Devin Lewis is an actor and music producer. He has appeared in the national touring production of Newsies as well as other productions such as Light in the Piazza and most recently Next to Normal. Devin also produces his own music that can be found on all music streaming platforms!
How long have you been doing theatre?
I started doing theater when I was in 6th grade at my college and local community theater. Before, I grew up playing sports in a fairly conservative neighborhood; so as you can imagine it was a relief when I found the performance. I finally found a community in which I felt comfortable. Obviously, I couldn’t get enough of it and later I majored in musical theater in college.
What has been a favorite role you have played?
It would probably have to be Fabrizio in The Light in the Square. It was my last year in college and Victoria Clarke came to direct. As cliché as it sounds, I felt like I learned something new about the show and the role every night. I could see my growth as a performer during the race.
What is your favorite musical?
Hmmmmm ok, ok, I should say Spring Awakening. It came out when I was in high school and it was a major influence on me and the decision to pursue this long term. It was the first time I was like, “Hey, I really want to do this as a profession.” Also, the poetic lyrics and melodies really inspired me as a music writer.
Do you have a dream role?
Hmmmmmm probably Tony in West Side Story.
Favorite musical song?
Honestly, I feel like it changes all the time BUT randomly I really like “What Can you Lose?” By Sondheim of Dick Tracy. Maybe I love it so much because I love to sing it, but it’s so beautiful and it touches me every time I listen to/sing it.
As we continue to navigate through the pandemic, how have you handled it as an artist?
It was quite difficult. I can certainly speak for myself, as well as many artist friends, that this time has seriously challenged the trajectory of our lives for us (even more so than before). I am at an age where I begin to crave stability; and unfortunately, stability is harder than ever to find for us right now. It’s a huge reason why I started producing music. It gives me autonomy to be creative and it turns out to be a good cushion between acting gigs!
What are your musical influences?
My listening taste is all over the place these days. I do “an album a day” where I listen to a new album every day. I was laughing at myself the other day because I have what I call a musical boost. One day I listen Billy Joel‘s “52nd Street,” and the next day I’m listening to Megan Thee Stallion’s “Something for the Hotties.” As for the influences, it depends on the type of track I’m working on. I really loved JP Saxxe. His words struck me in a different way. He has a way of saying things in a very unique way, but they still hit you so deeply. I was also obsessed with the production of Madeon’s album, “Good Faith”.
When did you decide to write, create, produce your own music?
I always tell everyone to buckle up when I tell this story. Long story short, I started producing music when I was in high school. My uncle has this amazing jazz band and they record all their music in his basement studio. He knew I was writing music, so he set up my own little studio for me. Throughout high school, I forced my friends to come and sing in my bedroom closet. I was actually between going to music production and acting school, but I chose the latter, but I definitely went with it over the years. Once the pandemic hit, I became really committed to teaching myself and taking classes to take my music to the next level. I knew a bunch of theater artists were taking that time to write their own music, so I knew there would be a market of people looking for a producer.
What is your musical style according to you?
My favorite music to produce is definitely pop/dance, but I do everything depending on the project I’m working on. I think producing pop/dance music allows me to be a bit more creative and show off my producing skills.
Thank you so much. This track, along with our “I Am What I Am”, are two tracks I’m incredibly proud of. I have to give a lot of credit to my best friend and partner in crime jimmy larkins. He runs the @letshearitforthechoice Instagram account and we wanted to use his platform to create dance remixes of musical theater songs to help bring some joy into people’s lives during the pandemic. I do the tracks and he does the videos and that has allowed us to collaborate with some of the really brightest and nicest artists in town. We have another one coming out very soon, so keep an eye out for it 🙂
When someone listens to your music, what do you hope they get out of it?
I think it really depends on the track. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately and trying to clarify why I make music and why I play. I think it’s very easy to lose sight of that as performers and creative types. Vulnerability is super important to me and I think it’s kind of a life mission of mine, dare I say it, to create space for vulnerability through my art. This applies when I produce music and perform. I think people show up at the theater and put on their headphones to feel something and I really hope to create a space through my art that says “hey, it’s okay to feel this. I feel this too, so let’s feel- the whole.”
Where can we find your music?
Guess! Thank you very much for your time! We can’t wait to see what you do next!