Joshua Leary, 22, says he never really cared about anonymity, and that he wasn't being strategic by originally holding back his real name. He only put his songs online for his friends to hear, but then Dummy caught on, and he started getting tons of messages from "quite big record labels, managers, booking agents, visual artists, and French fashion magazines." But he didn't respond to any of them for weeks, partly due to the fact that he's currently going to school full-time at Edge Hill University in Northwest England, where he's studying to be a teacher for kids between 4 and 6. Leary lives in Ellesmere Port, a sleepy town just south of Liverpool, and initially got interested in making music while playing around with his dad's vintage keyboards as a teenager. At 19, he produced a batch of Donuts-inspired edits of soul songs, and actually had plans to release those early tracks, but the label intending to put them out went under. "The songs were pretty awful and never should've been released anyway," he says now. So he walked away from music for a while, opting instead to focus on school.