Guest Collector: Blake Lewis
Tue, 11 Dec 2007 13:54:38
Blake Lewis, fan favorite and one of the runners-up of the most recent cycle of American Idol, isn't exactly what he seems. Sure, there's more than a nod to Justin Timberlake with his boyish good looks, charm and beat-boxing capabilities, but this popster's influences lie deeper than Top 40.
We caught up with the Washington state native on his promo blitz for his debut album, Audio Day Dream, to find out what music inspires him to do what he does best. Turns out his musical roots run deep, and he's got a lot of hometown pride.
"8:16 AM" - 311 — Grassroots
It's very jazzy, and every time I hear that song it makes me think of summertime in Seattle driving in my white t-top Camero. This is one of my favorite albums.
"Running Down the Way Up" - BT — Movement in Still Life
One of my favorite musicians of all time. Got the song in 1999 while I was traveling in Europe; the female vocalist is amazing, and it opened my eyes to great vocal production.
"Joga" - Bjork — Homogenic
The poetry of the lyrics and the counter melody of the streamline is like 2 songs being combined into one—very beautiful.
"100% Dundee" - The Roots — Things Fall Apart
I love the Beat boxing. Black Thought is my favorite MC.
"PUSH" - Common Market — Common Market
This is real, true hip hop. It's my favorite Seattle hip hop (Ra Scion and DJ Sabzaee went to junior high and high school with Sabzaee).
"Leave Me Alone" - Michael Jackson — Bad
This is my favorite album of all time—that song! It's got a great chorus and is just an amazing song.
"Getting in the Way" - Jill Scott — Experience: Jill Scott 826+
This is my favorite live album. The arrangement of this song is what I love; they do it half time and then do it double time. Then they end up doing the full song twice which is so amazing.
"Save Me" - The Mob Law — Hold Us Down
Every song is so raw. The Mob Law exert so much energy from people. They're the best unsigned band in Seattle. They are like 311 but more punk.
"The First Taste" - Fiona Apple — Tidal
This is one of the most beautiful love songs written. Fiona is a beautiful poet. The way she uses her metaphors is one of a kind. There is no poet like Fiona Apple. It’s also very jazzy.
“The Sun” - Maroon 5 — Songs About Jane
This is such a funky sound. It sounds like Stevie Wonder. This song sealed my faith that good pop can still be written—and still be out in the mainstream. This is Prince and Michael Jackson all in one. Very sexy.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff