Young singer/songwriter, Lewis Watson made an impact on the UK market with debut EP “It’s Got Four Sad Songs On It BTW”, which topped the iTunes Chart last year, outselling Adele, Madonna and Ed Sheeran.

The 20 year old from Oxford took time out from his busy studio schedule to chat inspiration, his debut album and the competitive singer/songwriter market with Gutter UK . . .

How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it?

I’ve heard comparisons to Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Ben Howard and City And Colour, which are all huge compliments to me! I’d like to think that my music is fairly easy listening but has the potential to provoke thought and of course, enjoyment.

What inspires you?

Everything, really! Whether it’s real life situations or even listening to great music; I always find myself thinking, “I’d love to write a song about this or with this subject or feel”.

What were you aiming to achieve when you recorded your debut EP?

It was just a way to get my music out there. I hadn’t really released much original material before the EP and I wanted it to sound as good as it could at the time. I always wanted to give away physical copies of the EP but I wasn’t earning much at work and I needed a way to cover the costs of getting them produced which is why I decided to put the EP on iTunes and sell the physical CDs. I never, ever expected it to do so well, though!

What can we expect from your debut album?

It’ll be a collection of my songs that’ll hopefully let people understand my sound and want to come to a gig and hear more! It won’t have any hidden meaning or political viewpoint; it’ll just be 40-50 minutes of music.

With so much on offer with singer/songwriters at the moment, what makes you stand out from the rest?

I don’t really know to be honest! There’s a lot of talent around at the moment and to even consider being a part of that is a great feeling.

Lewis Watson is scheduled to tour the UK and Ireland in March 2013, including shows at Glasgow King Tuts (10th), Edinburgh’s Electric Circus (11th), London’s KCLSU (21st) and Dublin’s Academy 2 (22nd).

Tickets are available now.

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