Many of you may remember pop singer/songwriter Lew Phillips from his time on Rhythm Bomb Records and Wild but there have been many changes and developments in Lew’s career as we catch up with him in this interview.
So tell us a bit of the Lew Phillips story so far ?
I was born in a small town in the province of Quebec in Canada called Joliette. I started being interested in music around the age of 4 because of my great late grandpa. I grew up in this small town and been to high school, then I thought it was about time for me to move to a bigger city, so I moved to Montreal. In 2013 while I was still living at my parents house, I got signed by Wild Records in California and released a single called “Mister Colter”! Then I got signed by Rhythm Bomb Records in 2013 and released my first album “Self Titled” in 2014! I left Rhythm Bomb Records in 2015 when my contract with them expired because I had bigger ambitions, aspirations and dreams and was tired to play rock n roll. I wanted to explore Pop music and make my music much more complex.
How would you describe your Sound ? What influences do you have ?
I would say it’s kinda hard to explain. I am basically doing Pop music, but I get inspiration from many different things. I get inspired by music from the 40s like Frank Sinatra, the 50s Rock N Roll and Doo Wop Stuff, the 60s Pop music like the Beach Boys, Neil Sedaka, The Four Seasons, Jay and The Americans, The 60s Merseybeat stuff like The Beatles, Gerry and The Pacemakers, the Dave Clark 5,Peter and Gordon, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, 40s, 50s and 60s Latin music, 40s, 50s and 60s Cha Cha music, the 40s, 50s and 60s Mambo music, the 40s, 60s and 60s traditional Italian music, All the Phil Spector work as a producer in the 60s (the wall of sound area), the Motown of the 60s, soul music from the late 50s and early 60s, and nowadays artists like Leon Bridges, Raphael Saadiq, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats, Whitney, Kevin Morby, Papooz and Sam Smith.
What are you working on right now ?
My second album which I’m actually recording. The album is going to be called “Orleans Avenue” because I’ve wrote all the songs on this street where I’m actually living right now. There will be 3 volumes Vol.1-2 and 3! But they will be separated volumes, it’s not a triple album, you can buy the volume 1 only if you want to for example.
There will be 13 new original and different songs on each volume. I’m pretty excited about it cause I’m producing the whole thing myself.
As an artist who writes original music, could you explain your songwriting process ?
Yes I can! It used to be and come out only when I wasn’t expecting it, but later on I’ve started applied a technique from the famous Brill Buildings in New York rich consisted of locking yourself up in a cubicle from 10h00AM to 5h00PM trying to write one good song each day. And let me tell you, it really works!
What will be the next step for your music ?
Easy! Get signed by a good label in the music industry in Canada or the USA. There’s good independent labels on the Pop circuit like Mom+Pop Music, Dine Alone Records, Arts &Crafts, Secretly Canadian and the list goes on and on.
How will your new album differ from your last ?
Like I said earlier there’s plenty of things which will differ from what I did earlier, but I guess the major thing is the switch from Rock N Roll aka underground music to Pop music aka commercial music (as seen by many underground music lovers).
What songs are you listening to at the moment ?
Puff! It’s pretty much hard to tell! I listen to do many stuff every day! I’m a sucker for Phil Spector’s genius and his famous Wall Of Sound! This guy is it! But I also listen to so many different stuff.
Well thanks so much Lew
We look forward to seeing your progress on: Orleans Avenue – Volume 1
An old video made during Lew’s time in the UK: