Formula One star Lewis Hamilton has declared himself to be “very serious” about developing his music, and has even found backing from Tinie Tempah on the quality of his tunes.
Hamilton gave a film crew from CBS a tour of his private studio, and also played them clips of his R&B styled tracks ‘J’Adore’ and ‘Lookin’ at You.’ The tour, accompanying interview and clips can be heard here.
Hamilton also talked about applying his sportsman’s work ethic to the music, but says he has no plans to release anything just yet. The studio Hamilton records in was originally built largely for his ex-girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger.
He said: “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.”
Hamilton also explains his commitment to the project, saying:
“Music has been a huge passion of mine since I was really young. 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 to a point now where it’s very serious … If I’m not training, getting ready for the race, I’m here.”
Total Access report that Tinie Tempah is impressed with Hamilton’s music, and is encouraging him to release it, with Tempah saying “It’s really, really good. It’s interesting. I’m curious to see how people will react to it.”
Hamilton’s sporting career keeps him away from home and his studio for large chunks of the year. He recently became a three-times Formula One World Champion, with the 2015 title his second consecutive win, and is a contender for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year for 2015.