Andy Lewis - on Acid Jazz Records
How do you tell the Andy Lewis story?
It’s almost too diverse to include on one page.
It began at the legendary Town and Country in Kentish Town, specifically the Locomotion, the popular sixties night run by Radio DJ Wendy May in the mid-1980s. Andy Lewis was a regular, albeit enthusiastic punter who eventually persuaded the hostess to let him loose as a warm-up DJ. At 17, his collection of sixties soul, psyche and easy-listening soon saw him at the top of the DJ pile.
In the early 90’s Lewis became the architect of the growing Brit-pop scene with his regular nights at The Laurel Tree in Camden Town. The scene that coalesced around his weekly residency soon blossomed into the cutting edge sound of the decade.
Spells as Blur’s tour DJ, and as bass player with the short-lived but highly touted Pimlico, soon led to Andy taking the step up to London’s West End. His groundbreaking ‘Blow Up’ night at the WAG club in Wardour Street became the place to be seen for a new generation.
Not wanting to turn his back on performing as a musician, Andy joined indie band Spearmint as producer and bassist and was rewarded with a top ten indie hit. Successful tours of Japan and Europe convinced Lewis that the time was right to make his own music.
Acid Jazz encouraged the idea and soon put him in touch with a number of vocalists. The result saw guest performances from Andy’s childhood heroes Reg King from The Action. soul star Keni Burke (the Curtis Mayfield protégé), John’s Children’s Andy Ellison and soul diva Bettye Lavette. His 2nd album featured a collaboration with Paul Weller, entitled ‘Are You Trying To Be Lonely’,which sees the Modfather adding his voice to a joint-penned northern soul stomper.