Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Catching Up With Lil' Louis
The space that Lil’ Louis occupies in the vast world of electronic music, is up there amongst the legends and those founding fathers of the music that brings our club to life every single weekend. His personality oozes the calmness and sincerity of a wise soul and when it comes to his music you can feel it – it’s real and powerful.
You know he’s always going to bring it in style and substance and this is what makes him especially suitable for Room One on New Year’s Eve and is also why we feel especially privileged to have been granted some time with him. Gaining an insight into his inspirations, history and even some treasured advice; we can all take a piece of Louis for the next year that we are celebrating the birth of tomorrow night, here in Farringdon. Read on to get inspired by the wise words of Lil’Louis.
My dad played a very significant role in my life, and is perhaps the biggest influence on my musically.
I started discovering clubs in 1974. I started DJing in summer of that year, and by the end of the year, a few people liked what I was playing and hired me.
In the 70s, it was tough. Every DJ back then was told what to play. And for some reason, I already though I was a star, so subsequently, I got a lot of bottles thrown at me, and subsequently fired from every club I played. But it was fun, changing the culture.
I didn’t go to clubs to check out other DJs, and the DJs that were out back then were not playing dance music. I was the first one in Chicago really to play uptempo music, which was, hence the reason for the bottles.
Ron Hardy is passed away. And Chez and Ron are much younger than me. They came up actually going to Frankie, Ronnie and my parties. Ironically, I have never gone out to clubs, unless I am playing at it; or own it.
My favorites are “Never Ending Song” on my new album and “Do You Love Me,” on Journey.
I love collaborations because they expand your approach to music. I would probably forgo working with someone now, and if I could, instead go back and work with Led Zeppelin, The doors and Satie.
The start of my career was 1974. I opened the Future in 1985. The changing in technology is bittersweet. Sweet, as in it is clearly easier to edit than on cassette deck, but bitter, in that it makes most people lazier. And I think that reflects in the music.
Crystal ball. I kind of did that in 1992, with a song called New Dance Beat, where before Napster I predicted the r ecord company recession, and copy machines spitting out song after song. That was depressing enough, so… I’ll put down the ball, and try to change music for the better…. once again
Five records. Too difficult. But they wouldn’t be what you think.
I am very excited to play fabric. I plan on bringing it, so tell your crowd to rest before they come.
New Year’s Resolution? I don’t do that. I already know what I want before Dec. 31st. I just figure out each year a better way to get it.
I haven’t quit making house music, but my focus is on Directing Film now. I have a film coming out about House music in 2012… Stay tuned…
I was very pleased with the result of the book and CD. It’s not done yet though…. Stay tuned…
The most important thing in my view from the book was, that every thing happens for a lesson, not a reason, and the moment you learn the lesson, start like a tree in spring, turn new leaves.
Enjoy the space as much as the notes. God gave that to me.
To be closer to my Father, I have everything else I need.
Written by Annie Buckle