Pete MacLeod has launched a new project, 3SouL with a debut single ‘Energy’.
The Coatbridge singer reached number one in the UK singles charts in March 2020 with ‘Firing Line‘, but has been prevented on capitalising on this success due to lockdown.
Instead, MacLeod embarked on a partnership under the 3SouL banner with Wales-based Brandon Lee, alongside Graeme Ferguson, also from Coatbridge but now resident in Stirling.
The trio first linked up in 2019 when MacLeod performed at K-Fest in Rhyl, north Wales.
Of his new recording project, MacLeod said: “Sometimes you meet people and you just know there is something there. Fergy and I had always worked well together, but Brandon is a major piece of the puzzle when it comes to 3SouL. We are something very different as a unit.
“After meeting in 2019, we started travelling to Wales to work on things and it was obvious there was something worth exploring. Now, we are making music the three of us like – and we hope everyone else can enjoy it.”
MacLeod previously several years living in California before returning to Scotland in 2013, releasing his debut EP, ‘Glasgow Keeps Me Real, California Lets Me Heal’.
He then put out his debut album, ‘Rolling Stone’ on Alan McGee’s newly-launched 359 Music label, before dipping into Balearic territory for its follow-up in 2016.
The singer added: “3SouL is different for me because it’s a collective force behind the music as opposed to working on my own. It’s not too far a departure from what I was doing with Youth for my second album, ‘Crestfallen’.
“It’s not something that’s forced from my own perspective. We don’t have any pressure on us – we’re not too concerned with charts or anything like that; it’s all about working together to produce something authentic that we all like. And I’m making music with good mates who are both very talented in their own right, of course. It’s win, win, win.”
Ferguson added: “I’ve been playing bass and producing music and have worked with Pete in many projects over the years. I’ve played live gigs all over the place and I’m not used to being part of the writing process as much.
“Working in 3SouL has opened up a new chapter in music for me, especially the production aspects which is a whole different side of it.
“Meeting Brandon and seeing the process of production has been inspiring and long may it continue.”
Lee, from Rhyl, added: “I’ve been a music lover from a very young age, picking up my first mixer at just 10 years old. I was mesmerised by house music and the joy it brought to people, most of all, the joy it brought to my mum.
“As soon as I was introduced to Pete and Fergy in 2019 I knew we could create something brilliant. Each of us has something amazing to bring to the table and I’m excited to see where 3SouL takes us.”
MacLeod added: “Obviously, everyone is going through tough times at the moment and the uncertainty is testing everyone’s patience.
“Hopefully, our music can lighten a few moods because music can do that – it’s a powerful medicine for many. It has been there for us through the good times and bad times.”