Singer-songwriter Dean Lewis found himself in a sudden success story after his debut single ‘Waves‘ achieved global praise last year. It was no exception here in Australia where the Sydney-based artist earned high rotation on Triple J and a steady spot in the ARIA Top 40 Singles Chart all throughout 2017 so far. The Waves craze hasn’t stopped yet with the single now reaching 45 million streams globally and as of August, is certified double platinum in Australia. Continuing to attract attention through features on several American TV shows, Waves was last heard in its acoustic version on the 7th season finale of US hit TV series Suits, propelling Dean to the number #1 spot on the US iTunes chart!
After recently having completed his first headline shows in the US and Canada, Dean is currently in the UK preparing for his European shows. He returns home to Australia in November for a national tour in support of his current single ‘Lose My Mind‘ – the third single off his debut EP Same Kind Of Different. Until we catch him then, he was kind enough to spill some thoughts for our Savvy Seven. Read on!
1) Who was your first musical inspiration? Why?
Noel Gallagher from Oasis. I remember my dad showing my brother and I this Oasis live in Manchester DVD and I was just hooked. At first, it was the attitude but that became the songs pretty soon after that. I swear for 5 years straight, I’d come home from school or work and just watch Noel singing his songs acoustically, or an interview. It blew me away but also taught me how to write songs.
2) What advice do you have for someone who is about to set off on their first tour?
Well, I came into all this as a songwriter – so I’d spent most of my time writing songs in my room. I’d done a few open mic nights and small things but the songs really took off before I’d had a chance to catch up. So I practiced like crazy to catch up with everyone else. My advice would be to rehearse a lot – until you can close your eyes and your hands would still play the right chords. I’ve found preparation is the only way the get rid of nerves!
3) What has been one of the most defining moments in your career?
I’d say it was playing Groovin the Moo festival. Having 3000 people singing my song ‘Waves’ back to me was insane. I posted the footage my manager took of that on Facebook and it opened a lot of doors. It’s like everything just sped up 200%.
4) How has your music practising changed over time?
I still practise a lot! I’m sitting in my hotel room in London and just finished running through my set in my room. Its the last thing I want to be doing right now but I force myself to do it!
5) My top business tip for new artists is…
I’d say just focus on writing really good songs and surrounding yourself with people who believe in you. If you’re making something good the rest will take care of itself! At least that’s what I believe.
6) My biggest career mistake has been…
Oh, definitely watching streaming numbers and chart positions/youtube views and stuff like that. I stopped looking at it all a month ago because I realised I was getting kind of up and down depending on how the songs were doing. I wasn’t focusing on what’s important, which was the NEXT song, the next video, what am I creating next. It hasn’t been a massive issue but I think I realised it’s the wrong thing to think about.
7) In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is…what do you think can change that?
I’m not really sure! To be honest I’m trying to not look out too much and just focus on what I’m doing, finish the album and play these shows. I just want to write the best songs I possibly can and keep putting them out. It’s an exciting time right now and I feel like anything is possible – but at the same time it’s all so new and happened so fast!
You can watch Dean Lewis’ official YouTube video for ‘Lose My Mind’ below:
See Dean’s tour dates here. The first show kicks off on the 15th of November at Mojo’s Bar in Fremantle!
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