Rhys Lewis is a London based singer –songwriter. He will undertake a headline tour in May. (Fans have queued overnight to be first in to his electrifying sold out shows.) He’s opened for artists such as Sigrid. Grab a coffee and Take 5 … with Rhys Lewis.
Welcome, thanks for taking time out to talk to us at GIGsoup. So, the deal is five questions in five mins – here goes…
Five things that make you happy include…
Cooking, being outside, time without my phone, seeing my family and Mario Kart
Tell us the story behind your new single ‘Better than today’
I had just gone through a break up and it had forced me to reflect about the way I was living my life and why the relationship broke down. I realised that I’d put so much of my life on hold for the sake of a “dream”, but I wasn’t happy. It got me thinking about what truly makes us happy. We’re simple creatures at our core, I don’t believe we need much to be happy, but we live in a complicated world now that seems to make us focus more on the things we don’t have than the things we do. I’ve noticed my own thoughts fall into that trap more and more lately and I realise how damaging it is to my happiness.
To add to that, I seem to spend so much time dwelling on the past and worrying about the future that it leaves little time to appreciate the moment and be truly present. I’m there but I’m not, my mind is elsewhere, either caught up in things that might never happen or distracted by what-ifs and chances missed that I fail to see the potential in what’s actually there, how rare some moments are and how responsible I am for making them meaningful. Life just happens, it’ll pass you by if you let it. So I’m trying to stay more in the present, to be truly “there” when the moment’s golden so as to make memories I can reminisce not regret.
What did producing this track teach you about the art of song-writing?
Don’t rush a thought just for the sake of finishing it. Let it grow in its own time, thinking too hard takes the feeling out of things.
Five things you love about being a songwriter include….
That it gives me a way of understanding and expressing my emotions.
That a song you wrote in your bedroom can resonate with it someone on the other side of the world.
That I’ve learnt a lot about my own mind through doing it.
That it’s never the same, every song has its own journey.
That it reminds me to always be patient.
What are your hopes/plans for 2019?
I would like to be more patient and try and not let my anxiety affect me as much, finish my album and see my family / friends more.
Honest or brave? – Honest is brave.
Justin Beiber or Justin Timberlake – I’m a belieber