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ACM is pleased to congratulate Robert Austen on becoming rising singer/songwriter star Lewis Watson’s session drummer. Robert went through a gruelling audition process that was set up by Industry Liaison Suzi Ireland from ACM’s Business and Artist Development Centre (BDC).
Robert, who completed an ACM’s Higher Diploma in 2007 before graduating from ACM’s Drums Degree Course in 2010, will join Warner Music artist Lewis Watson on a range of live and recording projects as his session drummer.
“Suzi was incredibly helpful, and organized two great auditions that suited our needs. We saw a good range of candidates and I would happily come back for auditions in the future”
After gradually building his own fan-base and producing an iTunes singer/songwriting chart topping debut EP called ‘It’s Got Four Sad Songs On It BTW’ twenty-year-old Lewis Watson, has come a long way since his sixteenth birthday when he received his first guitar.
“People are calling my age group the broken generation, yet we’re getting out there through social media and breaking the mould by writing meaningful songs.”
In the summer of 2010, Lewis began to build a YouTube following, mixing original material with performances of his favourite songs snowballing to 23,000 subscribers. Lewis can now boast a captive online audience of over 45,000 subscribers.
Along with a growing audience and a reputation for writing highly emotive music, Watson has found himself collaborating with the likes of Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys), Richard Wilkinson (Kaiser Chiefs), Iain Archer (Jake Bugg), Kid Harpoon (Florence + The Machine) and Mr Hudson.
ACM would like to once again congratulate Robert Austen and wish him the very best of luck for the forthcoming opportunity with Lewis Watson.