We had the good fortune of connecting with David Lewis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, why did you pursue a creative career?
I feel this is going to be my underlying theme, my thematic trope if you will, but it’s to eventually find and collaborate on a song with an old high school friend I lost touch with. When I was in 10th grade my friend Chris, a kid a grade above me that I met through my brother, brought a CD he’d made of songs he’d recorded. He’d produced and wrote every song that blared through the headphones. I was flabbergasted. I’d never thought that was possible, that was big artist label thing; my reality was shattered. I had personally liked music but now I was all in. We talked about how he’d crafted this mixtape, the instrumentation and his inspirations.
“You ever think about making a song? I heard you make beats on GarageBand.”
He caught me by surprise.
“Put something together for me by the weekend and I’ll use it on my next mixtape.”
I was psyched. I thought about that the rest of the day. The walk back to the apartment wasn’t the same. I was thinking of all of these crazy instrument melodies and transitions. Then I sat down in front of the computer, booted up GarageBand, then proceeded to make the worst beats ever. They were so bad but I was determined to make something halfway decent, though, I kept getting worse.
Friday came with a sobering conversation about my inability to making something worthy.
“But you tried. Just keep working at it and we’ll link for a song.”
Unfortunately due to him constantly moving we lost contact after he graduated, and six months after that I lost my love for music.
Years later here I am, trying to get famous enough to find him and collaborate on a song together.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My artistic medium is music. I utilize the digital audio workstation FL Studio to craft unique soundscapes that take inspiration from multiple genres. I was laying on an air mattress on the living room floor of my moms apartment when the thought hit me,”I could rap. That ish is easy.”
Oh was I dead wrong.
I began to research and learn about the music business, paying for beats, music licenses, royalties, etc. It made my head spin. Then I came across a video that changed everything. It was a old Youtube video of producer Lex Luger making a beat on a big back desktop PC. As I sat mesmerized by the process and what he was able to create I realized I had to look into the program he was using.
That’s how I was introduced into FL Studio.
Later that week my friend Jose, who was working security at the House of Blues at the time, got me into a BrickSquad Monopoly concert as an early birthday gift. Up until that point I wasn’t familiar with Waka Flocka Flame but after that evening, oh man.
That joy music gave me was reignited and I added another name to the list of artists to eventually work with.
To say the journey has been easy would be misleading but it has been fun. Just learning all the in’s and out’s of the industry and learning who is trying to help versus who is running a scam has been slightly challenging though. THe scammers are quite creative with their pitches.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Honestly I don’t get out much but we’d have to visit downtown Frisco and downtown Dallas for lunch and dinner.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shoutout my friend Yeti. I don’t know his real name but we’ve been friends for years and he’s constantly on me about making music and elevating myself in life. I want to shoutout Chris who was the first person to really help me first become focused on my passion for music. And last but no least my cat. Because getting up at 6:10am everyday is easier when there’s a cat suffocating you with a pillow because you haven’t gotten up to feed him yet. Fighting for your life just hits better than coffee.