Chicago duo Louis the Baby talk about their debut album ‘Right here for Now’, a mission that wades by way of totally different digital kinds however in the end affords a substantial amount of good vibes in alternate for forcing you to confront your mortality.
“Little Issues” – Louis The Baby, Quinn XCII, Chelsea Cutler
If there was ever a summer time to ponder your existence and the uncertainty of the long run, it needs to be 2020. Fortunately, Louis the Baby created the right soundtrack for tackling these typically insurmountable concepts of their debut album Right here for Now. Chicago’s personal experimental digital duo, Freddy Kennett and Robby Hauldren, discover the brevity of life, the irreversibility of the previous and profiting from the time we now have on this dynamic expertise of an EDM album.
Coming on the concept of being “right here for now” from all angles, every observe affords a singular perspective on the concept, some about love and loss, some about chasing goals and objectives, and a few that extra merely remind us that each single second is golden, even the unremarkable ones. The 2 musicians, each of their early twenties, have been making music collectively for over half a decade now however have by no means as soon as misplaced their enthusiasm and sense of marvel, which is one in every of their greatest attracts to followers. Right here For Now comes on the good time for many people: not ignoring or disparaging the darkness of the world we’re in, fairly selecting to shine mild on the gorgeous components, the issues that make all of it price it.
Atwood Journal spoke with Louis the Baby about Right here For Now and the importance of these three little phrases, and their experiences creating their debut album with a vibrant solid of options (from Foster the Folks to Chelsea Cutler to EARTHGANG and extra). The blokes have stayed busy throughout quarantine in a myriad of artistic shops, and followers will probably be psyched to listen to there’s much more new music slated for 2020. Their simple going positivity is infectious and galvanizing, and the dialog will most likely go away you able to go create one thing spectacular of your personal.
Stream: ‘Right here for Now’ – Louis the Baby
A CONVERSATION WITH LOUIS THE CHILD
Atwood Journal: So what have you ever guys been as much as throughout quarantine, have you ever been in LA this entire time?
Robby: Yeah, we’ve each been in LA the entire time. We completed up the album proper earlier than quarantine began. So it type of timed out in a pleasant approach the place, you already know, we completed a mission after which we had been type of stoked to be locked inside and making a ton of recent music, and began designing lots of garments and stuff too. And studying much more, practising extra devices, like we’ve undoubtedly been making the most of this time because it’s most likely the longest we’ve gone with out touring wherever or performing any exhibits prior to now, like 5 years or so. So it’s been fascinating slowing down.
Freddy: It’s been very nice although, we’ve been making lots of issues. And we’ve been capable of do every little thing we need to.
That’s superior. I noticed that you just guys have been engaged on poetry and pictures and stuff too, on Instagram.
Freddy: Yeah, completely.
So for the reason that album got here out, have you ever been beginning on any new musical ventures or is it extra simply attempting to be artistic in all these different methods?
Robby: Yeah, somewhat little bit of each, you already know, we’re getting artistic in different methods exterior of music, however we’re ending up one other mission that we’re gonna put out this 12 months that’s much more digital. With all of the songs we now have we wished to make one other mission that’s extra digital and fewer about songwriting. Particularly with the truth that we’re not gonna be doing exhibits for a short time we’re actually attempting to place out as a lot music as doable. Although we simply dropped an album we’re nonetheless planning on placing out a bunch extra music.
That type of ties into the following factor I used to be gonna ask however Right here For Now being your debut album type of units the stage – is that this what we will count on your music to sound like going ahead or are you continue to going to be branching out on every new physique of labor?
Robby: Yeah, I feel we’re all the time branching out and attempting to do new and various things and never simply give folks what they could count on each single time. We’re all the time simply attempting to do one thing totally different than what we simply did.
What had been a few of your objectives for Right here for Now? Like whenever you began out the mission as your first album? And do you assume these advanced over the course of placing it collectively?
Freddy: I feel what we actually wished with our debut album was only a idea that will make us proud till the day we die. One thing that we will stand behind, one thing that fuels us to maintain going, and one thing which means lots to us and comes from our hearts. And Youngsters at Play, the EP we put out earlier than this one, didn’t have a cohesive message all through the mission and within the identify, so we had been like let’s reserve this debut album for a very particular which means and a particular message.
Robby: We undoubtedly additionally wished to be very various and showcase lots of our totally different pursuits in type that we’re able to and work with folks that we actually love. We undoubtedly received to make a few these collaborations come by way of on the album which is de facto cool.
You had lots of superior folks featured. Is there anybody else that you want to actually like to work with or like to have featured sooner or later?
Robby: Oh yeah.
