Leon Rolle is best known as a member of the MOBO and Brit Award-winning group, Rudimental. Better known by the name of DJ Locksmith, Leon has enjoyed a successful career at the epicentre of the music industry. Having performed with the likes of Anne Marie, Ella Eyre and Becky Hill, Leon has also experienced the challenges of a demanding career in the spotlight and is now a popular choice as a BAME speaker and role model. Sharing his own experience of a person from a BAME background, Leon is passionate about proactive change.
Back in 2011, Rudimental was formed and they released their debut single Deep in the Valley. Garnering a following, Rudimental caught the attention of record producer and songwriter Amir Amor and later went on to release songs such as Feel the Love, Waiting All Night and Not Giving In. Since then Rudimental have released three studio albums titled Home, We the Generation and Toast to Our Differences. They have also been fortunate to claim a Brit Award for British Album of the Year, a MOBO Award for Best Album, a UK Music Video Award for Best Dance Video and an Urban Music Award for Best Music Video.
Throughout his life, Leon has also shown heavy interest in sport and has enjoyed time as a youth footballer for clubs such as Arsenal. Having struggled with mental health during his high-profile career as part of Rudimental, Leon has always found release in the form of physical activity and sports. He was also fortunate to play as part of Harry Redknapp’s Rest of the World Team during Soccer Aid and appeared on SAS: Who Dares Wins.
A popular role model on the subject of mental health, Leon is also a BAME speaker who shares his experiences. Passionate about equality being key across the board, Leon champions an increase in ethnic, racial and social diversity in corporate settings. He is also concerned with how the future generations are being educated about racism, promoting the fact that ‘no one is born a racist’ and we need to re-look at how we educate the youth on racism.