Leah Depala On Her Promising Music Career, Beauty Must-Haves And Casual-Yet-Cool Style

BY Nina Catt / Mar 12 2020 / 13:29 PM

Inside the life of the 14-year-old Dubai-based up-and-coming musician

Leah Depala On Her Promising Music Career, Beauty Must-Haves And Casual-Yet-Cool Style


Biggest highlight? Definitely my first ever official performance at the Al Quoz Arts Festival, because it gave me an exciting taste of the world of singing and performing.

How did you feel on stage? I was completely overwhelmed with nerves, however when I got up there I just started singing like nobody was watching. It felt like the most natural thing in the world.

At what age did you start writing songs? Around aged 9.

How did you release your first song, Cold? I released my song during the summer of 2018. Iranian singer, Layla Kardan, a dear friend of my family mentored me and guided me through the stages of putting a song out. She introduced me to a very talented producer who goes by the name, Ay The Producer, who worked hard to make sure the song sounded how I had envisioned it.

How did you feel the first time you heard Cold on the radio? I was initially so shocked that I didn’t know what to do with myself, because a song that I had written alone in my bedroom had reached thousands of people across the country.

What inspires your lyrics? I typically get inspiration by the people around me, movies, T.V shows, and even other singer/songwriters. I like to imagine putting myself in other people’s shoes as it helps me grasp what they are going through, whatever it may be, and I love to express that through music.

What’s next? I’ve just recorded another single which I’m hoping to release in the near future, and possibly after that, an E.P.

Advice for aspiring musicians? Do not be afraid of what other people think. Write and sing what you want to sing, not for the approval of others.

Values you admire in yourself? I would probably say the fact that I am so dedicated when it comes to singing. I’ll come home after school and sing in my room for hours just because I love it so much.

Favourite thing to do on the weekend? Sleepovers with my closest friends or going out for nice dinners.


My style is... Usually quite laid back and casual, but most importantly, comfortable.

Designers you love? Demna Gvasalia, the founder of Vetements. Another would be my mum, Ayesha Depala, because I really admire her endless hard work and dedication, not to mention her beautiful designs.

Favourite high street stores? Urban Outfitters, Daily Paper, Shadow Hill, and Brandy Melville.

Casual weekend look? Cool sneakers, baggy(ish) jeans, a cute top, and a comfy jacket or hoodie.

Party look? My go-to sneakers, a skirt and a tank top.

Most cherished item? A beautiful pair of diamond solitaire earrings my dad gave me a few years ago.

Style icons? Audrey Mika and Madison Beer.

Celebrity wardrobe you’d like to raid? Most definitely Kendall Jenner.

New season wish list? Nike Jordan 1’s.


Can’t-live-without products? Tarte Shape Tape contour concealer and Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel toner.

Shape Tape Contour Concealer, Dhs125, Tarte

Current fragrance? Sí by Giorgio Armani.

Skincare regime... First I cleanse and wash my face to get rid of any make-up and dirt. Then I use either Thayers toner, or Mario Badescu rose water spray. Finally, I apply a natural and light moisturiser.

Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner, Dhs70, Thayers at Noon.com


Most-used piece of tech? Most definitely my iPhone.

Favourite Apps? Snapchat for messaging my friends and making plans. Instagram to share my music.

Favourite Instagram accounts to follow? @unstreetwear, @unreaping, @kendalljenner, @audreymikaa and @oliviaobrien — for style and song inspiration.

Most-used Emoji? The purple heart emoji.

Pros of social media? It allows you to share your work and life with the world, helps you gain exposure, and is really helpful if you are in need of inspiration.

Cons of social media? In some cases people forget to enjoy their lives and get too sucked into it.

Favourite kids film? The Incredibles.

Best place to eat? Yo Sushi or a burger joint.

Favourite holiday destinations? Los Angeles or Barcelona because I adore lively cities with lots of things to do.

Music album you can’t switch off? Pure Heroine by Lorde.

Motto you live your life by? You only live once.

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