Freddy: Just about everybody. Frank Ocean, The Black Keys, Tyler the Creator.
Freddy: Tame Impala could be wonderful. James Blake.
Robby: Child Cudi
Robby: LeBron James.
Freddy: Shaq? He raps and produces.
That might be loopy. Usually most mainstream listeners don’t often know the faces behind the songs and who produces every little thing lots of the time, are there any producers that you just discovered particularly inspirational on this album journey? Whether or not they labored on it or not.
Freddy: Undoubtedly Robert Glasper. He’s a pianist however the rhythms and the combination of Black Radio 1 actually formed lots of what I like main as much as this second. And never lots of younger children know of Robert Glasper.
Robby: So far as folks within the course of of constructing it although, like there’s one man that will work with Jason Evigan, an incredible songwriter and producer. We’re all the time impressed by our mates like Imad Royal, Whethan. Yeah, these folks undoubtedly have had a really vital affect on our creativity and in our method to music. And dealing with Foster the Folks as properly, Mark Foster is an incredible songwriter and producer and you already know, that entire expertise with him was so superior. We’re each large Foster the Folks followers and particularly their first document had a very huge affect on each musically. So attending to work with Mark and be part of the entire course of with him and study stuff from him was wonderful.
In producing and creating music with different folks, what do you discover are the distinctive challenges to that as a result of clearly you get an superior product lots of the time, however do you discover that something about that may be tougher than simply working between the 2 of you?
Freddy: A novel problem could be such as you’re working with a brand new individual to have the ability to construct a connection actually quick after which get snug with one another to put in writing one thing, you already know much less floor degree. To chop to the core with somebody quicker, as a result of in case you’re simply assembly somebody, there’s some instances the place folks don’t click on musically or character sensible, they don’t click on. It’s undoubtedly a great factor to have the ability to open up everybody and have a great dialog and simply get to know one another and get to know what’s going on within the thoughts of everybody within the room going into writing a track.
Simply type of attempting to create like a signature Louis the Kid’s sound whereas working with these totally different folks and once more, such as you stated, you need to all the time be attempting new issues, what do you assume have been essentially the most troublesome components of determining precisely what you need your sound to be andwhat you need to be recognized by?
Freddy: A part of it’s that you just don’t have a selection what you’re recognized by. You bought to place out music after which at a sure level, persons are like this traditional, like Kanye sound or traditional no matter sound, The general public will say what your traditional factor is and that begins to make you assume, oh, okay, in order that’s the traditional sound. Do I’ve to maintain doing that solely, is that the one factor they like? However with regards to creating we’re often fairly open and similar to to have a enjoyable time and don’t actually let these ideas get in the way in which. However, you already know, lots of our sound comes from the instruments we’re utilizing and the devices that we use on a pc or precise synths and what’s doable with them inside all these parameters. So so long as we’re experimenting with the entire potentialities and the instruments that’s type of our factor, making cool sounds and enjoyable, joyful music.
Robby: I really feel like the way in which that individuals discuss our music lots is that it’s extra like a sense. It may not sound like we anticipated but it surely seems like a Louis the Baby track, you already know? It’s a sense and I feel the truth that we discover so many various sounds and kinds, some folks would possibly confuse that for a “lack of course” however I feel our course is that it’s very various, but it surely’s all the time gonna really feel the identical approach.
Yeah, additionally with Right here for Now having a really constructive and upbeat really feel to it however then on the similar time you’ve got all these lyrics on “Bittersweet” and “Free” which can be fairly unhappy. So I assume how did you stability these two issues? It’s clearly not a superficial album. There’s like very summary and significant themes to it but it surely nonetheless has a really constructive feeling that it leaves. Is it troublesome to have these issues coexist?
Freddy: No under no circumstances, I feel it’s very wholesome to have a look at every little thing in life and see all sides after which come away with the constructive. To maintain these in your thoughts after you undergo darkish instances and heavy states. And it’s good to concentrate on these and the way they really feel and, you already know, the entire album is about being conscious of a very unhappy factor, prefer it’s about all of us dying. We’re all right here for now and we don’t know once we’re going to go away in order that’s undoubtedly a really unhappy indisputable fact that we’re mentioning and and the entire level of it’s to say you don’t know whenever you’re going to go so that you higher respect now and the following second and the following as a result of it may get taken away. And in case you can, you must respect the time with different folks, anybody in your life as a result of their time is proscribed too.
