The F1 star says he’s “very serious” about making music.
After conquering Formula One, Lewis Hamilton is now setting his sights on the music business. In an interview on CBS News Show 60 Minutes, the triple F1 champion revealed he’s “very serious” about his musical ambitions, as well as showing off two tracks he's been working on.
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During the interview Hamilton gave a tour of his in-home recording studio, where he played unreleased songs, 'J'Adore' and 'Lookin' at You’. “Music has been a huge passion of mine since I was really young,” Hamilton said.
“I started playing guitar when I was 13. In here, I can be me, I can be vulnerable. I can show a side of me that people don’t get to see. The plan was that it always started as a hobby but it's got a point now where it's very serious, and we spend a lot of time in here.”
“If I'm not training, getting ready for the race, I'm here. I never thought I would have people following me. You know, fans. I want to share it with them, I want to see what they think. My work ethic is exactly the same here as it is on the racetrack.”
“But it’s just here I can be me,” the 30-year-old added. Hamilton’s music is influenced by R’n’B and he counts artists such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Kodaline and Jay-Z as some of his inspirations.
Hamilton was also previously in a relationship with singer Nicole Scherzinger, who he originally built his home recording studio for. In 2014 he told BBC Radio One, "I built the studio (in my home) for Nicole, so she didn't have to leave the house to go back to LA, and now she can hardly get in because I'm always in it!"
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