While Lewis started writing songs almost as soon as he could play three chords, his journey into performance took a much slower path. “When I first started playing the guitar, I taught myself to play Oasis songs; probably because Noel Gallagher’s chord progressions are quite simple. It really struck me how these basic chords could become such lush, full songs”.
Lewis went from being a budding songwriter, content to see his musical offerings expressed by other vocalists, to focussing all his creative energy and output on his own trajectory as a solo artist where he already has written around 80 songs before his first song is released. And while it may not seem like it to him, things have moved at lightening speed, when going to London he recorded a song with the prestigious online site Mahogany Sessions and did his first real gig at Communion’s renowned Bushstock Festival where he was good enough to land UK/European agent – CAA on the spot.
The first single “Waves” was written in a small, picturesque town in Northern London with UK writing/producer team Nick Aitkinson and Edd Holloway and then mixed by Dan Grech (Halsey, Josef Salvat, Circa Waves). Lewis’s haunting falsetto taking centre stage amidst cathedral-like production, “Waves” drapes bittersweet memory over a softly insistent guitar, before layers of urgent harmonies and hammering rhythm combine to transform meditative into majestic. It’s a bold statement first time out, but Lewis balances intimacy and intensity perfectly, and the dappled regrets he sings of feel genuine and human.