Artwork by @mystupidsketchbook
WHO is he?
“I’m Lewis, a singer/storyteller from Ware, Hertfordshire. It all started aged 6, banging headrests in the back of the car – some kids had tv’s, I had Phil Collins! Like all kids, I loved new things so music was just an output to explore and shape myself.”
WHAT is he singing about?
“It’s more like.. what am I singing for? And that I fully don’t know, I just like writing about things and people I find confusing then making them either funny or into a more approachable topic. I think everyone’s confused by life in some way so I’m singing to crack everyday conundrums. I write about nostalgic memories and personal experiences. ‘Do What I Need’ is all about not having enough time in the day to do my job, concentrate on my music as well as spend time with my family and friends.”
WHERE did he grow up?
“I grew up in a little village out in the sticks. Me and some of my oldest mates would grab our spangled guitars and go for walks in the woods and just play for hours. It’s cool living out in the middle of nowhere because you have the space to step away from the trends and what’s ‘cool’ to just be yourself.
I’m currently living in a town called Ware, where there really isn’t a music scene, just the odd night of live pub music. Most of the time I’m carting my guitar in and out of London, meeting people, recording and playing gigs.
All is going well at the moment and I’m liking spending more time away from home, it seems to give me ideas. There’s more to see and learn in life by not not staying in one place. I’ve been lucky to meet some really great artists to write and collab with so expect some tunes in the future.”
WHY should I listen to him?
Lewis’ real gift lies in the natural flow with which he delivers stories of a young adult living in today’s world.
WHEN can I see him live?
“I’ve got a load of gigs coming up, but next up is 13th Oct at Ronnie Scott’s, London. All dates are listed on my website.”
Watch Lewis Bootle perform Do what I Need for BBC Introducing