For LeAnder, the Music is About the Experience

Together Logan Rhea, Andrew Hall, and Scott Anderle form LeAnder, a Nashville-based alternative rock band.

Logan is the bassist, the acting manager, and the booking agent. Andrew (not pictured above) is the band’s drummer and sound engineer, while Scott leads creatively as the singer/songwriter and marketing person.

HOW it ALL HAPPENED

Friends from MTSU, the group all met at Cru, an on-campus Christian ministry program.

“We knew each other for about three or four years,” Scott said. “We all played together, but we were all in different bands, doing different stuff.”

In 2015, after his senior year of college, Scott and his then fiancé moved to Chattanooga, where he took a job in marketing and social media.

“While I was there I figured out that I wanted to work in music and if I couldn’t do that then it bugged me,” he said. “Within those first three months, my fiancé and I had broken up. About a week later, I got laid off from the start-up company I was working at because it wasn’t a good fit.”

Originally from Chattanooga, Scott went home to talk to his father.

After a long conversation, he went down to a local coffee shop. He sat down and began planning what music would look like in his future when he got a call from a friend, Andrew Hall.

Andrew was a drummer and an audio engineer major at MTSU and was calling Scott to see if he wanted to record.

“It was a perfect moment.”

Logan, originally from Atlanta, had met Scott before college had started at orientation. Initially going to play college football somewhere, he said Scott convinced him to go to MTSU.

“Everything just happened through a series of events and crazy, awesome miracles like getting instate tuition and scholarships and meeting people,” he said.

Before LeAnder, Logan played with several other bands in college like a Gospel rock band, a Gospel jazz band, and a blues rock band.

At the time, in 2013, Logan and Andrew were more into the alternative rock scene, and Logan suggested that they start their own band and recruit Scott as the lead singer. That idea remained in the back of everyone’s mind.

Two years later, Logan graduated from MTSU in 2015 and began working for a booking agency. After a year with that agency, he decided to leave to get more hands-on experience.

Around that time he left the booking agency, he said the guys all made a conscious decision to push all of their efforts toward making the band happen. Last year, LeAnder dropped their first EP, entitled Invictus.

Logan said at the time the band was testing the waters and feeling it out to see what a future group would look like.

“We believe in local talent, so we worked with grad students from MTSU to record our EP. We also worked with a local videographer to help us out with our video needs and a student to help with public relations,” Scott said.

After they released the music video for “Steakhouse”, the guys started getting some buzz around town.

Almost a year later, LeAnder said they’re at a more mature stage.

“We’re still becoming a band. There’s a lot more communication and working together,” Scott said. “I view this band as a relationship with a girlfriend or a wife. It’s got to be a perfect fit. We have a goal and mission, so we have to make sure we have the same values and the same interests.”

the MUSIC, the SOUND, the PROCESS

When he was 13, Scott landed himself in trouble and was grounded for a month.

“There was a guitar from our church that someone had left at our house. I picked it up and took it to my room and started playing it,” he said. “I grew up in a church, so I started playing worship songs. I think that’s why our music is so much about the heart.”

Logan said he always loved music growing up. When he was in the 6th grade, he went to a conference that led him to take his faith seriously and give his life to Christ.

“At that conference, there was a worship band that was playing, and I just thought it was amazing. It was something I wanted to do,” he said. “I got to talk to the bass player afterward, and after that, I started playing.”

“We want to use our music as a platform to impact people for a positive reason. Music transcends barriers and can bypass cultures and languages. It gets straight to the heart.”

The guys describe LeAnder’s sound as a mix between Switchfoot, NEEDTOBREATHE, and 30 Seconds to Mars. Scott said they hint more toward the nostalgia early 2000s rock rather than the indie pop rock that is prevalent in the industry now.

Scott said they might not be the best musicians in the world but that they want to play music that inspires.

“For me, what’s important with music is the lyrics, but more important than that is being able to capture emotions and feelings. You could sing the simplest thing, but if you have the right music behind it, it’s profound,” he said.

Earlier this month LeAnder put out a new EP entitled, The Tension.

Logan said on the EP people can listen to what was happening in their lives at the time. He said what’s important for him is that they want their music to be relatable.

Now touring throughout the Southeast, LeAnder said they wanted to do the one-two-punch.

“It’s been a little less than a year since our first record, and now ten months later we’ve released our second. I think people now take us as legitimate artists doing it.”
After the tour, the guys want to work on phase three and put their money where their mouth is by increasing marketing and pushing the songs they believe in.

“Every day you’ve got to remake the commit to follow your dream.”

Scott said he loves pursuing music, but he doesn’t like seeing his bank account struggle as much.

Three years later, he’s engaged to someone else, and now he said it can be stressful trying to make the band happen and save for the wedding.

“There’s no option of breaking up. There’s no option of playing different kinds of music with other people,” he said. “We’re going to work on it to all make the music we all want so it’s that commitment. So there’s tension in it, but in that tension, we have to trust God and trust each other.”

Logan said you have to trust the process.

“We make sure to jump like crazy and play songs we believe in so that we never get sick of them,” he said.

NASHVILLE, COMMUNITY, and CONCERNS

Logan said the synergy and the environment in Nashville with other entrepreneurs going for their dreams is contagious. He said LeAnder wants to be a band that champions other people.

“That’s why we promote house shows and connect people together because we understand how important it is,” he said.

Scott said there are a lot of talented and creative people in Nashville, and that he is happy to be surrounded by them. Lately, they’ve been purposefully trying to surround themselves with people who are encouraging and supportive.

“Nashville is a church of dreamers.”

“Community and church are synonyms to me,” he said. “A church doesn’t always have to be about God. A church is a community so, to me, a community is a group of people that are brought together by one common belief or value.”

Scott said people in Nashville were brought to together with the idea that they were meant to create.

For Logan, community happens when people are authentic but also when they’re aligned toward the same purpose.

“There’s a ton of different communities, and that’s awesome. Go be a part of a community that’s going to support you and build you up,” he said. “A community has your back. It’s unconditional. It’s saying, I have your back despite whether you have it all together or not. It’s saying I’m going to be here for you in the highs and the lows. That’s an authentic community.”

He added that a community is about being united and with the belief that diversity is beneficial.

Along with their love of Nashville, the guys also shared some of their concerns about the city.

Scott said he’s concerned about what’s going to happen with live music.

“Nashville is known for music and songwriting, and I think they’ll always be live events but my concern is how will our creative culture adapt?” he said. “To me, concerts are about going to a place and being crammed in and uncomfortable but surrounded by people who believe in the same music as you jumping and screaming the lyrics.”

Logan said building a community takes time and relationships aren’t formed over night.

“People can’t come in and expect to get things right away. You have to be invested and committed, especially for our generation,” he said. “Hopefully we can be able to encourage people to do that.”

In the future, Scott, Logan, and Andrew would like to start playing bigger shows. The trio is working on adding a new guitarist to the band and is actively working on new music.

Check out their SoundCloud and Instagram!

Thanks for reading Nashville!

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