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What Sound Matters Guests Are Saying…

“What an interesting and original spin you have on the Sound Matters podcasts. I not only admire the production quality of the shows but appreciate pertinent questions with guests.  I was intrigued with the episode on the fascinating Jen Elizabeth, and it really came across how she became empowered and thrived. What an important concept in all aspects of life. Kudos on a job well done, and with each story interjecting compassion into the human experience.”

Rudy Childs, documentary filmmaker/producer and rock photographer >>


“This is definitely one of my favorite interviews I’ve ever done. Some really great questions and great conversation. Goes deep into the process of writing and recording Michael Grant & The Assassins – Always The Villain album and beyond. Check it out! Enjoy!” 🖤

Michael Grant, guitarist, songwriter, & vocalist for Michael Grant & The Assassins >>


“I had a blast doing the Sound Matters Show with Tom Leu! The interview was scheduled for 30 mins… but Tom and I talked for well over an hour. That speaks volumes. Unique questions unlike other interviews I’ve done. I really love Tom’s direction and his passion for what he is creating with the Sound Matters Show.”

Steve Brown, guitarist, songwriter, vocalist for Trixter and Tokyo Motor Fist >>


“That was AWESOME, and one of the funnest, most professional interviews I’ve done in a very long time! Kudos to people like Tom who actually make it easy for the interviewee! Look forward to our follow up and hope to make it a regular hang. Thanks a million Tom.”

Don Jamieson, comedian and co-host of That Metal Show >>


“It was a real pleasure talking to Tom. Definitely the most in-depth, important, and deeply honest interview I’ve ever done. And I’ve done a lot! I’d compare it to a rock n roll therapy session. Tom’s easy going personable style puts you at ease, you feel like you’re talking to an old friend. I’d recommend Tom’s show to any and all artists if you want to do an interview with someone who doesn’t ask the same old questions and does his homework.”

Tony Harnell, lead singer for TNT & Starbreaker >> 


“One of the best interview experiences I’ve ever had! Tom is highly intelligent and touched on band subject-matter that most others don’t explore which always lends itself to an interesting conversation. It was great to be on Tom Leu’s shows! Tom does his homework and preparation which made it a great experience to be on the show! When a journalist or host in this case does their research, it makes the show interesting and flow well. Tom is a complete professional in that regard!”

Mark Kendall, lead guitarist for Great White >>

“Definitely one of the easiest interviews I’ve done! Having a conversation with someone that understands the complexity of photography and working a live show opens the lanes we are able to explore. The fact that Tom is also a musician adds a different level of conversational awesomeness!!”

Dustin Jack, rock photographer >> 


“I had a great time on the Sound Matters show. Tom is very funny and prepared with good questions. Can’t wait to go on the show again!”

Jim Florentine, comedian and co-host of That Metal Show >>


“I really enjoyed my interview with Tom Leu on The Sound Matters Radio Show. Tom was extremely prepared and asked some very unique questions which made for a very cool time. I hope to be back on the show again soon!”

Bill Leverty, guitarist for FireHouse >>


“It’s not everyday that I speak to journalists that actually have something interesting to talk about… I always love talking with Tom! He does his homework and you can tell. They’re always great interviews, and he asks great questions!” 

Jack Russell, lead singer for Jack Russell’s Great White >>


“Tom’s a total pro. Accurate, considerate, inviting and structured. This is the type of people you want to deal with. I enjoyed Tom’s effort in learning band history to be able to ask insightful and relevant questions. Just like the interviews, his photography is beyond the line of duty. My place still showcases a metallic print of a Hessler performance from 2012. Still hanging on the wall, ‘nuff said…”

Igz Kincaid, guitarist/vocalist for Hessler >>


“Tom was extremely professional but yet made me feel instantly at ease. He’d also read my book in full so he was well informed on the subject at hand. (A rarity I might add.) His enthusiasm is contagious. I highly recommend him and his show and can’t wait to go back on. I had a great time! Thanks again!!!”

Amy Dresner, author of My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean >>


“My interview with Tom Leu was a chance to tell my side of the music – how it’s made and how it all starts. As a producer, it’s not often that I get to really take people through my process. I think that’s why his show stands out above all the rest – he clearly cares about music first. Can’t wait to chat again with Tom on Sound Matters.”

Colin Brittain, music producer for Papa Roach & One OK Rock >>


“I loved being on Tom’s show. Tom is very professional, extremely prepared and his high-energy, articulate and passionate delivery creates a dynamic and thrilling interviewing experience. Tom is dedicated to creating a rich, in-depth interviewing experience. He prepared himself for the interview by not only reading the book beforehand, but he quoted from it and asked key and targeted questions which elevated the interaction. He put in the research and discussed upfront specific questions to ensure that the interview stood out as fresh, differentiating and compelling. I highly recommend Tom’s show!”

Steve Jones, co-author of Smile Now, Cry Later: Guns, Gangs, and Tattoos – My Life In Black and Gray >>


“Tom is a pro. He doesn’t ask surface questions and gets right down to the point. He knows how to conduct an interview with no bullshit questions and makes it actually fun for who he’s interviewing and most important for the listener. And that’s how it’s done, kids.”

Chad Cherry, vocalist for The Last Vegas, The Claws, and Founder of Chad Cherry Clothing >>


“Tom is the ultimate pro. He’s extremely knowledgeable about all things music. He definitely does his research and asks great, in-depth interview questions. It was a blast speaking with him. Two horns up!”

Steve McClureDirector, Hair I Go Again documentary film >>


“I have always enjoyed my interviews with Tom Leu for his Sound Matters Radio show. Tom is a Radio/TV host and motivational speaker, who is always informed, passionate, and doing an interview with him is so easy. He is genuine, inspiring, and it has been an honor to know him. Especially his unfailing support for my work over the years, which I am extremely grateful for.”

Susan Masino, author of The Story of AC/DC-Let There Be Rock >>


“I have had the amazing opportunity not only once but twice to be a guest on Sound Matters. I was throughly impressed with the professionalism accompanied with the friendly, relaxed atmosphere of the studio and the interview. Tom was well prepared which made the interview go smoothly. It was as if we were just talking. Tom’s passion for music, musicians and the history of this art form is contagious. Thanks again for the opportunities to be on the show and keep up the great work!”

Kevin Polky, Executive Director of KP Counseling and Shatter Our Silence >>


“Tom has a welcoming, warm personality; with a glint of a true music fan in his eye. Excellent interview questions, locations, and integrity in his delivery.”

Bryan Wilkinson, guitarist for The Last Vegas and Black Actress >>


“On behalf of the band DRAMA QUEEN I would like to offer some kind words to one of the best interview personalities we know Tom Leu. We have been on Tom’s show SOUND MATTERS 3 times now Courtesy of Tom and consider him friend and family. Tom cares about music and people which is why his professionalism shines through. Whether hosting a local musician or a touring Mega Star, Tom does his homework and makes the interview stylish and classy for his audience. Thanks again Tom for helping to spread the word about DRAMA QUEEN and countless others. You surely are a blessing to all!”

Matt Vogt, guitarist for Drama Queen >>


“Working with Tom on his radio show was a blast. I thought his questions were pointed and really great. His enthusiasm was obvious. He had a sincere, ‘I am glad you guys are here’ attitude towards us being in the studio with him. Tom is the utmost professional!!! And Tom really did his homework with our photography shoot!!! He attended a few rehearsals prior to the live shoot and was so well prepared the day of the show. His attention to detail and overall professionalism is evident as you work with him. My hats are off to him……..Tom is the best!!!!”

Lance Porter, drummer for Armed Vision >>


“Tom Leu is one of those rare individuals that seems to excel at everything he touches. Whether it is as a musician, an author, a radio/tv personality, a powerful speaker and teacher or even a photographer, I am convinced that there is no limit to what he is capable of. I am thankful to know him on a personal level and I can honestly say that he is a man of integrity and passion. He brings an uplifting message of triumph over tragedy and of the overcoming power of the human spirit. That seems to be a beautiful thread that runs through all of his work.
He is not just a tremendous communicator. He is much more than that. Everything that he does has a deeper meaning behind it than just what is on the surface. He brings a glimmer of hope and encouragement. Toms thoughts challenge you to reflect on your own life and why it is that you do what you do and believe what you believe. His style is edgy, provocative and cool and he’s not afraid to take on big questions and deep subject matter. He’s the kind of person that can connect with and relate to anyone. He does it while drawing from his own real life experience and the insights that he has so keenly received. The best part is, he is not arrogant or pretentious. He’s just a real, down to earth guy with a lot to share and a lot to give. I know that I’m better because of his contributions. I have a feeling that you will be too.”
Michael Corin, singer/songwriter/former vocalist for Anavox >>

“My experience was great. I did not feel like I was being interviewed, I felt more as if I were having a casual conversation. There’s no pressure, it’s a good time and I would definitely do it again!”

– Jon Freeman, CEO/Founder of Freeman Promotions >>
“It was a privilege to be on the Sound Matters Radio show. I was impressed with how fast my email as responded to, and I was impressed with the quick communication I received. Everyone I met at the studio was very welcoming and very friendly. I very much enjoyed talking to Tom because he covered everything I came on the show to talk about. Tom was well prepared to discuss the Phantom Regiment with me, and I appreciated how interested he was in our organization. Interviewing with Tom was a great time.”
Kyle Jacobson, the Phantom Regiment >> 
Podcast Reviews:
Unbelievable! “Extremely relevant and edgy with real depth. Tom is willing to places in the conversation that people aren’t expecting. He’s both entertaining and encouraging. That makes him one of my absolute favorite speakers. People NEED to hear what he has to say. Unbelievable!”Mojoco 3000
Great episode. “Tom’s interview style is seductive and he isn’t afraid to ask challenging questions. His experiences as a musician and speaker really informs his ability to engage with the artist and listener.”ChicagoJake67
Top Shelf. “Can’t help but enjoy Tom’s style, insight, enthusiasm, preparation, and all the heart and soul he projects!”Audiodrivin
Must listen podcast. “Really enjoy Tom a lot… his podcast is always entertaining with great guests and I gotta say, I really dig his interview style. He’s easy to connect with and really keeps your attention with his easy conversational style of talking to his guests.”Dark Prince of Metal
Always Insightful. “I’ve been a listener of Sound Matters from day one. Tome always brings a unique perspective to his topics, and gets the most interesting stories out of his guests. And the QUALITY of those guests is stellar! Just top notch! You never really know what you’re going to get… But’s it’s addictive once it starts. Keep up the great work man… Love your show!”The Vox Brech
More than just entertainment. “Sound matters is not your typical entertainment podcast. Tom keeps his interviews incredibly interesting by NOT focusing on your ‘standard’ interview questions. His interviews dig deep and offer the listener great insights into the person he is interviewing. Additionally, Tom’s expansive knowledge of music history mixed with his background in psychology and communication provide listeners much more than just entertainment.”Maddi@970
Awesome. “Tom is incredibly motivating and has a plethora of knowledge he shares with all those he comes into contact with. A true leader, who has efficiently mastered the art of communication, inspiring others to be the best at what they do the best.”cleu
“One of the few interview shows that I will make a point to listen to weekly. Always interesting guests with stories that you wouldn’t here on your average shows. I am a big believer in positive energy, and if I need a boost in that area, I can save the therapist $$$, and invest my time in this show.”Bobbirox
Great guests and a different approach. “One of my favorite podcasts out there. I really enjoy how the interviews go deeper than you usually get from others. You feel like you know the artists as more than just a musician, and more of a person. Tom is quite the thinker and you can tell the artists really enjoy the time and are getting asked questions they are not used to getting. Love it!”WolfgangR5150
Comments on Social Media…
“Tom’s shows are always insightful, inspiring and entertaining. … Great interview. I love the questions you asked and the positive vibe.”Mark Jake Jacobson, singer/songwriter/actor/artist

“Tom is a vast encyclopedia of music knowledge and an amazing photographer as well. Love his radio show and always looking forward to his photos.”Mike McQuerter, photographer/musician


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