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Pulling inspiration from the powerful post-hardcore of Funeral For A Friend and Saosin, via the melody of emo and pop punk, Gateshead-based artist Future Dweller unveils his new single Luminaries. Here, we find out all we can about the multi-talented artist.

Who are you and where are you from?
I’m Lewis, and I’ve lived in the North East for about 12 years now. I don’t know if I ever see myself living anywhere else to be honest!

What is it you do?
I make music under the moniker Future Dweller. It’s just me on my own but I record and produce everything to try and fool people into thinking it’s a full band. Probably doesn’t work when I’m the only one appearing in photos though.

How long have you been doing it?
I’ve had the name Future Dweller knocking about for over 10 years. Initially I was trying to write stuff I could play solo on an acoustic guitar, which at the time felt like the only way you could really do it on your own. I never felt totally happy with the quality of my recordings, and I was too scared to have other people record my stuff, so I didn’t really release anything publicly for years. Back in 2020 I sat down and learnt how to produce music properly myself, which resulted in recording and mixing a song purely to prove out what I had learnt. This was during the pandemic so at the time I wasn’t concerned with ever playing it live, and I never even intended to release it – but this gave me the confidence to do the best I could and make it a ‘full band’ type thing. I was happy enough with what I ended up with that this became my first single, Everything Changed. I got really good feedback from friends and that spurred me on to keep going with it. So I suppose that was the start of Future Dweller proper.

What inspires you?
I take a lot of inspiration from the outdoors. I live near the top of a hill so when you look out the window you can see for miles, and there’s always something to look at no matter the weather, no matter the time of day. So it helps clear my mind and collect my thoughts. Going for walks helps a lot with that too.
There’s so much going on in the music scene around Newcastle these days as well. I used to think there wasn’t really much of a rock/heavier music scene in Newcastle, but it seems to be flourishing at the moment (or probably I just wasn’t paying attention before). Especially bands like Ruled By Raptors, Tired of Fighting and Wild Spelks – it’s just really inspiring knowing that there’s bands locally that are making such amazing music.

Tell us about your music
If I had to pick just one genre, I’d probably say post-hardcore comes closest to describing what I do. I also throw in some punk, emo and pop punk influences in there too. I’ve always gone for a ‘big’ sound when writing this kind of stuff, generally big choruses and so on. Basically what I do is chuck in as much stuff as I can possibly fit into a song, then realise I’ve ruined it, and then eventually rein it in back to something sensible. But then at the end of all that I’ve got something that I’m happy with, which still sounds interesting.

What have you got coming up in the future?
My new single Luminaries is out on 17
th May, which I’m really proud of! I’ll be back in the studio soon after and hopefully releasing an EP later in the year.

Where can people find out more about you?
You’ll find me on Facebook and Instagram under @futuredwellermusic, but the best place to find all my links is on https://linktr.ee/futuredweller.

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