music technology & business
Louis has had a keen interest in electronic music from a young age. He first learnt to DJ at the age of 13 with the community youth group Bigga Fish but only began to immerse himself in the world of production and event promotion during his time studying at Leeds University. It was here that Louis grew a successful events series called Dilation, which quickly grew from 200 cap venues to 2000 cap venues and hosted the likes of Gilles Peterson, Todd Edwards, Ms Dynamite and Zed Bias to name a few.
Coinciding with promoting club nights, Louis’ artist project alongside friend and Dilation co-founder, Lawrence Hayes, began to take off. Since the projects inception in 2013, their tracks have gone on to receive support from tastemakers Annie Mac, Gilles Peterson, Monki, Moxie and Rob Da Bank and this success has transcended onto the road with tour support highlights including Carl Cox, Marco Corola, Gaslamp Killer and Maribou State with festival appearances from Glastonbury to SXSW via Space Ibiza and Fabric Room 1. Wayward have seen releases on labels such as Black Butter and Sunday Best as well as remixes for artists such as John Newman and Basement Jaxx. This year the duo will put out a two more EPs on key dance labels and will take to the road again in the Autumn.
Teaching has a been a constant strand throughout Louis’ adult life. From the age of 16 Louis began working at WAC Arts, a charity organisation aimed at providing access to the arts for students from disadvantaged backgrounds as well as young people with learning difficulties and special educational needs. He is still at WAC to this day, working as a part time Music Technology tutor for post-16 students at the newly opened free-school college.