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...
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
Epiphone SG Junior
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
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
Crowther Audio Hot Cake
Xotic Audio BB Pre-Amp
Boss BD2 Blues Driver
Jim Dunlop Cry Baby Wah
Jim Dunlop Volume/Expression
Hotone SoulPress Wah/Vol/Expression
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