Courtesy of Lewis Bootle Via Facebook
Lewis Bootle, hails from Hertfordshire, with soul in his voice and an acoustic in hand, displaying reality as he sees fit. With the success of his single, “Do What I Need to Do,” and climbing the chart on Tradiio’s List to watch out for, Bootle sets standards high with his debut EP, set to be released the 5th of October. I had the chance to ask Bootle some questions and get a closer look at his voice and message.
Did growing up in Hertfordshire have an influence on your music taste?
Yes growing up in Hertfordshire did, I grew up in a little village nestled in the fields so it was quiet, me and friends would walk around with beaten up guitars to kill the time. Walking around like this sounds very like the country artists my dad used to play in the car, so yeah I liked country, but you couldn’t inhibit other people playing their music on the bus so inevitably I heard a lot of grime, rap, soul and other types of music, as everyone did.
How did music start with you, on all aspects?
My earliest memory was in the car aged 5/6 beating on the back of the front seat head rests, my Grandad was also a drummer his whole life so I guess that brought the rhythmic sense out of me to. I always leaned towards the creative arts at school, painting loads and playing music I was faced with the verdict of my two favourite things falling into the same GCSE choice column, after discussion with the parents I chose to take Art & Design, I followed this to a University standard but always had a guitar hindering my grades throughout so I can never really say i was fully focused. After finishing my Degree it was either carry on along that path or step to something that felt a lot more real.
I’m in love with your voice! Reminds me a little bit of Alex Turner from The Arctic Monkeys. How did you develop your style of singing? Or better yet, how did you decide that spoken word would appeal better with your music?
I remember hearing Jenny Don’t Be Hasty by Paolo Nutini when I was 13 or so, thinking how cool the story was and how his voice carried it with so much emphasis, that’s what made me realise you need to put a lot of energy into your voice for people to listen. As for the spoken word, It’s always been about story line with me, the more natural you can make the story line sound the easier it is to walk the listener through the track, only in the last year or so I have been properly refining my voice to see what I can do with it, I was always quite a versatile singer when I was younger but I think any boy can be before their balls drop. So as I got older and listened to more artists scrambling rhymes and lyrics together make a story I was fascinated and experimented more. The voice comes. Just try new things.
“Do What I Need to Do” carries powerful emotion in your tone, and this line, ‘There’s not enough time in the life, to do what I need to do,’ gets straight to the point- What was the thing “you needed to do,” that triggered the creation of this track? (If I may gush, this track motivated me during a listen one day.)
It all came out at the end of my Uni degree, still confused not knowing what I was doing, pulling pints down at the local pub, I was standing there thinking what exactly am I doing here and didn’t feel I was doing what I needed to do, thus the song tumbled. I find this a lot though, my songs often come out of being in uncomfortable situations, but people connect with that.
Let’s talk about your success with Tradiio. Did you ever expect to be an artist that would catch their attention, and so many listeners?
The first time I heard about Tradiio was from a friend using the service, I thought I’d have a little look about what all the hype was, after browsing through their top 100 global chart, I gathered a rough sense of what sort of music they were mainly into, it was electronic. I had a song called All I Know that I’d co-produced with a friend that I thought would fit the bracket, I set it free into the Tradiio Global charts and before I knew it All I Know was getting a mad response and I was getting messages from the Tradiio employees saying how good the track was, in a way I knew the track was a good track but I didn’t think it’d get the response it did. Thanks to Tradiio for the boost of publicity.
The acoustic version of “All I Know,” from Tradiio Sessions, happens to be my favorite version of this track. With that said, your delivery is something that translates perfectly in your music. Would you agree that the majority of your tracks posses heavy ‘social commentary’? If not, what would you say is the common element your music carries?
Thanks! It was a really fun performance, it was originally set for a London rooftop but due to weather conditions we had to move it to one of the Tradiio employees cool little London abodes. At the moment I would say it’s personal commentary in retrospect to social commentary, the constant comparison of what is right, wrong, fashionable, acceptable etc. because I don’t think there is any right answer for any single person’s life style so I measure mine against other peoples which allows me to write. I just try and listen to what other people think or might be too scared to say and compare my own strengths and weaknesses to them, I think the more honest you can be the more people listen.
How excited are you for your debut EP? Anything listeners should expect by the release?
Very! It has been very long-awaited, I already have hard copies that I’m flogging at gigs and they’re flying to be fair, so if you don’t want to wait until the 5th October when it’s released on iTunes you’ll have to pop down to one of my gigs, they’re in London and London never sleeps so there’s no reason to waste your time in bed. Get down to a show! I’m just planning a release date at the moment, so keep glued to my social network if you don’t want to miss the information.
What do you think people need to know about you?
All people need to know about me is that i’m always writing and gigging in London, my next E.P is nearly written and will be on its way shortly. follow me on social networks for all updates.
Twitter / @bootytunes