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León Larregui on New Album 'Voluma': 'The Songs Are Very Personal'

León Larregui of Zoe
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León Larregui of Zoe performs during Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on Oct. 4, 2014 in Austin, Texas. 

Three years after releasing his first solo album Solstis, León Larregui, Zoé's frontman, dropped his second solo production titled Voluma, which he describes as very personal and full of light. 

The Mexican singer-songwriter, currently touring the U.S. on his Voluma Tour, says he knew it was time to release a second album when he noticed that all the songs he was writing were very personal and didn't fit into the Zoé music world. "A lot of things were happening in my life, my girlfriend was pregnant, and I started writing stuff that was very personal again, just like it happened to me when I released my first solo album. Also, next year Zoé turns 20 and we didn't want to release a new album for the band until 2017 to coincide with the anniversary. But primarily it was because the songs I was writing were very, very personal," Larregui told Billboard.

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His decision to go solo didn't come as a surprise to the band members, since he had plans already to do something with the songs he was writing. Like with Solstis, Zoé supported Larregui in his project. "They thought it was a good idea since we were going to take some time off already. Plus, they know that these experiences help me as a songwriter and will only benefit the band."

The "break" he took from Zoé not only allowed him to write and produce his album, but also to go into director mode with his music videos, an artistic side of him he's always been interested in exploring. "Ever since I was little, I had this curiosity for cinematography. Actually, after music, that's what I love the most. When I released my first album, that's when I started doing little experiments with my videos, and from then, I got more serious about it and dedicated more love and time to this other passion of mine. Every time that I have the opportunity, I'll do my own video or help out a friend with their music video."

Zoé's new documentary Panoramas captures Larregui's creative process for his first solo album in 2012, featuring footage he thought his fans would appreciate watching. "The real fans always want to see and know more about their favorite band, so this is really for them. Actually, it's also for those who aren't fans, because the movie is amazing. It's a very artistic documentary."

For an even more personal experience, fans can catch Larregui on his tour in cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Chicago. Get the complete list of dates here.

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