1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.
Hi. My name is Andre Louis and I’m primarily an instrumental musician from Northwest London.
2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.
This is always such a hard question because I honestly don’t know. Being an instrumental artist means I make whatever *I* want to make, not whatever my vocal range (non-existent by the way) dictates I make.
I’ve made Jazz, to Reggae, to Sudo-Classical in the style of music for Film/TV (my ambition anyway) to R&B. No one style can ever keep my attention fully. I’d die of boredom if I had to write just one thing.
My focus for the last two years has been a self-assigned task to make a library for TV/Radio/Podcasters etc, and I’ve achieved part of my goal with 150 tracks. Part of it was used by Barclays Bank back in I think 2014.
3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?
I’ve been tinkering with piano since I was 3, when my parents gave me my first keyboard. Since then I’d *like* to think I’ve progressed into something kind of different. I don’t believe in boundaries other than those we set for ourselves, and believe it’s important for a musician to challenge him/herself at all times.
I never didn’t want to make music, it’s in the blood I think. Both my parents play (or played) at one time or another, so I grew up surrounded by instruments and there was always something on in the house, usually Pirate radio living in London, or mum’s latest mixtape when she’d be cooking. I’d usually try to play along to whatever I heard as a result.
4. Stage or studio?
Studio for myself, stage if I’m with a band. I hate being front-man on a stage, would never do a solo gig unless I absolutely had to. Don’t like the attention much.
5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?
Recently I’ve obtained Native Instruments Komplete 11 Ultimate and have been teaching myself Logic. With the plethora of third-party Kontakt libraries out there, it’s hard not to just keep buying things though, but the wife wouldn’t be impressed, so I have to, you know, tone it down a little… Maybe to B-flat or something…
6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?
Without my Mac I couldn’t really do what I’m doing now, so as the core of my whole operation, I’d have to say the Mac. I used to really not care for it honestly, I bought it as a replacement Windows laptop, never thought I’d bother making music with it as I was a diehard hardware guy but times change, and opportunities arise so I decided to try and see where I’d end up.
7. Where can we check out your tunes?
Twitter: @OnjMusic – I tend to post about new stuff there whenever the mood takes me.
My little library of short tracks: www.andrelouis.com/shorts
And iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/andre-louis/id331037172
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