One of the brightest stars from Wales, singer-songwriter Danielle Lewis has a voice that is haunting, intimate and intriguing. We speak with Lewis about her upcoming debut album Dreaming In Slow Motion, animal reincarnation and future plans.
OSR: What drew you to the music industry?
Lewis: It was the chance to be able to create something lasting and share it far and wide
OSR: Do you have a musical background?
Lewis: I was told my grandmother had a beautiful voice but never the confidence to pursue it. I’m grateful to be a classically trained vocalist. It’s definitely helped shape my writing and music over the years.
OSR: What can you tell us about your debut album Dreaming In Slow Motion?
Lewis: The album holds an array of thoughts and emotions, particularly from moments of growth in my early twenties. It’s allowed me to delve deeper and display the beauty in those reflections.
OSR: What is your favourite track on the album?
Lewis: My favourite track would have to be ‘In My Sleep’. It’s fragile and haunting layers are drenched in vintage synthesisers.
OSR: What about your least favourite?
Lewis: I wouldn’t say I have a least favourite but there are lyrics that have felt more difficult or painful to write and that would be ‘A Woman Like You’ which was written about my grandmother whom I lost when I was 8 years old. The album version feels particularly special being presented by strings only.
OSR: If you could change anything about the album, what would it be and why?
Lewis: I think when it comes to a body of work like an album the difficult part for me is deciding on the whole feel of the album. I like to produce what I feel each song deserves and this album could be presented time and time again that I would explore.
OSR: What do you hope people take from your music?
Lewis: I hope people feel their own connection to my music, be it the lyrics or the way it makes them feel. To be able to listen back time again and still feel relevant.
OSR: If you could spend the weekend with any living celebrity, who would it be and why?
Lewis: It would have to be Townes Van Zandt. His music holds a special place in my heart and I was lucky enough to perform on the very same stage he regularly graced at Cactus Cafe in Austin, Texas.
OSR: If you were reincarnated into an animal, what animal would you be?
Lewis: I would probably be a swallow for my love of flying and migration to warmer climates.
OSR: What can we expect from Danielle Lewis in the future?
Lewis: I look forward to getting the album out with the band and playing some live shows.