Leon Of Athens

Greek singer songwriter Leon of Athens used his homeland’s financial collapse as inspiration for his indie-pop. He’s shrugged off any austerity measures to start making waves in the UK…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 20 Jun 2014
  • min read
Originally raised in Greece, Timoleon Veremis (aka Leon of Athens)used the financial difficulties of his homeland to inspire his music.

But rather than being bogged down by monetary despair, his electronically tinged pop songs soar, taking their props from the likes of St Vincent and MGMT.

Working as Leon of Athens, Timoleon initially released his music in Greece, gaining numerous fans among music lovers and critics alike and playing to increasingly large crowds.

Since then he’s decamped to London and continued to refine his songwriting, expertly rubbing elements of electronica and more folk-infused sounds together. It’s best heard on his forthcoming debut album, Global released on Mimosa's Dream Records out 30 June and produced by Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Belle and Sebastian). Recent single Baby Asteroid is a great introduction - a synthesiser loving west-coast rocker which could well prove to be a summer hit. Meet Leon in our 30 seconds below…

I first started writing music because… 
I felt it was an outlet to express my feelings without being judged by anyone. I also felt that music and songwriting would be a positive way to contribute to society.

I have been making music since
I was 12 years-old, when I wrote my first song, which was called Robots.

My music is…
Indie pop/rock with hints of electro and folk.

You'll like my music if you listen to
Grizzly Bear, St Vincent, Lykke Li, Arcade Fire, MGMT, Beach House, M83.

My favourite venue is… 
The Hoxton Bar and Kitchen.

Music is important because… 
It can change your life for the better without you necessarily realising how.

My biggest inspiration is… 
Not just muscial, from other areas including film, theatre, poetry, science and football as well as people who work for progress and the common good.

My dream collaboration would be
With a machine of pure artificial intelligence. Inspiration comes from the Spike Jonze movie Her.

To try me out, listen to my song
Baby Asteroid, the second single from my album.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be
A pilot.

In 10 years time I want to be
Enjoying playing music as much as I do now.


Leon of Athens is launching his album with a show at the Hoxton  Bar and Kitchen on 26 June.