Inspired by blunt force trauma, and a lot of time locked up in quarantine, Christian Leave’s Heavy Hitting Hurts My Head is an EP we just can’t leave alone (pun intended).
Christian Leave might be a young star, but that doesn’t mean he is immune to quarantine cravings. It’s kind of a funny way to start an interview, but being a midnight snacker myself I just had to ask Christian if he had a go-to pandemic bite. Of course, he did.
Christian’s late-night snack is a classic: a handful of chocolate chips, banana, and a glass of milk. The perfect boost to get you through the night or, in Christian’s case, fuel a late-night song writing binge.
At first glance, you may recognize Christian from his early days as a Vine star. He was known as a young comedian that made six-second viral videos which poked fun at annoying couples, guys obsessed with fishing, your creepy Uncle Nick, and so many more.
With the fall of Vine and rise of TikTok, Christian has harnessed the new platform (under username “fartyprincess”) to continue to make hilarious shorts. While the platform has changed, his long time fans have stuck around to watch him grow, and become the next big bedroom artist.
“It’s natural, but a little weird. It’s cool to see a prototype turn into the next big thing,” Christian said.
While Christian was making home shorts, he fell in love with Alternative Rock, like My Bloody Valentine. Inspired to pursue his passion, he began playing bass in his local church’s band, much like how John Legend and Justin Timberlake got their starts, and would later add ukulele to his list of skills. Four-strings, a great way to start, but Christian and I both agreed that guitar can be frustrating. So he did as bedroom artists do: he experimented, and put out his first snippets of music.
At 16, Christian released his debut EP Hope: A thirteen-minute acoustic heart throb that makes you consider calling up your high school crush to see if they are interested. Since its release, the album still resonates so clearly with our generation. It has racked up streams: hundreds-of-millions to be semi-exact. On the EP is Christian’s hit “Please Notice,” which will either leave you in tears or make you say, “wow, I just found my wedding song.” Also included is one of the best covers of “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” a true classic.
“I think I was too young to grasp the gravity of it, but in a way, I was just like okay, let’s do the next thing. But in retrospect it’s the coolest thing ever,” Christian said about his beginnings.
And the next thing is definitely here.