Dan ‘Lebo’ Lebowitz Appears On ‘The Nature Of Music’ Podcast
ALO guitarist Lebo (Dan Lebowitz) talks about the role of nature in his and the band’s songs on the third episode of The Nature Of Music, a podcast produced by the Conservation Value Institute (CVI). Lebo also detailed how ALO got their start by performing “Rainforest Thursdays” concerts at a pizzeria in their hometown of Santa Barbara, the importance of voting and other topics with host Jonathan Gelbard.
Gelbard and Lebo are supporters of The Nature Of Music Fund, which CVI organized to offset the costs of producing the podcast and to help musicians in need during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to raise money for the new fund. “We hope that with venues closed and festivals cancelled, music fans will support both The Nature of Music and musicians in need during the COVID19 Pandemic,” Lebowitz said in a statement.
ALO has many songs influenced by nature including “I Wanna Feel It,” “Storms & Hurricanes,” “The Gardener” and “Water Song.” Lebo spoke of the role nature played in his songwriting for some of those songs and others. One in particular he mentioned is “Just A Spark,” a tune featured on the band’s 2019 EP, Creatures, Vol. 1: Spark.
“Rainforest Thursdays” concerts played an important role in ALO’s growth as a band. “We were creating a space for people to celebrate and gather, and at the same time, we were able to raise money for what [ALO fan and current Amazon Watch Executive Director] Leila [Salazar Lopez] was involved with, and Jenna (who’s my wife now)…We were able to help their cause that they were working on, which was buying acres in the rainforest to conserve,” Lebo explained. “To me, it’s like a complete circle when you can have that kind of thing. I mean I love music on its own, but when it’s working to create something bigger, to me that’s a much greater goal, it’s much more powerful, it’s much more inspiring.”
Stream Lebo’s appearance on The Nature Of Music podcast below: