119 episodes

SOUND MATTERS is a weekly radio show (airing on 1440 WROK in northern Illinois), podcast, & livestream webcast entertaining 'sound matters' in Communication, Psychology, & Rock ‘N Roll. Hosted by Tom Leu, a music and media veteran, professional speaker, author, actor, and published photographer, the show curates cutting edge interviews, commentary, current events, music, and entertainment into a potent concoction of success psychology and intelligent talk radio that rocks!

Website: www.SoundMatters.tv
Facebook Group: www.soundmatters.live
Instagram: www.instagram.com/tomleu (@tomleu)
Help support the show: www.paypal.me/tomleu

Sound Matters with Tom Leu TOM★LEU

    • Music Interviews
    • 4.9 • 13 Ratings

SOUND MATTERS is a weekly radio show (airing on 1440 WROK in northern Illinois), podcast, & livestream webcast entertaining 'sound matters' in Communication, Psychology, & Rock ‘N Roll. Hosted by Tom Leu, a music and media veteran, professional speaker, author, actor, and published photographer, the show curates cutting edge interviews, commentary, current events, music, and entertainment into a potent concoction of success psychology and intelligent talk radio that rocks!

Website: www.SoundMatters.tv
Facebook Group: www.soundmatters.live
Instagram: www.instagram.com/tomleu (@tomleu)
Help support the show: www.paypal.me/tomleu

    (SMx): Music Talk Tuesday: Van Halen

    (SMx): Music Talk Tuesday: Van Halen

    Join Double T and me for a quick-hitter segment (~10 mins) on Terry's show talking music current events every Tuesday morning at 7:30am CST on 96.7 The Eagle in Rockford, IL.

    SOUND MATTERS Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/soundmatters

    Connect with Double T:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/terry.turen
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/doubletrockford

    Connect with TOM LEU:
    Websites: www.SoundMatters.tv & www.16Imaging.com
    Official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/tomleu2
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/tomleu (@tomleu)
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/tomleu (@tomleu)
    YouTube: www.talkshiFt.tv

    • 10 min
    100: Eddie Van Halen Tribute

    100: Eddie Van Halen Tribute

    Sound Matters milestone episode #100 is a very special tribute to the late, great Eddie Van Halen. This episode features unique, personal, and revealing insights and experiences with EVH from platinum rockers Steve Brown from Trixter and Tokyo Motor Fist, and Mark Kendall from Great White. Van Halen's influence and legacy is also discussed with radio personality, Terry "Double T" Turen from 96.7 The Eagle, along with my additional commentary and reactions. Listen and share to celebrate the music and impact of the greatest guitarist of his generation... RIP Eddie Van Halen!

    SOUND MATTERS Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/soundmatters

    Connect with TOM LEU:
    Websites: www.SoundMatters.tv | www.TomLeu.com | www.16Imaging.com
    Official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/tomleu2
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/tomleu (@tomleu)
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/tomleu (@tomleu)
    YouTube: www.tomleu.tv

    "Sound Matters Radio" Episode 100 at www.SoundMatters.tv/sound-matters-radio-100/

    • 1 hr 29 min
    099: Michael Grant & The Assassins

    099: Michael Grant & The Assassins

    Sound Matters episode 099 features Tom's conversation with Michael Grant formerly of L.A. Guns and Endeverafter. Michael split from L.A. Guns in 2018 and never looked back. His first solo album (under Michael Grant & The Assassins) titled "Always the Villian" is simply incredible. This 11 song collection contains killer songs, melodies, arrangements, production, and playing top to bottom. Read that again... it's rare. On top of it all, Michael is a super cool cat and a ton of fun to talk to. In this livestream episode we discuss Michael's lifelong love of drumming (he drums on over half the tracks on this album, as well as handling all the bass, guitars, vocals, AND engineering duties), his perspective on leaving L.A. Guns, the impetus behind the title track, his writing and recording process, and his affinity for his influences, plus much more... one of my favorite conversations in the history of the show!

    **Livestream VIDEO of this conversation here and on my YouTube channel (www.tomleu.tv) >> www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYboerBlE9w&t=1459s

    SOUND MATTERS Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/soundmatters

    Connect with Michael Grant:
    Website: www.mgassassins.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/michaelgrantassassins
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/themichaelgrant (@themichaelgrant)
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/michaelgrant (@michaelgrant)

    Connect with TOM LEU:
    Websites: www.SoundMatters.tv | www.TomLeu.com | www.16Imaging.com
    Official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/tomleu2
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/tomleu (@tomleu)
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/tomleu (@tomleu)
    YouTube: www.tomleu.tv

    "Sound Matters Radio" Episode 099 at www.SoundMatters.tv/sound-matters-radio-099/

    • 30 min
    098: Donnie Vie from Enuff Z'Nuff #2

    098: Donnie Vie from Enuff Z'Nuff #2

    Sound Matters episode 098 features Tom's 2nd conversation with Donnie Vie formerly of Enuff Z'Nuff. On this livestream conversation also available unedited on YouTube and Facebook, Donnie and I discuss his new music, his writing and recording process, why the "Beautiful Things" full length album still needs to be heard, why he can't really listen to much of his older music, the challenges of being on his own these days, his new song recorded for the latest Enuff Z'Nuff album "Brainwashed Generation" and working with Chip Z'Nuff again, the possibility of working with some other well-known musicians that could possibly turn into a new band, and why he still continues making music three decades into his career. Plus, Donnie throws yours truly some props on my photography from a quickie session we did in Chicago before one of Donnie's solo shows pre-pandemic. Plus a lot more in this pretty informal and fun conversation with the King of Power Pop!

    **Livestream VIDEO of this conversation here and on my YouTube channel (www.tomleu.tv) >>
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3ShjsLI4V0&t=2882s

    SOUND MATTERS Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/soundmatters

    Connect with Donnie Vie:
    Website: www.donnievie.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/DonnieVieOfficial/
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/kingofpowerpop (@kingofpowerpop)
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/kingofpowerpop (@kingofpowerpop)

    Connect with TOM LEU:
    Websites: www.SoundMatters.tv | www.TomLeu.com | www.16Imaging.com
    Official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/tomleu2
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/tomleu (@tomleu)
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/tomleu (@tomleu)
    YouTube: www.tomleu.tv

    "Sound Matters Radio" Episode 098 at www.SoundMatters.tv/sound-matters-radio-098/

    • 1 hr 16 min
    097: Daxx Nielsen from Cheap Trick

    097: Daxx Nielsen from Cheap Trick

    Sound Matters episode 097 features my conversation with Daxx Nielsen from Cheap Trick. For over a decade, Daxx has been the drummer for the influential and legendary Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame band hailing from my hometown of Rockford, IL. Daxx and I have known each other since our days gigging in regional bands in the Midwest. Daxx has been a touring and recording musician for over 20 years and has worked with some of the greats in music. In this conversation we discuss the effects of the pandemic on him, his early years playing in bands with his brother Miles, touring and recording with artists such as Brandi Carlisle, Dick Dale, Billy Corgan, Eddie Vedder, and Enuff Z'Nuff among others. Daxx also weighs-in on Cheap Trick's philosophy to continue to record new albums, favorite places to tour, meeting Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin in Japan, his advice to up-and-coming musicians, The Nielsen Trust, and what the future may hold for him post-Cheap Trick someday... Daxx has always been an exceptionally talented drummer and a super humble guy to boot. Really enjoyed this conversation from another great musician to come out of Rockford, IL.

    **Livestream VIDEO of this conversation here and on my YouTube channel (www.tomleu.tv):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_PyjN0j8G8&t=2292s

    SOUND MATTERS Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/soundmatters

    Connect with Daxx Nielsen:
    Website: www.daxxnielsen.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/daxxnielsenmusicpage
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/cheaptrickdaxx

    Connect with TOM LEU:
    Websites: www.SoundMatters.tv | www.TomLeu.com | www.16Imaging.com
    Official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/tomleu2
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/tomleu (@tomleu)
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/tomleu (@tomleu)
    YouTube: www.tomleu.tv

    "Sound Matters Radio" Episode 097 at www.SoundMatters.tv/sound-matters-radio-097/

    • 47 min
    096: Chip Z'Nuff from Enuff Z'Nuff #2

    096: Chip Z'Nuff from Enuff Z'Nuff #2

    Sound Matters episode 096 features Tom's 2nd conversation with the always cool and catchy, Chip Z'Nuff from Chicago's Enuff Z'Nuff. This time around, Chip and I discuss the band's latest album Brainwashed Generation along with a few of the guest stars who played on various tracks from their 15th album, what recording records is like for him in 2020 compared to old days, his autobiography in the works, collaborating with Donnie Vie again, his outlook on the pandemic and the state of music going forward, his many other projects, and more...

    SOUND MATTERS Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/soundmatters

    Connect with Chip Z'Nuff:
    Website: www.enuffznuff.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/chipznuff
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/ChipZnuff
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/ChipZnuff

    Connect with TOM LEU:
    Websites: www.SoundMatters.tv | www.TomLeu.com | www.16Imaging.com
    Official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/tomleu2
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/tomleu (@tomleu)
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/tomleu (@tomleu)
    YouTube: www.tomleu.tv

    "Sound Matters Radio" Episode 096 at www.SoundMatters.tv/sound-matters-radio-096/

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Mojoco 3000 ,

Unbelievable!

Extremely relevant and edgy with real depth. Tom is willing to go places in conversation that most 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!

ChicagoJake67 ,

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.

Audiodrivin ,

Top Shelf

Always listen when I can which is usually while driving then I get to my destination and finish out the show lol! Can’t help but enjoy Tom’s style, insight, enthusiasm, preparation and all the heart and soul he projects!

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