I’M OFFICIALLY MISSING YOU – Officially missing you
Ewood is a London Based singer-songwriter drawing inspiration from iconic artists such as Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars, his music can be described as both organic and authentic and has cultivated a loyal fanbase over the years. I discovered Ewoods music a few months ago when I saw him take the stage at The Bedroom Bar in London. Absolutely loved his Human Nature Cover! His passion for music and dancing is evident in his live performances and his songs tell stories of real life issues which most people can relate to. (Watch the “London Through The Eyes Of Ewood” Documentary for more). He’s humble and hardworking and I personally feel like those two attributes in an artist are what makes them great. Within the last few months Ewood has taken his music on tour and travelled around Europe and the U.K at sold out Venues. I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Ewood, Check out the full interview below.
HH: Tell us a little bit about your back story and how you got started in music?
EW: I remember being very young and watching Michael Jackson on TV, it was during the Bad Tour and I was like “Mum this is what I want to do”. I started music at the age of 8 years old, then studied music, drama and how to put a show together from the lights to the sound at the conservatory. I studied different styles of dance at a dancing school in Paris and London and I never stopped since. I’ve been on The Voice in France and I was the opening act of a very Popular French singer Axel Tony. I just finished my first tour “ The Truth Or Dare Experience” where I presented songs of my future album “Truth Or Dare”.
HH: Who are your music inspirations? Do you have a favourite artist of all time?
EW: Bruno Mars, Miguel, Sade, Seal, Jazmine Sullivan, Musiq Soulchild, Janet Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Adele, Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi, Aeromsmith, Craig David, Jamiroquai, George Michael, Michael Bublé, Tamia, Mary J Blige, Brandy, Maroon 5, R.E.M, No doubt, P!nk, Phil Collins, Mariah Carey, Usher and Rihanna, etc. My favourite artist of all time is Michael Jackson.
HH: You recently performed at a number of shows as part of your Tour; ‘Truth or Dare Experience’. I’ve watched clips of your sold out gig at Le Réservoir in Paris, it looked like such a good time! What was the best part and the most memorable moment from the tour?
EW: Definitely performing Live, hearing the crowd singing my songs back was the icing on the cake. During my sold out show in Paris at Le Réservoir when the audience was singing my song Sunshine, I must say it’s overwhelming to hear the entire venue sing your song. I had a lot of fun and I was feeling good vocally as well, it was a wonderful night.
HH: You’ve spent a lot of time travelling around Europe for tours and gigs. Which is your favourite city you’ve visited to date and do you have any travel essentials or things you simply can’t live without?
EW: One of my favourite city was Lisbon, it was unbelievable all the love I received there. I will be back there next year. 3 things I can’t live without are: my trainers, my computer, my scarf and honey. My trainers because I like to run and its part of my workout, my computer because nowadays without social media you cannot be seen or even exist lol, last but not least my scarf and honey because my voice is my instrument and I have to take care of it everyday.
HH: How do you get “stage-ready”? Any pre-show rituals?
EW: I do my warm up for 25 – 30 minutes, all my exercises are on my computer, then I need some time with myself – nobody in the room just me, I stretch, I focus my mind and my body. Then I join the band behind the stage, I usually ask my musical director; Layan to make a prayer, we all hold hands then I say a few words to my team and then SHOWTIME!
HH: I saw you perform an acoustic set with your guitarist; Ollie at ‘The Bedroom Bar’ in London. I love acoustic music and it’s amazing to see artists who vibe so well in an acoustic and intimate setting when everything is stripped back. Which do you prefer a full live band or an acoustic set? How important is it for you to work with people who musically you can vibe with?
EW: I like both settings, but I must say that an acoustic set is better to share emotions and to connect with people. It is very important for me to work with people I can trust, I can get along with and who can musically understand me. For example that’s the case with my guitar player; Ollie. He is a multitalented man, he sings, writes, produces, is an amazing musician but most of all he is humble and a good human being. It’s family for me and even if sometimes we fight because we are two human beings very passionate about music and our point of views, there is still respect and brotherhood between us.
HH: Which song do you love performing live the most and why?
EW: During my tour I would say “Promises”. It’s an original song from my future album Truth or Dare, it’s a ballad and it talks about my relationship with my ex girlfriend and how hard the break up was and how difficult it was for me to move on…a vocal song with the just the piano and myself. I like to perform this song because it raw. I noticed that every time I performed this song the public really enjoyed it. I might do a music video for it who knows.
YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE – SUNSHINE
HH: Where would you most like to perform? Dream City or Venue?
EW: London because of the amount of love and respect I received from professionals and the public. I performed at The Troubadour, The Bedroom Bar and at a fashion show; “ The Royal Fashion Runway”. My dream city would be Tokyo, hopefully next year; finger crossed. There are two venues where I want to perform in the future and I will work hard to reach that goal, it’s The Royal Albert Hall in London and at the Olympia in Paris.
HH: One of my favourite French Artists is Ben L’ Oncle who sings in both French and English. Is that something that you enjoy doing too? When it comes to songwriting do you write most of your songs in English or French?
EW: Yes, I enjoy singing in English and French at the moment it’s only in English. My album Truth Or Dare is a full English album with originals songs. I want my music to travel and be heard as much as possible. I have a really deep relationship with the UK , some of my family members are British, I studied here and I’ve been living in the UK for a while now. I don’t sing in English just to be like everyone else or to pretend to be someone else, I sing in English because it’s part of my heritage and my story as a man so it was a no brainer.
IF I DON’T REVEAL THE PAIN YOU MAKE ME FEEL – PROMISES
HH: Looking back on your music career so far, what would you say has been your proudest achievement?
EW: Doing the Chrissy B Show. Being interviewed and performing sunshine was just amazing and a huge platform. I am grateful and I am proud, that is something that nobody can take away from me. The fact that my first ever television appearance was made on a UK channel. Also, I must say that Singing at The Troubadour where Ed Sheeran and Adele Sung as well was also one my proudest achievements.
HH: What things inspire you to create New Music?
EW: Life In general, when I create music it’s very therapeutic. I always sing about what happens in my life and personal circle. I’m obsessed with human nature as well, how complex the human nature is, there are so many subjects to talk about, that’s fascinating.
HH: Do you have any other loves besides music?
EW: Yes I do, Dancing and Drama are my others passions, I studied drama at the conservatory and I was in a dancing school as well. I cannot imagine being on stage without dancing, now that my knee is finally healed, I will be able to dance again. I really want to be in a musical in the future and also have a part in a play or on TV I really want to play on Emmerdale.
HH: What drives you and keeps you motivated?
EW: Music is my passion I cannot imagine my life without, there are so many things that I want to achieve. It’s not easy everyday but the way I was raised and the formation I had at the conservatory gave me a strength and a determination that no one will ever be able to destroy. One of my mentors at the conservatory; Thierry once told me “If you want to last in the music industry you have to work very hard everyday, you have a special voice don’t waste it, being talented is not enough, make the difference by being you and you will go far.” This advice stuck with me and never left me.
HH: With a busy schedule like yours, what do you like to do in your down time?
EW: If im honest, at the moment I don’t really have a lot of down time, especially because of the fact that I am a new artist. I have everything to prove, I’m developing my audience, my fan base “The Teamwoodie” You have to keep going, carry on, work, work and work again. Also, I believe in work ethic, discipline, the more you practice the better you get. If im not performing, I’m in the studio, at the gym, writing songs or going to auditions. When I started I knew exactly what I put myself into.
HH: What can we expect to hear from your forthcoming album ‘Truth or Dare’?
EW: A very organic sound, a pop album with a lot of musical influences; deep lyrics, a strong message of hope and determination. I was going through an illness and the treatment was big and heavy on my body and my mind. It almost stopped my career, I gained a lot of weight and lost my voice. It was a very dark time and writing this album helped me to overcome all the mess I was going through at that time. I am also very thankful to my doctor, my personal trainers, my vocal coach and my family for their support. This album is my baby, it’s a complete rebirth for me. I consider myself like a phoenix, only death will stop me otherwise I will always fight to reach my goal. I wrote most of the songs and composed the music as well. I also work with some very talented writers, musicians, composer from France and UK. This is my best body of work at all levels. It’s raw and I am talking about addiction, sex, human nature, cancer, loss, being a dad, trust, being in control, and life in general. This is my journey and I feel that a lot of people will be able to relate to my stories.
I’m excited to see all the great things Ewood will achieve! See Ewood perform at the Troubadour on the 27th of December. Purchase tickets here.
The Troubadour , 263-267 Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court, London SW5 9JA
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