Oxford-born singer/songwriter Lewis Watson has gathered over 100,000 likes on Facebook and his music has been streamed over 5 million times on Spotify. Not bad for a 22-year-old who has never had a guitar lesson. Lewis took some time out from his current American tour to answer my Quickfire Questions.
What song is your earliest musical memory?
Probably “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. We loved that song as kids.
What was your favourite song as a child?
It’d have to be “Thriller” by Michael Jackson (again). We’d listen to it hundreds of times a day if we could.
What song makes you laugh?
There’s a song by a fella called DJ Syntax called “Middle Class Problems” which always gets a smile on my face. Great beat and chords too.
What song makes you cry?
I rarely cry at music. I rarely cry at anything to be honest… but there was a song that Passenger performed when I saw him a few years ago called “Travelling Alone” and it was beautiful. Definitely put a lump in my throat!
What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love?
Probably the second Bombay Bicycle Club record “Flaws”. It had just come out and I listened to it non-stop during that summer. Puts me there every time.
What song makes you think of being upset/angry?
I always listen to the first Slipknot album when I’m angry. I’ve always been a fan and the anger in that record makes me realise that it’s really not that bad (I also air drum the anger away). When I’m upset, I’ll listen to “Re: Stacks” by Bon Iver. It gets me every time.
Which song do you wish you’d written yourself?
It’d have to be “Re: Stacks” by Bon Iver (again, sorry…). That is a perfect song in my eyes and I’d hang up my boots if I’d written it.
Who is your favourite writer?
Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie). His lyrics are always so vivid and gorgeous. Pair that with his beautifully lazy melodies and I’m incredibly jealous!
If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter, what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I can honestly say that I have no idea… I’ve never been an ambitious person until this happened and I couldn’t think about doing anything else… at least right now!
If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
Probably “Parachutes” by Coldplay. Probably not the coolest choice, but it’s such a beautiful album with songs that match any mood.