Interview

Louis Futon

Louis Futon isn’t yet a household name, but chances are you may know more about his music than you think. Starting out as a remix wunderkind, the Philadelphia-born and LA-based artist has remixed tracks by the likes of G-Eazy, Mos Def and Goldlink, all of which have clocked up over 100 million streams. He’s also performed at festivals such as Coachella and Made in America and is garnering a fanbase that is taken with his hip-hop, soul, dance fusions.

And since the release of his debut album Way back When in February, the multi-faceted, genre-defying artist is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. We grab five minutes with him to find out what’s next.

You have previously been known for your hugely successful remixes, what made you want to create your own music, why was now the right time?

I’ve always created my own music, even while back in high school when I used to be in and out of bands I was there writing, recording and pressing CDs to hand out to everyone. Remixes are a really fun, quick way to get my creativity out, but making original music will always be the thing that fulfills me the most. It felt like I had developed my sound as Louis Futon enough to the point where I felt like I could make a cohesive project to share.

Your debut album spans several genres of music. What was the process of creating it like?

The process spanned two years and was originally sparked by the decision to no longer limit myself based on the pressure of what other people wanted to hear. I just stopped overthinking everything and made the music I love, which is inspired by my affinity for all of the genres you hear on this album.

Your album also features several collaborations, who else would you love to work with moving forward?

Besides the obvious ones - Anderson .Paak, Childish Gambino - I really enjoy working with artists who have a small following or are in their early stages of development. It really excites me to be able to take someone’s artistic vision and bring it to life in a way they never really expected and help them figure out who they are as artists.

What has working with such a diverse group of musicians taught you about the music you want to create?

I just want to create stuff that inspires me and makes me feel something.
Every time I work with a different musician I get really inspired by their ideas and by what they play. To add to that, I usually ask them who they’re influenced by and that allows me to dive in even deeper. It opens up my world.

You can bring three albums to a desert island - which ones would they be and why?

Awaken, My Love! By Childish Gambino which is arguably my favourite album of all time. It never gets old. Then, Malibu by Anderson .Paak. It’s perfect beach music. And lastly, Voodoo by D’angelo. You know, if I ever have some kind of romantic fling on this island I’ve gotta set the vibe, am I right?

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