SG Lewis

Neon Reverb and We The Beat present ...

SG Lewis

The Rabbit Hole

Thu, March 9, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

Las Vegas, NV

$12.00 - $15.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

SG Lewis - (Set time: 12:00 AM)
SG Lewis
When SG Lewis wrote ‘Warm’ in his bedroom, he was pleased, but kinda thought he’d just made a fun but fairly straightforward post-club jam. Having received online plays in the millions and a feature on HBO show Ballers, it seems like Lewis might have underestimated his own goods. The former PMR Beat Club kid has become one of the most exciting young producers in the UK, but behind the loops and beatmaking lies the mind of a singer-songwriter, bags of soul, and the inventive spirit of a young experimentalist.

It all started from a young age, with the telly. After being in a few bands at school, Lewis saw an episode of Behind the Music on MTV about The Neptunes and had his tiny mind blown (“I didn't know that kind of production existed”). He ended up at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, and quickly became a resident at the prolific local club night Chibuku - known for methodical slow burning sets. All the while, he continued to make music, and when he was asked to remix Afro-German reggae artist Patrice he finally stumbled on a sound he felt excited about. “I naturally ended up with this quite downtempo sound. It still had a lot of weight behind it though, but in a non-abrasive way.” Having just broken up with his girlfriend and pulled out of a last minute holiday with friends, Lewis increasingly found himself sitting in his flat in Liverpool, at a considerable loose end whilst his mates hit up sunny climes and music festivals. He got his head down, kept writing and producing, and the songs just kept coming.

His biggest song to date has been ‘Warm’, his own post-club strand of restrained and atmospheric deep house. It was one of the last ever songs premiered by Zane Lowe before leaving Radio 1, and consequently caught fire, finding love everywhere from Hype Machine to Annie Mac sets. But it wasn’t until Lewis received a fairly innocuous DM on Twitter that the song went from searing to stratospheric. “A guy called Scott Vener got in contact on Twitter,” he explains. “I only took notice because he had a blue tick. He said he was going to put it on his TV show, and I was like, ‘Okay cool.’ It turned out he was the guy who does a lot of the music for HBO in America. My song ended up being played in full in the final scene and credits of Ballers, and my Twitter went into meltdown.”

One common misconception about SG Lewis is that he’s your standard internet bedroom producer; some teen hermit raised on a strict diet of Logic plugins, Porter Robinson remixes, Soundcloud likes and 125 BPM. But his craft is much more earnest than that, and actually sprouts from a distinctly acoustic background. He’s played guitar for ten years now, and taught himself piano, and most of his songs are born from playing about with chords on the latter. “I listen to a lot of singer songwriters,” he explains. “Artists like Bon Iver and James Blake have a big influence on what I make now, the way I approach sonics.” An influence he’s beginning to recognise in his sound is his love for hip-hop, and as with laid-back beat makers like XXYYXX, it’s easy to see how that SG Lewis sound could fill the space between a rapper’s bars. “808s and Heartbreaks was a big influence for me, plus early Common stuff like Resurrection.”

Surrounded by the likes of Disclosure, Jessie Ware and Julio Bashmore amongst the PMR crew, it is a wonder if keeping such high-achieving company makes SG Lewis feel inspired or more intimidated, but if anything he’s just purely focused. “They are an influence to any young producer. Any time you think you’ve made progress and something massages your ego, it’s put into perspective immediately when you’re surrounded by people who are way ahead of you. But I am unfazed and determined… I’m finding my own lane.”
The Rabbit Hole - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
The Rabbit Hole
The Rabbit Hole is a music experience exploring a wide spectrum of new sounds that include beat heavy jams, experimental and classics - all geared to breed a fresh music scene in Las Vegas. The legendary music culture, forward thinking beats, visuals and good vibes are essential to our experience. How deep are you willing to listen down the rabbit hole?
Venue Information:
124 South 11th Street
Las Vegas, NV, 89101