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INTERVIEW: Link Lewis

Hi Link, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey VENTS! I’m great thank you guys. I’ve been hibernating for nearly a year now so I thought it was time to surface.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Foundation”?

I’m listening to loads of chilled easy listening music at the moment. I’m inspired by so many different genres. I love the fatness and rawness of Hip-Hop beats, the melody and harmonies of RnB and the tones and grooves of Jazz music, so you can expect to hear all of this in my music. I think foundation introduces my sound well as an artist. Lyrically, the tune is pretty classic and relatable – the scenario of a man being there for a woman during difficult times and allowing someone to be that stability and structure in your life.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

To be completely honest, I think I just played out a scenario in my head, but it’s definitely inspired by things I’ve seen. I’m currently working on a video for the track with a real couple who are two very close friends of mine. I think the theme of the song definitely applies to their relationship. They’ve been through so much together and have always come out of each situation even stronger than before. It’s inspirational.

How was the recording and writing process?

My writing process always starts at the piano. Sometimes, I’ve written every element of a song before I even start recording, whether that be a lyric, melody line, harmony or vocal hook. In the first few hours it’s just myself, my piano, sheets of A4 and a pencil. I produce my original music myself alongside Nick Keliris, a hugely talented writer/producer. We write and produce together for various other artists as well as our own musical projects. We’re creating a really great team, its exciting!

How have artists like The Weeknd and Drake influenced your writing?

Both are absolute legends in the game for me. The moment I hit play on any of their tracks, I instantly catch a vibe. For me thats really important. I remember the first time I heard ‘Poundcake’ in my mates car. I was instantly hooked by the introduction, then I remember just being slapped in the face with a hard beat, bass and a really cool vocal sample. It made me want to listen to the entire album. Whenever people play my music, I want them to feel it instantly like I did that day.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

I think my approach is probably quite similar. At the core of it, you’ve got to be willing to explore and be as creative as possible. I really like to delve deep into the meaning of what I’m writing/ recording whether that be on my own or collaboratively. Its so much easier to write a song when you have a vision or a story.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

I’ve been locked in the studio for nearly a year now so you can definitely expect some new tunes! I’m so excited to get more material out there.

Any plans to hit the road?

Performing is my favourite part of being a musician. Once I’ve got some more music out there, I’m going to get an intimate venue UK tour organised for sure.

What else is happening next in Link Lewis’ world?

I’m feeling incredibly blessed to be working with such talented artists, writers and producers every day! I’m just taking everyday as it comes. As long as I’m doing music I’m a happy man.

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