Leif Haaland grew up amongst hippie-missionaries in Canada and on a rain-soaked gravel pitch in Bergen. He toured with his father’s gospel choir as a 5 year old, was a drummer in the church at 7, traveled around Europe with analogue camera equipment in his teens, and discovered Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Orhan Pamuk and the Berlin techno scene in his 20s. All of this and more has contributed to forming Leif and the music he makes.
Leif had immediate success with the band Leif & The Future and was playlisted on NRK P3 with the song Let You Go in 2011, making it to the Urørt final with Team Me and Kvelertak. The year after the album Songs of Youth was released and was awarded 5/6 in Dagbladet amongst many other positive reviews.
Since the breakthrough Leif has played more than 80 shows in Germany and toured extensively in Norway including appearances at festivals such as Hove, Palmesus and Sommerfesten på Giske. Highlights from this period include support slot for Diplo during ØyaNatt 2013 and a German tour with SEA + AIR the same year, invited by A-ha ́s booking agent Peter Rieger Konzertagentur. His infectious stage presence and ability to create a party mood under almost any circumstances led to a German booking deal with Stereopark Agency and two subsequent German tours. The last 2 years he has been working on a new album together with the Swedish producer Daniel Tjäder (Korallreven, Radio Dept.) and Bjarne Stensli (Sivert Høyem, Serena Maneesh, Harrys Gym).
The Lisbon based artist launched his solo project LEIF in October 2015, and released a couple of well received singles in autumn/winter 2015/16. The debut single Boys Who Want Love was immediately listed on Norwegian national radio (NRK P13) and remained on the list for over half a year. The singles lead up to the release of the album Scandinavian Melancholy April 6, 2018 on the Norwegian label Popklubb. The album is released with 200 collages made my Leif on his Instagram account @scandinavian_melancholy with 13.5 K followers.
For fans of Simian Mobile Disco, Here We Go Magic, Neon Indian og The Durutti Column.