Don't let Louis the Child's name or age fool you. The duo, made up of young DJs Freddy Kennett and Robby Hauldren, has mastered dreamy dance-pop that sounds wholly mature. The the past few months, the electronic group has garnered praise from the likes of Taylor Swift, Lorde, and everyone in between. They've also sold-out a number of shows on their "It's Strange" tour, played a packed performance at this year's Governors Ball in NYC, and have been deemed one's to watch in the music industry.
It's all thanks to their finesse at enhancing and navigating through the sounds of pop music. As a result, their infectious grooves have made them some of the most important tastemakers on Soundcloud. Over 155,000 followers on the streaming platform can vouch for their synthesized, shimmering renditions.
On the horizon for the group is a number of festival performances across the United States. And soon, they'll be releasing their debut EP. It's music to the ears of hundreds of thousands of their die-hard followers.
So if you haven't heard of Louis the Child yet, we think it's time for a change. We recently caught up with Freddy Kennett and Robby Hauldren at this year's Governors Ball to talk to them about their creative process, what they hope listeners get out of their music, and where they see their music going in the next few years. Ahead, get to know Louis the Child before they become a household name -- which we're willing to bet, will happen very soon.
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You just performed an incredible set at Governors Ball. What was going through your mind while you were performing?
We were amazed that so many people came out so early to see us. The energy they brought as insane. New York always goes hard but today definitely proved that. They felt like they were into it more than usual and I was like, "Wow! This is a great crowd."
What's the difference between Governors Ball and any other festival you play?
It's on an island and it feels very secluded. We haven't been able to see too much of it yet, but we'll go exploring soon, but at first glance it seems like it's own little world. It's cool that the city is right here, but you don't feel like you're in New York. You just feel like you're at a cool little park listening to music.
When did you first realized that you loved music?
I think it just happened. My dad showed me music from when I was young and I was always into all of it. It ended up that I wanted to make music. I can't pinpoint a certain time, but it was really growing up with music around us. We knew that Louis the Child could be a thing when we released "Compass," but after that we realized it could be a big deal. That's when we realized that Louis the Child could be a a legit act.
How has social media changed the way you operate as musicians?
Social media has brought us way closer to our fans. Artists have never been able to connect with fans on such an intimate level until now. We met kids today who told us they Snapchat us a bunch and that it means a lot when we respond to their messages on Instagram, so it's really special to meet people after you've talked to them on the internet. For us to be able to talk to them on Twitter or something makes it feel like they're not really fans anymore and that they're friends and family.
How do you choose a song to remix?
We like to play all different genres. It's all based on melody for us so we have a melodic style that we like to focus on. Trusting your ears is the biggest thing we've learned. A lot of musicians will say to trust your ears and if it sounds good and feels good, go with it. It doesn't matter what anyone else is doing or what they might think. If it feels right it feels right.
Where do you see the progression of your music going in the next few years?
Cool pop is what we're going for. It's good songs with good production -- at least we hope so. It's not going to be based on EDM or a drop; we'll have songs with drops but only if they ask for it. If a song doesn't feel like it needs a drop we won't do it. We take inspiration from RAC from that because RAC always produces cool, acoustic-sounding stuff. We want to do a similar thing but really ground it in the realm of what we've created so far. We don't have a form or anything we try to follow; we really just go with whatever works and feels right.
What do you hope listeners take out of your music or hearing your live sets?
We hope that it makes them happy, takes them somewhere else for a little bit, and helps them forget about other stuff that might be going on. We just want our music to leave people feeling good.
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What advice do you wish you had received before becoming a musician?
There are two things. One is work, work, work, work, work and to do as much as you can. And the second is that if you jump the gun things may be messed up. So just be patient with everything and things will happen if you let nature do its work and let things come to you.
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