resides in a musical and artistic community in North London from where he teaches, records, rehearses and writes, in between traveling the globe; performing, teaching and always learning! Bring it on...

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GEAR

GUITARS

Fender 'Highway#1' Stratocaster (USA - 2004)

Fender 'Elite Series' Telecaster (USA - 2016)

Fender Telecaster Custom (Japan - 1985)

D'Angelico Ex-DC Deluxe (USA - 2017)

PRS Santana SE (Korea - 2001)

Tanglewood TW70SRE Electro - Acoustic

D'Angelico Gramercy Electro - Acoustic

BM Classico

Epiphone SG Junior

AMPLIFICATION

HiWatt Studio/Stage MKIII 20/40W Head

HiWatt 2x12 Cabinet

Marshall 1960's 'Lead' 4x12 Cabinet

Fender ‘Hot-Rod’ Pro Junior

Laney VC110 15W 1x12 Combo

FX

Strymon Blue Sky Reverb

Strymon El Capistan Tape Delay

Strymon OB1 Boost/Compressor

MoogerFooger MF-104M Analoge Delay

EHX Memory Boy Deluxe Analogue Delay

Boss DD6 Digital Delay

Catalinbread Callisto Analogue Chorus/Vibrato

Mu-Tron Phasor II

MXR Phase 90

EXH Freeze

Crowther Audio Hot Cake

Xotic Audio BB Pre-Amp

Boss BD2 Blues Driver

RAT Distortion

Jim Dunlop Cry Baby Wah

Jim Dunlop Volume/Expression

Hotone SoulPress Wah/Vol/Expression

Mooer Varimolo

Boss RC-50 Loop Station

Boss TU3 Tuner

TC Electronic Polytune Nano

PedalTrain PowerTrain Power Supply

Strymon Moji Power Supply

Warwick Rockboard Battery Power Pack

PedalTrain Classic 2 Board

PedalTrain Nano+ Board

HOME RECORDING GEAR

iMac - 2010 - Modified

Apogee Quartet Pre Amp Interface

Yamaha HS5 Speakers

AKG c2000 Condenser Mics

Sure SM57 Mics


ENDORSEMENTS

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Photo Credits: Stokography

Photo Credits: Stokography