“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