The North East has produced some outstanding artists over the years. From pioneers of the scene like Lexicon Avenue, Scooby and Jacky to superstars such as Patrick Topping, Lee Walker and Elliot Adamson, dance music has always had quality from the area. Enter stage-left a new addition – Aaron Lewis.
Carpenter/joiner by day, high-flying DJ/producer by night (at least after his new baby is asleep) Aaron has climbed the ranks of the industry over the last few years to a point now where his sound is beginning to make some real waves. Already signed to Under No Illusion, Be One, Freakin909 and Cheeky Trax among others, Aaron’s trademark rolling tech grooves have started to pique the interests of some high profile fans such as elrow resident, Eddy M and Josh Butler, and support from UK press, iDJ.
Like many in the scene now, Aaron’s journey began in his teens listening to old rave tapes and going to local raves with his mates. His passion for the music sparked by watching his heroes manipulate vinyl, his weekends soon becoming extended practice sessions: “Me and my mates would be in record stores every weekend without fail then back to mine to make a tape with our new music.” He recalls. Producing began sometime later after ‘dabbling’ with
FL Studio for years. His weapon of choice once more serious was Ableton, which he’s remained faithful to for over a decade, with some night school classes to hone his skills. With DJing his first love, Aaron plays all over the North. His residency at ill-fated hometown club, Arena exposed him to a different side of nightlife and allowed him to explore his music spectrum as a warm up act. This lead on to Ruckus, Riff Raff and Colour, such was the
variety of clubbing options open to him in Middlesborough. From there, he travelled further afield to Darlington for Solar Knights, Digital in Newcastle and Parklife in Manchester gaining invaluable experience of big room environments.
As his sound has developed, so have his opportunities. Remixing Harry Romero in 2019 for Freakin909, his track became a runaway hit featuring in the charts of many peers and A-listers alike. Peaking in the genre charts top 10, it also made the 2019 Best Tech House of the Year chart on Beatport… not bad for a track only featured on the labels ADE sampler! Citing Kerri Chandler, Mark Knight and Carl Cox among his many influences, it’s safe to say this plucky family man has the talent to see him to the top of the game.
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