If you’re not following Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach on Instagram, get on top of that right now. I don’t follow very many musicians — I find most of their posts overly self-centered (more rock god concert shots of yourself? no thanks) — but Leach’s account is both interesting to follow and startlingly real. Sure, he provides the occasional update on recording sessions and various band goings on, but the best part about his account is that it’s simply HIS LIFE, the good, the bad, the exciting, the boring. You’ll get photos of some of the gorgeous mountainscapes he takes in while hiking in New York’s Hudson Valley, live shots from metal shows he attends in his adopted home of New York City, intimate moments with his wife, commentary on social issues, deeply personal statements about his struggles with depression… anything, really. He is a man of the people.
Of course you’ll also get occasional updates on his career as a musician, which is — shocker of shockers — not nearly as glamorous as it’s cracked up to be. Singing is an incredibly difficult profession — especially in metal — and keeping those pipes loose and clean is no small order. Watch below as Jesse shares his “morning vocal meditation,” a technique he learned from famed instructor Melissa Cross that finds him making noises you’d expect to hear from a Buddhist monk, not the vocalist of one of metal’s biggest bands.