DB Hews is the stage name of Eugene Egan, born on March 23, 1993 in Dublin, Ireland. The son of musician Paul Egan of the Liffey Light Orchestra, he picked up his first instrument age 5, starting his first band at 15. Through this and his involvement in choirs, he gravitated towards a blend of jazz, blues, and choral music.
He studied Law in Trinity College Dublin, at the same time writing songs for his band Amberfly, and for musicals in the theatre society. After Amberfly broke up, life events distracted from music, halting the release of solo material. Moving to Edinburgh for a Masters in Global Crime, Justice and Security, he joined up with the Edinburgh University Jazz Orchestra, singing jazz standards.
The posting of his Bob Dylan homage 'Frightening Times' on YouTube in June 2017 marked the first time his music had been heard since 2013. Building confidence, he wrote 'Does My Baby Even Care to Know' for short film 'Lose Like a Human' by Luka Vukos, winning Best Original Score at the Hyperdrive Film Festival 2018. He released his first ever single 'Shambles' in 2019, to instant critical acclaim, securing him a spot in the 2019 Nova Discovered competition, which he subsequently won.
Off the back of this, DB Hews supported the legendary Aslan at sold out shows in the Iveagh Gardens and Vicar Street in 2019. Now, in addition to recording tracks with Orange Room producer Kevin Brennan, he is working with the renowned Gavin Glass on a single to be released in summer 2020.