Pan Amsterdam is Leron Thomas’ creative response to feeling ‘a way’ about his place and representation in the American Jazz and R&B music industry.
Leron’s obscured series of genre-blending albums began with his self produced; self- released Dirty Draws. Thomas quickly gained a reputation as a fascinating and unpredictable improviser and composer, fluid in all genres of music.
Pan Amsterdam came to be when Leron’s friend Malik Ameer (the rapper in Madison Washington) introduced him to London based label, Def Pressé. thatmanmonkz (producer of Madison Washington) sent Leron Thomas a ‘beat-tape’ which inspired Leron to develop a rap persona, with a trumpet… of course. The result was Pan Am’s first album, The Pocket Watch. Eventually a demo song, ‘Plus One’ from The Pocket Watch was ‘leaked’ to a few select people, one of them happened to be, Iggy Pop who soon premiered Plus One on his BBC 6 Music show. Since then, Leron Thomas has toured extensively with Iggy Pop as bandleader, collaborator and friend, composing and producing the majority of Iggy Pop’s recent album, Free.
Over the past two years, Pan Amsterdam has steadily released singles, EPs and other oddities since the release of The Pocket Watch. HA Chu (released 2nd October) has met with much critical acclaim thus far.
Leron has also just released another album on Lewis Recordings. This record is under his real name and presents the straighter story. The album is titled, More Elevator Music. The project includes songs recorded with Leron’s Paris based band, many of which are also members of Iggy Pop’s touring band. Iggy Pop features on a track on the album named ‘In The City’. The album is currently doing well and has been supported by BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio 1.
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