OXFORD’S nineteen-year-old singer-songwriter Lewis Watson caused a huge stir when his self-released debut EP ‘It’s Got 4 Sad Songs On It btw’, now local fans have the chance to get up close and personal when he performs at the Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast on Saturday (November 3).
In the summer of 2010, Lewis uploaded a cover of Bombay Bicycle Club’s ‘Swansea’ to YouTube and received enough positive feedback to create a succession of other home-filmed performances of songs by artists such as City and Colour, Ben Howard and Bon Iver.
His YouTube following grew organically as he continued to mix original material with performances of his favourite songs.
After Watson played a gig supporting his former music tutor Joe Porter of t-Beat, Porter suggested that he could produce the young musician’s first proper material. Recorded in just three days on a nonexistent budget, the result was the debut EP ‘It’s Got Four Sad Songs On It BTW’ which highlighted Watson’s emotive vocals across four intimate songs based on his own experiences.
Within days of the EP’s release, Watson had attracted the attention of just about every record label in the land and soon inked a deal with Warner Bros Records.
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