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Addicted to playing live music

Scott Lewis, the rhythm guitarist and one of the members of The Blue Beats Duo, admits to being addicted to playing live.

"I have loved music all of my life," he says. "I played a number of musical instruments at school - the recorder, the violin and the oboe, but I didn't pick up a guitar until the age of seventeen. Then I was hooked.

"I had just gone through a teenage phase of collecting and listening to every Beatles record, so I quickly learned as many Beatles songs as I could.  Then I started listening to other 50s and 60s music, and eventually got a bit more trendy and started listening to more contemporary artistes as well.

I have an ear for harmony, so acts like The Everly Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel and The Eagles really appeal to me.  I usually have one of their albums on in my car when I'm driving along.  Other road users probably think I'm a bit of a nutter when they see me shooting along, singing at the top of my voice.

"My first love is guitar-based music - not too heavy, though - so when Oasis came along as part of the Britpop scene in the early to mid-90s, I couldn't resist them.

"I feel really lucky that I met Andy and the rest of the guys in the band and so much enjoy playing my music to a live audience - it's better than any drug, and highly addictive."