As if his enchanting style of music wasn’t enough to turn people quickly onto him, fast beloved Australian singer-songwriter Dean Lewis is a lovely guy to boot. Great music and a great personality, when I first had the pleasure of speaking with Lewis back in April, his ground-breaking single ‘Waves’ was bowling people over near and far, and the future was bright and strong. Listening to his music is an immersive experience – it’s hard to truly describe the sense of relation you get when you hear latest single ‘Lose My Mind’. Despite something of an emotionally tumultuous start to his career, the rocks and tumbles Lewis experienced were nothing if not the catapult for the confidence and success he enjoys today. With his first full national tour fast approaching, Lewis however, remains firmly grounded, his heart forever with his home.
I remember talking to you!
You remember me? That’s really cool!
We had a great chat – you were really liking the tunes I remember?
Yeah and you know what, you still bow my mind, I’m still a convert.
[Laughs] That’s great!
It’s true, man! Your music is such an immersive experience, it’s hard to describe the sense of inclusion when you hear tracks like ‘Lose My Mind’ – I remember you saying about being in London and looking for that 360 on how you were feeling back then – since April, since we last spoke, how have things accelerated? I don’t know, are you conscious of everything that’s happened to you or does it feel like a dream?
It feels a bit like a dream and it’s kind of like, what’s the next thing? It’s one of these things where it’s all happening but, I don’t know if it’s just me, but it feels like everything can all sort of disappear in a moment so I’m sort of always trying to put everything together to keep it all moving. It’s such an honour to even have one song that people like. Since we spoke, the song [Waves] has accelerated so much. It went all over the radio, Spotify, crazy back home. I guess the other exciting thing is we’re just getting started in over here, in America, in Canada, in Germany, stuff like that.
It’s been cool to, you know, come over here, it’s almost like starting again. It’s almost like it was six months ago when you’re playing to 100 people. Everything is great, it’s really great.
I remember you saying how surreal it was for you to play to 2000 people at Groovin’ The Moo, but I’ve just looked at the comments on your video for ‘Lose My Mind’ on YouTube and you’ve got people in Mexico, Brazil, The Netherlands, everyone everywhere – how crazy is that?
It is, it’s really crazy – I did a show in Toronto and there was like, 130 people. I’ve done nothing in Canada and still, 130 people showed up. But not only that, it was like a Sydney show or a Melbourne show, where everyone was singing back the words, and everyone was so excited – that blows my mind. How do they even know I exist?
I played a show in L.A., it’s been crazy, that’s the reach now. Things just kind of spread to new places and you can get discovered in different ways which has been really good for me.
'Lose My Mind'
We know everyone loves ‘Waves’ but ‘Lose My Mind’, I saw you said it’s about a moment of realization. Don’t get me wrong, your music and your song writing is amazing and clearly relates to many people on so many different levels, but it kind of reminded me about the conversation we had about your humble beginnings – do you ever think you’ll break free of all these more modest and humble feelings?
I’m pretty grounded in the people I have around me, but I try not to overthink these things in the song writing process. I hope it all stays the same. I was saying to my brother just before, he’s on tour with me, how everything changes but nothing changes at the same time. It’s like there’s so much stuff happening it feels like there’s so much more to go. It’s just focusing on the next thing I guess.
And indeed, the next thing, the next big thing, is coming home, coming home to tour.
Yes, I’m excited! It’s the first national tour and I’m most excited to play Melbourne and The Corner Hotel. We just sold a night out and that just blows my mind – that many people in a small space, well, a big space for me, it’s just really cool to think that it’s happening.
As amazing it must be to be getting shuttled all over the world you’ve gotta admit though, there’s no place like home.
Oh my God, yes, no totally, totally! And not even to make it up, there is no place that is as laid back as Australia – I could be a bit biased because all my family and friends are there and it’s got really nice weather…
But, I’m over here, in San Francisco today, but you’re kind of always in transit. It’s almost like a sprint around a place, you don’t get to see much and then you get home and you go, I was there for two days, what? [Laughs]
But when you’re here, in a way it’ll be familiar but in another, there’ll be a lot of new things, because you’re not just a Sydney boy anymore - you’ll be coming here for your Sydney show and there’ll be people who know you, and who you know, but in a different capacity – what does that feel like?
It’s weird, in Australia we look at things happening overseas and get more excited about it but when you come back, I definitely notice a change and also appreciate it, coming home. Everything is just so good back home, I love it.
LOSE MY MIND TOUR 2017
Presented by triple j
WED 15 NOV MOJOS - FREMANTLE, WA
THUR 16 NOV BADLANDS - PERTH, WA
FRI 17 NOV ADELAIDE UNI BAR - ADELAIDE, SA
WED 22 NOV WORKERS CLUB - GEELONG, VIC
THUR 23 NOV CORNER HOTEL - MELBOURNE, VIC
FRI 24 NOV CORNER HOTEL - MELBOURNE, VIC - SOLD OUT
SAT 25 NOV SPILT MILK FESTIVAL - CANBERRA, ACT**
THUR 30 NOV 48 WATT ST - NEWCASTLE, NSW
FRI 1 DEC UOW UNI BAR - WOLLONGONG, NSW
SAT 2 DEC VANFEST - FORBES, NSW***
FRI 8 DEC FACTORY THEATRE - SYDNEY, NSW
SAT 9 DEC THE ZOO - BRISBANE, QLD
SUN 10 DEC THE NORTHERN - BYRON BAY, NSW