shapeshifter of different dimensions, Louis Guilliaume loses himself in
between the grooves…caught in the space between one beat and the next…
“There's no better high and energy rush you get when you stand in front of a crowd.
Sometimes after a great gig I have so much energy I can't sleep for a day or so. With
the live shows it's a totally different thing. I am more nervous because everything that
will come out of my setup is new, no recognisable tracks…only new material…and
that feeling for me is intense.”
Lose yourself in the music, to find yourself again. Rotterdam-based, but a
shapeshifter of different dimensions, Louis Guilliaume loses himself in between the
grooves…caught in the space between one beat and the next…
Influenced by Detroit and Chicago, bred in school-of-hard-knocks Rotterdam, and
long-time resident playing dance and disco sets (E.D.D, NV Opslag and Bootleg DJ
Café – Rotterdam) since 1997, Louis Guilliaume has found himself now among label
families such as Skudge White, Syncom Data, Midnight Shift, Sound Travels, Teng
Records, Seldom Felt and Glasgow Underground.
Armed with his choice of gear MPC2000XL with 8 outputs and an FX card, his tracks
have been described as “raw”, “drum machine aerobic” workouts and “pure electronic
funk from a gifted soul” – shuffling techno and house with vox samples, acid, sound
FX and crunchy gravel underfoot picked up from his lost excursions. Rough on the
exterior but with a soulful interior.
Take for example his debut ‘Soulpoint’ LP, released on Syncom Data in 2008. Both
were created at a time when the producer had hit rock bottom. Recently dumped,
disappointed and filled with aggression, desires but fortunately for us, some hopes
and dreams. Tracks like ‘Beyond the Stars’ and his own remixes (Syncom Lock mix
and Heat of the Storm mix) stand out for these reasons.
In between first making scratches on his mother’s Mantovani records to his wellreceived
productions and performances at Berghain (Berlin), Sub Club (Glasglow) for
a mini Seldom Felt tour, and headlining and sharing a love for Bohannon with legend
Carl Craig at the International Film Festival (Rotterdam, 2004), Louis also studied
sound engineering at SAE and released a debut LP ‘Electronic Generation’ on his
own label, Sonasty Productions in 2005.
Text by Debbie Chia