For our regular Future Is Now column we profile the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos.
SOUNDS LIKE: Heartfelt, organic, singer-songwriter pop with hooks for days
FOR FANS OF: Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, James Blunt
WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: Sydney singer-songwriter Dean Lewis' life changed the day his father showed him a 2005 DVD of Oasis playing in Manchester. From that point on, the then-17-year-old became obsessed with all things Gallagher, studying Noel's songwriting and devouring documentaries and live clips. Despite being a promising gamer – he represented Australia in 2005 at the World Cyber Games – music became his focus, and by 24 he'd earned a publishing deal and was writing songs for X-Factor and Voice contestants. It proved unsatisfying. "So I started stockpiling songs for myself," says the 28-year-old. One of those songs was debut single "Waves", which has been certified Platinum, streamed more than 13 million times globally, and featured in hit Netflix show Riverdale. He made his live debut late last year supporting Lisa Mitchell on her national tour, and spent more than a month overseas earlier this year playing in Germany, England, Belgium and the Netherlands; in Holland he performed on live TV in front of 1.5 million people. Last month, Lewis released his debut EP, Same Kind of Different.
HE SAYS: "I'm not trying to be cool. I'm not trying to write a certain kind of song for a certain station or certain kind of people. I just want to do what I want to do. Good songwriting, big songs, the best songs I can write, try and beat the last one. That's my obsession."
HEAR FOR YOURSELF: The stirring "Waves" may have been his breakthrough, but "Let Go" is surely a hit in waiting.