7 minutes with Steven Lee Lewis
Born in Joburg, Steven has been entertaining for most of his life. In fact, he’s even recorded a track written and produced by Wyclef Jean that had vocal production by Fergie! In 2014, Steven entered X Factor South Africa with his boy band FOUR, which won the competition.
Now, four years later, he is breaking out onto the solo stage and is about to release his first (totally awesome) single…
What’s it like going solo?
It’s a strange but exciting feeling. I gave my all in the group and sacrificed a lot as I always do in life. Now it’s time for me to take the next step of my journey and show everyone what I am about.
What’s the most difficult part of starting a solo career?
Probably introducing a new brand to everyone. It’s almost like starting fresh as an ‘unknown” artist. You also have to build a new fan base and do something that catches the market’s eye.
Where do you find the inspiration for your music?
I feel that I have a lot of creative energy, but I also find inspiration and motivation from other artists, as well as experiences in my life. I grew up listening to Michael Jackson and Kwaito music – I know that’s a strange combination, but maybe that’s what makes me who I am and gives me my performance abilities. Always wanting to be great inspires me!
Tell us more about your new single, ‘Only You’…
‘Only You’ was a concept I came up with for a song. I approached a very talented producer, Kyle Mitas, to assist me with the production for it. When he sent some ideas, I was super excited to finish the writing. I wrote the song, and everyone was happy, so we got moving straight away.
I was going for an Afro House/Dance Hall vibe, which infuses Pop/Urban sounds as well. ‘Only You’ is about that one special person in your life that you are so addicted to that it makes your heart beat uncontrollably…
Any other songs hitting the airwaves soon?
At this point I’m just focused on the first single, but there will definitely be a follow up single because I do have more weapons in the armory! I have a great team and I’m certain we’ll be hitting the airwaves with more songs soon.
What are your plans for 2018?
My 2018 plans are to release lots of original music, build my brand and build a huge following. I’m ready to set my mark in the music industry because I’ve been at this for years and now is my time to shine!
Where is your ideal travel destination and why?
New York, because the city is amazing, fast paced and there’s a lot of history and culture – especially for a musician or singer such as myself. The feeling you get when actually standing in the middle of the Big Apple just shouts out for you to do something great.
What music are you listening to in your car?
Destruction Boys – Omunye and Chris Brown. So, a bit of everything.
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