After Isi & Lewis of Two Ways Homes performance at Country On The Coast we decided to get in touch and send them this interview. These photos are credited to Colin Jones & Steve Spurgin. This is what they had to say.....
How long have you been writing and performing country music?
We started playing together in 2010 and really just fell into the country genre. We never really made a conscious decision to perform country music until one of our very good American friends came to one of our gigs and said we had a bit of a country flavour and that it reminded him of home! He suggested we should go to Nashville and check out the scene and that’s what we did. So in the summer of 2012 we flew to America and decovered the Nashville sound.
If you could invite the people who have influenced you in your music career to a dinner party, who would you invite?
Prince, Freddie Mercury, Mariah Carey, all of the Eagles, Salvador Dali, Bonnie Raitt
If you were to take one well known song and put your own country twist on it, which song would you choose?
All I want for Christmas is you!
If you had the chance of performing anywhere in the world, Where would your dream venue be?
Red Rocks Amphitheater!
What excites you about the British country scene?
It’s great how fast it has grown over the past years and also that you get a real feel of community by being part of it. There are a lot of great acts putting their own little twist on country music.
The British country music scene is growing fast. Each artist having their own take on what country music is to them.
How do feel that our music stands up against the music coming out of America at the moment?
We think it’s important to stay true to your own sound and not try and mimic the American sound as we feel like this takes away from the authenticity of an artist. There are many great UK based writers and artist who are producing amazing music.
Where do you see British country music in 5 years time?
Hopefully some of the British “country music” artists can expand and find success in other countries as well. And we hope the scene keeps growing and people realise that it’s not all about cowboy boots and line dancing but that the music is actually great and the songwriting is the thing that really stands up in this genre.
Do you think you will be more accepted in 5 years, when you say you are a British country music artist?
Country music is definitely becoming more popular and there is less stigma around it.
Where can we find you on social media?
Isi & Lewis