- SALUTE: Did you have a good summer Louie?
All good thank you! Just getting back into the chaos of being a full-time musician again. I spent most of the summer writing and performing but when September comes around it’s time to start making a living again and I do that through lots of teaching and session work.
- SALUTE: Where did you grow up? What was it like musically?
- SALUTE: What was the music scene like in the village?
- SALUTE: How did you get started making music?
- SALUTE: What was it like fronting an all-girl band at 15 years old? Were you a group of friends or did you get together to start the band?
It was pretty terrifying fronting the band as I didn’t feel like I knew enough about guitar or singing really but it just seemed to develop organically. We all were going through the same sort of teenage issues and instead of wallowing in it or hiding from it, we wrote songs about it. We were a group of friends and we worked on the songs all together.
- SALUTE: What did you study at uni?
I studied Music and Drama at Bath Spa University. The music course was great as we were given quite a lot of flexibility and opportunity to explore and study what we wanted. Looking back, I wish I had taken a module in commercial music though it was very much in the early stages of recording and production techniques that we have today. However, I did end up developing my vocal technique to operatic soprano standard and directed an opera which has enabled me to work across a wide range of genres and styles in a professional capacity.
- SALUTE: What gear do you use for recording and production?
I started off with using Audacity and a lapel mic (which actually works rather nicely on a classical guitar !) to get my ideas down and now I use my iPhone to record my ideas. I’ll then do a rough demo of the song with whatever layers I feel are appropriate, usually quite a lot of vocal effects and use my Fender American Elite Telecaster through my Fender Mustang iii amp to get the sound I want.
My songwriting is quite varied so the recording and production process is different depending on the style of song. I still haven’t found the recording software that suits me so I do a bit in Logic, a bit in Cubase and a bit in Garageband! My dream is to have an engineer who can do the programming and I can just do the playing! Once I’ve got my basic demo down, I then send it out to my awesome band who then add their ideas and expertise for our live shows. I really love what they bring to the mix and our creativity makes the live shows different and fabulous every time. It really is all about the music.
- SALUTE: What was your latest release/music to come out?
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- SALUTE: What do you think of the SALUTE initiative and how has it helped you out?