Hi, I'm Louis and I am a professional songwriter, producer and mix engineer. I'm a self confessed music obsessive and frankly a music nerd. I work across various genres but specialise in bands and alt pop in its broadest sense! Im a sucker for melody and harmony, driven by a groovy rhythm.
I started my professional music career in a band, Daytona Lights. We were lucky enough to tour and make records for a number of years under the guidance of legendary record producer Steve Levine (Culture Club, Beach Boys, the clash). After the cliched break up, I moved into production and writing. I have worked across various areas of industry including writing & production for commercial artists, bespoke composition for advertising, library music and good old fashioned recording.
My clients include Sony/ATV, EMI, Harvey Nichols, Cavendish Music and my work has been used internationally by the likes of HBO, Sky Sports, BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
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Interview with Louis Souyave
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My job as a producer varies depending on what the artist needs from me. However I would say that my role as producer is to use my technical skills, expertise and taste to help the artist achieve their vision.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: One of my favourite records I have worked would be Felicity Abbott's debut EP. It's a great little stoner RnB record that is so honest and laid bare. We recorded it over a few weeks last year, shaping the music around her vocals. She's such an emotive vocalist, it's a twisted joy to share her pain in those 3 songs. Thankfully we're back in the studio this month working on her next record!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work from 2 studios currently. I have a writing room at home in Peckham and I have a studio at Strongroom in Shoreditch which I share with Hayden Bendall (Abbey Road, Kate Bush, Paul McCartney) and Tony Platt (AC/DC).
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired mostly by the people around me and the artists and producers I work with day to day. I've been lucky to meet so many great people in this job and every new person brings a new lesson and perspective. In terms of big names, I mainly look at record producers like Paul Epworth, who I admire hugely. From the past it's the studio legends such as Geoff Emerick, George Martin, Phil Spector and Brian Wilson.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The past year has been split really. I spend half my time working with artists on developing their songs from ideas into full productions and the other half is spent writing bespoke music for ads or for publishers.