breathing Interview


1. First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?

I am breathing, and I make lo-fi acoustic music, noise pieces, and poetry.

2. If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?

I would describe my music as beige or tan. Something very neutral, not too warm or too cold…I think that makes sense.

3. What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?

My biggest struggle has been hesitation. There’s lyrics I want to write but I worry that the person it may be about will hear. It makes me extremely anxious, but I’ve been slowly getting over it.

4. If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?

I actually don’t play shows (under this project) due to how personal it is. But if I were I would want to play one of those cool stadiums where the stage is below and the audience looks down on you, like an old movie circus.

5. What do you consider your biggest musical success?

Gaining the confidence to actually release my music.

6. What inspired you to start making music?

I’ve been writing bad songs since I was six, and I don’t really remember why I started. But, the reason I still do it is pure passion and it’s a great emotional release!

7. If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?

Either Elliot Smith or Lil Dicky. (Despite what my music and poetry may say, I have a sense of humor)

8. Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?

This question is quite difficult in all honesty. I think Harvey Milk was really fucking cool, but I would not call him an influence. Man, I really don’t know!

9. What’s your favorite book?

Marilyn Manson’s biography. I think it displays his intelligence more than any Bill O’Reilly debate or Phil Donahue interview. Sadly though, I don’t know how much of it I believe.

10. What do you like to do other than music?

I really enjoy photography! I find I only take pictures of buildings and plants, but I still really love doing it.

11. Who is your favorite musical artist?

Currently, I’m obsessed with empire! empire! (i was a lonely estate). More specifically the album What It Takes To Move Forward.

12. What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?

I mean, I’m only 16 and I’m pretty new to this, but honestly, I just have to say go for it! Even if you can’t play your instrument well or your voice cracks a lot. Who fucking cares? If you have passion, and you mean what you say, it will be good!

13. Lastly, what’s your lucky number?

My lucky number is 55. I don’t know why, but I’ve been really drawn to it since I was about 9.

You can find breathing’s music and poetry at, and be sure to follow him on Instagram at @cole.leite as well.


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