Ourtunez Backstage Pass: Blakley Leonard & The Clay Monsters

Another band helping blur that line between Alternative and Folk, The Clay Monsters have been slowly, but surely finding their sound and putting the pieces together. Leonard has an eclectic musical background, playing in a variety of bands from hardcore to alternative, but the authenticity of folk is his favorite. “I can relate to folk music better than anything else… It takes a lot of time and a lot of practice and the process is never ending. And beer never hurt.”

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Could you imagine Conor Oberst riding a three horned unicorn? Well if you’re the Clay Monsters, it’s your ultimate fantasy. Leonard said that between Conor Oberst, The Avett Brothers, and a three horned unicorn that is where they draw most of their inspiration, well, maybe not so much from the unicorn. “Amazing lyrics and outstanding musicianship puts these two artists at the top of the list… and who doesn’t want to be majestic and different?”

Leonard said that today’s music business has completely changed from what it used to be. These days you don’t really need to rely on a rigorous touring schedule to create a fan base. “Today, a strong social media presence is key. While playing shows and touring regularly is a must, an artist today can reach hundreds of thousands of people without every leaving their house.”

Platforms like Ourtunez are helping propel artists like these to the next level. “I have been very fortunate to be able to work with Ourtunez and share in their success along with other musicians and fans.” Hear more from Blakley Leonard and the Clay Monsters on Ourtunez.com. Their latest work “The Basement EP” can be found under the Indie Station, and is definitely well worth a spin.