Michael LeRoy plays it all

Student Spotlight  1 Sept18

Gazette Reporter

CLIFTON PARK—Music has always come naturally to Michael LeRoy . You don’t have to listen to his songs to discover this truth, all you have to do is fund out how many instruments he can play.

The total is 20. Once that statistic is unearthed, it all becomes clear.

“In terms of learning the technicalities of all of them, it comes down to taking what you’ve learned so far and applying it to a new instrument,” LeRoy said.“With every instrument it became easier and easier to pick up a new one.”

Since 2009, this teenager has had an entire studio to work in, within the confines of his parent’s basement.

“If you think of what it would look like if you let a 15 year old work a desk job, if you think of what that desk would look like, that’s the level of messy of my studio,” LeRoy said. “While I think I have handle how everything works if you were to bring someone from a professional studio to it, they would probably pass out.”

Despite its chaotic nature, he has everything he needs at his fingertips, which has made it possible for him to produce 7 albums worth of music.

LeRoy is a one man show, literally. Every beat, sound and melody was created was played, sung, composed and produced by him. “To me, it’s a complete work so to do it all really allows me to have complete control over it,” LeRoy said. “To be able to say that I had a hand in every part is important to me.”

He was asked to do a soundtrack for the video game Thundergun, which is on a video game service called Steam. “It will definitely get me lots of exposure,” LeRoy said. “I’m excited about it.”

“I think the first time I remember in my dad’s car I was wondering how it was possible that Jimmy Page played three guitars at the same time, but of course he didn’t play them at the same time,” LeRoy said. “Now I am where I am.”


NEXT STEP
LeRoy just snagged his diploma from Shenendehowa this past June and is headed to Siena College to major in computer science. “I feel like with music would be a struggle to find my way through the industry,” LeRoy said. “Computers, being my other passion; they would work well together because one would provide me with more opportunities to work on the other and so many opportunities in the future to keep doing what I’m doing here.”

In ten years he hopes to continue to take his skills to the next level. ”My ultimate goal would be to get my computer science degree and work as the payroll for a video game company,” LeRoy said.” I think that the opportunity of those composers who work on the games is incredible because they younger people hear their music and spread it to them and inspire them to do something like it, is incredible.”

You can check him out on iTunes!
His next album should be complete by Christmas.

Six questions for Michael LeRoy:
Q: What is the number one thing on your bucket list?
A: Live in Japan. I have a real interest in the culture and the architecture of the lifestyle.
Q: What’s your favorite color?
A: Blue.
Q: What are the essential toppings on your ice cream sundae?
A: Anything peanut butter.
Q: What is one of your greatest fears?
A: I guess the biggest one would be snakes, but that’s ok because Indiana Jones is also afraid of snakes.
Q: If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be and why?
A: I would say a dog and it’s really simple because they are so easy to be around.
Q: What’s your favorite holiday and why?
A: Christmas and honestly it’s because when you’re young you grow so many senses from Christmas, the smells and things like that. The traditions make it the best holiday.