The entire album is happiness primarily based on a fairly unhappy factor and a heavy factor too. So, it is sensible that we’d take a look at the bittersweet nature of life and have some unhappy, unhappy tales, like with “Free,” so long as it’s true to life and true to the human expertise. if that was what made it, you already know. The human expertise that all of us really feel and that we really feel individually, if it match that then it match this album. There’s lots of heaviness on this planet, it’s not only a joyful place and it’s good for us to have a look at that. And have the ability to, you already know, have the facility to nonetheless deliver your self to a contented place due to all the good issues. There’s a terrific quote like, simply because there’s like one sick tree within the forest doesn’t imply you must solely give attention to the one tree, like are likely to that tree but additionally respect all of the wholesome timber.
Effectively stated. Did you guys write and put collectively all of the songs on the album inside a brief time period or are a few of them from a lot earlier on in your guys’ profession?
Freddy: There are one or two songs which can be a lot older than the remainder, and the remainder had been all made inside a 12 months and a few of them inside six months. However general minus one track, all inside a 12 months and some months. However the entire concept of Right here For Now stored constructing each time we wrote a brand new track, and what it meant to us in several takeaways. Each being what it means to be right here now in several methods.
Particularly about “Free,” I do not know if it is as a result of that got here out first and likewise final fall, however do you are feeling like there’s some separateness to “Free” from the remainder of the album? I feel it simply undoubtedly stands out for lots of people and I’m certain that’s intentional to some extent.
Robby: Yeah, I really feel like with any mission in case you’re following by way of all of the singles and then you definitely hearken to the mission the singles do really feel a bit such as you’ve already shaped this type of connection to them on their very own. So it’s totally different whenever you hear it in a mission. On the album that one’s received the largest drop to it and it’s a really huge excessive second within the mission however I don’t assume it truly is separate or something. I really feel prefer it matches properly into the mission, it matches properly with the observe quantity that it’s at. However I undoubtedly see what you’re saying, it has this large drop on the finish that you just don’t actually get elsewhere.
Freddy: It’s additionally one of many solely relationship songs within the album, which regularly makes it really feel totally different.
For certain totally different. I used to be lucky sufficient to see you guys final fall dwell on the primary Right here for Now tour, however I used to be questioning do you’ve got any huge plans for when dwell music returns? For like altering up your exhibits or something you may share about what you are wanting ahead to about that?
Robby: Yeah our tour received rescheduled to love finish of summer time subsequent 12 months. So fingers crossed, every little thing’s good by then. And what’s dope is that we now have on a regular basis between every now and then. So I feel we’re gonna be trying to change up some issues and we now have a lot time to arrange for it. It’s nonetheless type of early to essentially even know what we’re going to do, however we’re going to try to change the stage somewhat we now have a pair concepts already.
Freddy: And likewise we’ll have a lot new music and extra to make, by the following present we now have we’ll have most likely double the catalog we now have now. We’ll have oh, these are the brand new favorites, we’ll play It’s Unusual to have that throwback, there will probably be some time totally different really feel I feel.
Yeah, I actually can’t wait. So lastly, clearly you guys are actually younger and also you discovered lots of success actually younger, is there something you’d need to impart on different artists and musicians and producers beginning out type of place you begin.
Freddy: Completely. Rob and I’ve been studying this guide known as Atomic Habits, and that’s nice, it’s a terrific learn. In case you don’t need to learn it, mainly the entire level is you must undoubtedly be making these habits each single day to be doing all of the features of no matter it’s you need to be doing down the road. If you wish to be a producer, I imply you don’t need to play piano or your drums however like, you actually ought to be practising this stuff as a producer like drums and piano and perhaps perhaps voice. And so on daily basis, even when it’s 5 or ten or fifteen minutes, it’s nice in case you can spend lots of time doing it, however it may be an on a regular basis behavior to be doing what you aren’t good at but. And everybody begins there, and also you begin choosing up and it’s simply exponential if each single day you’re placing in work you’re constructing on the final day, and on daily basis you don’t work, you’re type of like shedding a few of that momentum you’re constructing. So in case you’re doing issues, each single day, and type of meticulously, even you probably have no time, discover time to put in writing for even simply 5 minutes, simply to have the writing juices flowing and getting that out and constructing that behavior. Simply any good behavior you may type you could be doing each single day that you just’re working in direction of your aim is what is important. No quantity of wishing you’ve got the talents or like wishing you had been at a sure level will take you there. It’s important to be decided to get there by yourself and construct that behavior.
Robby: And most significantly you actually need to consider in your self and consider you could accomplish the issues that you just need to accomplish and consider that you just deserve to perform. Is there every little thing that may get you there? Yeah. And, you already know, I’d undoubtedly say to any younger artist or musician, producer, singer, no matter, you already know, it’s 100% doable, and each single one in every of your heroes at one level was precisely the place you might be. And so they did it so if they’ll do it why can’t you?
That’s undoubtedly inspiring, thanks guys.
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