Zimbabwean Producer Leo Scott has unveiled his debut single “Loaded,” collaborating with Vine-Star Will Gittens.
Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, to Italian parents, Leo Scott (aka Leo Bescotti), attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied music production and engineering. At the age of 22, the young producer is now announcing his first official single “Loaded” set to be released on May 12th, featuring the vine-star Will Gittens.
As a result of reaching out to his idol, Miles Walker, via email simply asking a question about mixing, a conversation ensued with the multi-platinum award winning mix engineer. Later that summer, Leo interned for Silent Sound Studios in Atlanta, Georgia where Walker is based. While in Atlanta, by sheer chance Leo ran into Will Gittens, a fellow Berklee student, famous for popular vines and YouTube covers. Leo began spending so much time around Gittens’ apartment, hungry to learn and collaborate, that he eventually moved in. During that time, the two started spending endless hours in their home studio creating music and that’s when the foundation of Leo’s first official track “Loaded” came to life. Lyrically, “Loaded” is about a lover, putting up with this pissed off woman, trying to make a failing relationship work. He knows he can’t make her happy, nonetheless he’s still not willing to let the angry love go. The emotional Will Gittens’ Trinidad and Tobago accent adds to the island vibe of the dance track: “Grab di gun, let it go. You’re ready to explode. You’re the one that means the most, so why you so loaded” sings Will Gittens – not negative, but uplifting. “Loaded” mirrors the lack of patience and frustrations of our world today, as well as in our personal relationships. Maybe patience isn’t a virtue; maybe in order to keep today’s relationship alive, you just gotta let it go, unload, pull the trigger.
Leo is intimately attached to his music and compares sending a song off for mastering to “what it must be like sending your child off to college”. He entrusted Miles Walker’s assistant mix engineer, Ryan Jumper, to bring “Loaded” to its highest potential. Jumper has assisted on award winning mixes ranging from Kygo to Fifth Harmony and has his own mix credit on “After the Afterparty” by Charlie XCX.
”Not a single day passes by without me opening my DAW. You need to be willing to put in those hours to be great at something. There are really no shortcuts” says Leo Scott. The focused producer says that he loves the music of our generation and the music young people are making. However, he realizes that there are challenges that this generation faces. He says that if he ever has a voice through his music, he’d like to use it as a vehicle to confront challenges of our generation; one he feels particularly strong about is cyber-bullying: “I think it’s important for people, especially teenagers, to claim their unique self-image, and detach from the image that the world and internet impose on them. The ‘real you’ is so extraordinary that you should never allow the internet to diminish your self-worth or make you feel hurt or ashamed”.
The multi-cultural producer has traveled the world pursuing his music career. “Growing up as an Italian in Zimbabwe I’ve often felt out of place and love the idea that anyone might relate to my music and feel as though they belong to something”.