We had the good fortune of connecting with Blake Lewis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Blake, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
It was uncontrollable. Some people have vices or addictions that are tangible. For me, it was always singing, doing cartoon voices and making strange noises with my mouthhole. LOL I was that weird kid in junior high trying to make you laugh or subconsciously beatboxing never knowing I was annoying you. I couldn’t help it. It’s innate in my characters design. I feel the universe put me on this planet to communicate my craft at an early age. It didn’t become a career until I channeled it all after high school. I’m rebellious in spirit and knew I had to make this a career, whatever that entailed, I was ready.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I feel what sets me apart from others is my curiosity & fearlessness on stage. The art of improv & freestyle has always been impressive to me because you never know what you’re going to get. Could be amazing or the worst thing you’ve ever seen. In my stage show I try to bring people out of their comfort zone. I invite them on stage and sample them using my Kaoss Pad or loop pedal making a whole song using their voice and my own. It’s super fun, but has potential to be a disaster and that’s what I love about it. The kinetic energy being transferred not knowing which way it will go, is still so exciting to me.

I’ve been a professional for over 20 years now and just saying that out loud is crazy. In any career you have your up’s and downs, and believe me, I’ve had plenty. The lessons I’ve learned along the way are pretty simple. Always have goals to reach, be kind to everyone, & have fun! Whenever I don’t have a goal, I get lost and become depressed because I know I’m not challenging myself. I’ve learned that kindness goes a long way and if I’m not having fun, why am I doing this in the first place.

Right now I’m challenging myself to create out of my normal box and started a new project called The Private Language with my dear friend and collaborator KJ Sawka. It’s a concept that has been on my mind & heart for many years. A project that takes me out of my body and in to a new character. My voice is formant shifted to change the timbre of my voice just slightly, which allows me to be another person. I call him Lazlo for fun. LOL The costuming is very desert sheik & funky. I was imagining what it would be like if Duran Duran, Tame Impala, & Daft Punk got really high on acid at Burning Man and jammed. What would that music sound & look like?… So we have been experimenting with Pop infused Funk & Electronica. I think it’s the funnest things I’ve done in a long time and it’s making me really happy.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When my best friend comes to town we usually head west to Santa Monica and long board to Venice. Have some grub at The Whaler to start the day and enjoy the beach with some friends. It’s one of the true ‘Cali’ things to do. Love heading to LACMA or The Getty depending on whats on display. I really love taking people to my favorite restaurant Here’s Looking At You to have a fun, imaginative meal in K-Town. That place is incredible!!! Best way to end the night with friends is usually a great show, comedy or game night. I love The Fonda, Hotel Cafe, The Improv, The Virgil, Black Rabbit Rose, The Wiltern & a hundred other amazing venues in LA. There is so much entertainment in this town. I never want to take it for granted. For dessert, I take my friends to my favorite ice cream shop Sonny’s in Sherman Oaks. Delish!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My story always begins with my mother, Dinah. She is my first inspiration. I grew up listening to her sing bluegrass & American Folk songs while finger picking on her Guild acoustic guitar. She’d always have friends and artists over at the house rehearsing and working out harmonies before going to her shows. Seeing other artists on the bill at the Folk Life Festival in Seattle and watching just how much she loved to sing and play guitar was super inspiring and got me curious about the music world.

Through out junior high & high school I was in various choirs, learned to play piano, guitar, and started writing little songs but it wasn’t until meeting Matt Selby that I knew I could make this a career. He was in a professional a-cappella group called M-Pact that literally changed my life. As a writer, arranger, and an amazing beatboxer, Matt blew my mind. I went from subconsciously making noises to becoming a beatboxer over night. You could never shut me up then. LOL I became obsessed with beatboxing. It was my drug. I got more in to hiphop, world beat, electronica and anything with complex rhythms. During this revelation, my love for electronic music was heavy and the vocal production in BT’s music really inspired me to be as creative as I could as a live vocalist. Infusing beatboxing with jazz, classical & world beat. These 3 people shaped me in ways I will never forget.
Love & Happiness – Blake

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Image Credits
Michael Profitt

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