There's been a return to appreciation for the singer/songwriter in music in recent years, and those with their ear to the ground for new talent will soon hear about rising star, Lewis Watson, if they haven't already. Watson did some analogue shooting and checked in with us to let us know what he's been up to.
Young musician, Lewis Watson, is headed on an amazing upwards trajectory, with a summer filled with festivals and recording. He’s a Youtube sensation that is crossing over to mainstream success, supporting shining stars like Lianne La Havas on tour, and all at the age of 20.
Lewis took some time to chat with us about what he’s been up to and the exciting summer he has ahead.
Hi Lewis, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello Lomography! for sure, my name’s Lewis Watson, I’m 20 and I’m a singer/songwriter from Oxfordshire. I like Chinese food and I put Craig David on the guest list for every one of my shows just in case he shows up.
It feels like your career growth has been organic, but quite spectacular. How does it feel to have the amount of success you’ve experienced at 20 yrs-old?
Ah man, thank you very much. It’s been a crazy journey so far. I feel very lucky to be where i am and, although it’s a bit overwhelming, I’m loving it.
If people wanted to get acquainted with your music, what songs would you suggest they start with first?
Maybe with the start, my first EP. It was done in 3 days with my friend Joe Porter, it’s a little more stripped back but it’s the beginning!
Speaking of your EPs… They have quite funny/to-the-point titles (See It’s Got Four Sad Songs On It BTW and Another Four Sad Songs). Is that a reflection of your personality?
(laughs) Thanks. The first title was an idea I had at an open mic I was playing and I just thought it would grab people’s attention and, yeah, let my personality get across a bit.
I hear you’ve been a fan of Lomography for a while—what is it you like about analogue photography vs. digital photography?
I have been! I love analogue things, being able to feel something working in your hands is a great feeling and the pictures just look better in my opinion!
Tell us a little bit about some of the great experiences you captured for us on film…
I captured quite a lot of backstage/recording on film. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to capture much of this tour because it’d all be pictures of the van.
What are your upcoming plans?
A lot of festivals, playing Glastonbury, T in the park, Bestival, Truck, etc. which is insane! And then some writing, recording and an EP coming on July 1st!
Keep up with what Lewis is up to on his website and watch his latest video for “Calling” below.
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