5 things you should know about SG Lewis
Learn all you need to know about this Liverpool producer and listen to the mix he made just for us.
He's only just released his debut EP Shivers but PMR signing SG Lewis has already reached the ears of Pharrell, Justin Timberlake and another top artist he's very excited about but not-quite-able-to-talk-about-yet, and was invited by Disclosure to play a 2,000-year-old castle in Ibiza earlier this year. Equally influenced by a love of singer-songwriters and his time as a resident club DJ, SG Lewis is working on a second EP and an album for summer 2016, promising more warmly-embracing electronic music with emotive narratives and a deep club thump.
Listen to an exclusive mix SG Lewis put together for us in the player below and scroll down to find out all about this rising star.
He’s a white boy with soul (according to Pharrell)
This still doesn't feel real. Pharrell and Scott Vener played my track Warm on their OTHERtone radio show, and Justin Timberlake and Cara Delevingne were guests. Pharrell said, "He's a white boy with soul" and JT piped up, like, "what are you trying to say?!" Listening to my musical heroes talking about my track so highly was probably the most surreal moment of my life. Scott also put Warm on the HBO show Ballers, synced at a really pivotal moment, which did wonders for the track.
Thanks to a Jessie Ware remix, he’s now labelmates with her and Disclosure
PMR was always one of my favourite labels. They gave me the stems to Jessie's You & I (Forever) and asked if I'd have a go at remixing it. I was so excited I did it in a morning and sent it back that afternoon, and they loved it. That remix is a good example of the mishmash in my music – it's at 120bpm, a club speed, but sounds more song-based. To be on the same roster as her, Disclosure and Julio Bashmore is a dream come true. This summer Disclosure invited me to play Wild Life at Dalt Vila, a 2,000-year-old castle in Ibiza. The sun was setting behind the port. It was an insane moment.
A club residency earned his sound its stripes
Being a resident DJ at Chibuku in Liverpool was fundamental. It allowed me to spend a lot of time behind the decks and see a different top DJ every week. Genre-wise, Chibuku has had everything: house, dubstep, techno, drum 'n' bass. The first night I went to, Ben Klock was playing downstairs and Andy C upstairs. There aren't many places in the world where you'd get those two on the same line-up. You have this new wave of electronic producers who are largely SoundCloud-based, making electronic music without any thought to the club. That's great. But there's so much to be learned from the old-school approach of resident DJing.
But he’s big into his singer-songwriters, too
I've always been heavily into songwriters like Bon Iver. I like to take the soul and the storytelling of singer-songwriters and apply it to a genre that perhaps they'd never listen to. Working with JP Cooper on Shivers was amazing. He's someone who's lived a lot and has a lot of stories to tell. There's a real honesty and vulnerability to the lyrics. At first I was worried about putting it out, because so much electronic music is hands-in-the-air, having a good time. To see people connecting with that song was amazing, and proved to me that I shouldn't change or hold back.
He’d be happy soundtracking afterparties across the world
My friends always joke with me, "Are you okay?!" – because I’m generally a smiley, dorky guy but a lot of my music ends up slow and sad. You can have amazing moments in clubs to high-intensity music, but downtempo, slow-burning music always draws me. If my music was soundtracking afterparties across the UK then I'd be a pretty happy man.
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