RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW GLASTONBURY ARTIST LEWIS POOLE
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to become a soloist?
I used to always write songs as a kid, simply because I enjoyed writing songs more than covering other songs. I decided to take the leap and properly release music back in 2017 and I haven’t looked back since.
Introduce us to your musical history?
I’ve been playing guitar since I was 11 and always wanted to write my own songs. I started properly releasing music in 2017 when I released my first EP Surreal.
Since then I’ve released two albums’ ‘Happiness In Heart Machines’ and ‘I’ve Been Learning to Meditate’ in 2019 and 2021 respectively.
I’m currently working on the third album.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
I don’t really get sick of being interviewed, but if I had to say something I’ve found difficult is describing my genre since I like changing it up every now and then.
I’m also aware that people have different opinions on what each genre ‘is’ and ‘should be’.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
No, I’m afraid I don’t.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Not during the pandemic, but I did recently buy a VR headset which I used for a month and then haven’t used ever since.
What useless party trick do you have?
I think I do a great Scooby Doo impression, but some people tell me it’s absolutely awful.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Probably any time we play ‘Nice Mouth’ during a live show. The song has a big sing-a-long build up and I never get tired of people singing the lyrics back at me.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Breaking a string – it happens to every guitarist, but it drives me insane every time it happens.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
I’m a full-time accountant who loves Pokemon.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
It’s like if Blink-182 were made out of bubblegum and kebabs.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I think I write some really fun and catchy chorus’s.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
I burned my Pizza earlier, it was heartbreaking.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
Probably ‘Nice Mouth’ since it’s a song everyone can sing along to easily at shows. Hearing crowds singing my songs right back to me is one of the best things about being an artist.
I hear you have a new single what can you tell us about it?
Yeah, it’s called ALONE 2.0 and it’s a fast-paced pop-rock track where I basically yell about having my heart broken.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
Yeah, I first wrote the song in 2013 when feeling a bit fed up, but back then it was a slower acoustic track with a few synths. However, I came back to it a year ago and wanted to re-create it in a more professional manner and turned it into a fast-paced rock track.
What was the recording process like?
I re-made the song on my MAC at home where I recorded the vocals, synths and guitars. I had a session drummer record the drums and then I sent it off to get mixed and mastered.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
Probably trying to re-create an older demo into something I’d be proud to release today (which I am!)
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
No, I probably wouldn’t have, I’m quite happy with it.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Well, I’m releasing a few more singles after this as well as playing a few shows in the South-West of the UK. I also release daily videos on social media so the plan is to keep that up too!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I’m not as depressed as the lyrics may suggest – I promise!