Leo Moracchioli

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Leo Moracchioli
Born (1978-10-10) 10 October 1978 (age 43)
  • Vocals
  • Guitar
  • Drums
  • Bass guitar

Leo Moracchioli is a Norwegian metal musician and producer based in Oltedal. A multi-instrumentalist, he is known for his metal covers of popular songs, which have gained him over 4.5 million followers on YouTube as Frog Leap Studios.[1][2]


Moracchioli has recorded over 400 covers, at a rate of approximately one per week, including covers of "Hello" by Adele, "Sail" by AWOLNATION, "Poker Face" and "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga, "Feel Good Inc." by Gorillaz, "Chandelier" by Sia, "Africa" by Toto, "Redemption Song" by Bob Marley, "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X, and many others.[3][4] His cover of "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi peaked at number 35 on the Hungarian Single Top 40 chart on 10 August 2017.[5] Moracchioli states that although he is playing covers, it is enough of a creative outlet for him to put his own spin on the songs.[6] In addition to his metal covers, he also made an "acoustic" cover of "Duality" by metal band Slipknot, using slide whistles, timpani and tuba.[7]

For each video, Moracchioli creates the arrangements, and plays all the instruments, except for a small number of songs in which he has collaborated with other instrumentalists; they often require at least 50 tracks.[1] Although most of the videos feature only himself, and sometimes his family or a musical guest—sometimes a fellow YouTube artist participating remotely—for his video cover of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" he was joined by Drowning Pool guitarist C. J Pierce. The video was filmed in a nightclub and included hired backup dancers.[8]

He sometimes tours internationally with his band Frog Leap (studios).[8][9] On 3 August 2019, he was at the 30th Anniversary of Wacken Open Air with the band.[10]

The Frog Leap band members are Leo Moracchioli (vocals and guitar), Hannah Boulton (female vocals), Erik Torp (bass), Rabea Massaad (guitar), Truls Haugen (vocals and drums).

He is endorsed by TC Electronic and Chapman Guitars.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Moracchioli was born to an Italian father and Norwegian mother.[13] He is divorced[14] and has a daughter born in 2011.


  1. ^ a b Kornelis, Chris (30 October 2018). "Who's That Covering Coldplay? It's Loud, Raucous and Involves Headbanging". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  2. ^ Channel on youtube, accessed January 3, 2020
  3. ^ Willis, Daniel J. (19 May 2019). "REWIND: Take a trip to Scandinavia for some hard rock and metal". Riff Magazine. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  4. ^ Barnes, Becky (26 July 2017). "Despacito – This Heavy Metal Cover By Leo Moracchioli On YouTube Is Going Viral". HuffPost. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Single (track) Top 40 lista – 2017. 32. hét" (in Hungarian). Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Meet the Norwegian remixing your favorite pop songs into amazing metal covers" (Video). WGN Morning News. 5m 15s. 2 August 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2019.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  7. ^ Teitelman, Brad (27 April 2017). "This is the weirdest Slipknot cover you'll hear". Metal Insider. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  8. ^ a b Sonder, Thomas (12 February 2019). "Norweger vermetalt Michael Jackson und Queen in Wacken". Metal Hammer (in German). Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  9. ^ de Roode, Robin (21 January 2019). "YouTuber Leo Moracchioli brengt band Frog Leap naar Patronaat". Artiestennieuws (in Dutch). Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Frog Leap kommt aufs Wacken 2019 – Solar Penguin". Solar Penguin. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Music Tribe – TC Electronic – Artists". TC Electronic. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Chapman Artist Leo Moracchioli". Chapman Guitars. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Leo Moracchioli | SecondHandSongs". secondhandsongs.com. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  14. ^ "Life Updates". Retrieved 2 July 2020.

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