SG Lewis, Music producer and singer-songwriter from Reading prefers to be a studio rat, we get chatting about his music-making and everything else in between.
What inspired you to get into music?
Music is the only thing I’ve been consistently obsessed with throughout my life. It’s the first thing I think about in the morning, and the last thing at night. When I was younger I watched MTV, and through that found about producers like Timbaland and The Neptunes. Once I discovered the role of the producer in the music process, I knew it was something I wanted to do so badly.
How long have you been writing songs and producing music?
I started producing shitty dubstep remixes when I was 16, after being introduced to Logic 9 (production software). It wasn’t until University that I started writing actual songs – there were so many amazing musicians at LIPA, where I studied for a bit, and I learnt a lot from the people around me about songwriting.
What can people expect from your new UK tour, what are you most excited for?
This tour will be the first time I’m implementing the concept of the 3 part album into the live show – the show will move through the 3 phases, Dusk, Dark, and Dawn, and that will be reflected in the visuals as well as the music. I want to create an immersive experience for the listener, and take them on journey for the time they spend with me. It’s also my first headline Europe tour!
When you were younger what music did you grow up listening to?
I went through several phases, but the late 90’s/early 2000’s era of Hip Hop & R&B had a huge impact on me. Anything produced by The Neptunes and Timbaland was always in heavy rotation. I had a phase where I studied John Mayer’s guitar playing too and tried to play like exactly like him (and failed).
What is your song writing process like?
It always varies. It can start with a lyric I’ve written down, some chords I’ve played on piano, or even a new sound I’ve found on a synth. Whatever draws inspiration out. Doing the exact same thing twice never works well for me.
What do you prefer, playing to a live crowd or recording music in a studio?
The two things are so different, and give you completely different feelings. However I’m a studio rat by nature, and nothing will ever beat the rush you get when something connects musically, and you create something that everyone in the room is vibing with hard.
Are you collaborating with anyone at the moment? (Producers, musicians, singer-songwriters?)
I’m constantly collaborating with all kinds of musicians. I think it’s fundamental to my growth as an artist. Besides – it’s just not as fun making music on your own.
What can we expect from you in the future, any projects or more new music about to hit our ears?
I’m finishing up Dawn, the last third of my 3 part album, at the minute. I’m looking to drop that early next year. Aside from that, I’m trying to collaborate as much as possible, and lend a hand in other people’s projects too.