Acclaimed Artist. Punk.Songwriter. Kinkster. DJ. Muse. Multi-Instrumentalist. Sex Positive Feminist. Label Boss. Equestrian. Producer. Poet. Cover Girl. New Yorker in Paris.… Not the usual girl next door; that is unless you happen to live in the apartment next to Louisahhh that is…
Raised in an atmosphere bursting with passion for music, Louisahhh started writing songs, singing and playing instruments from the age of 13 for maudlin guitar jams. Part of a jazz band in high school playing guitar and keyboards. She consistently tried to shake things up and get the band to cover Iggy Pop, but alas she was viewed too radical. As well as punk, Louisahhh’s early influences were largely from rock, industrial, and goth bands and soloists such as NIN, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Garbage and even the odd classical composer such as Beethoven.
A natural progression from the sounds of New Wave and industrial music, Louisahhhh came to be inspired by the electronic world. Her early 20’s was her the beginning of her first forays into dance floor specific jams, sneaking into New York City’s underground clubs like Misshapes, the infamous Motherfucker parties and Trash with fake IDs and a passion for further musical enlightenment. Louisahhh started to make a name for herself as a DJ in the 2000’s, a time in which Miss Kittin and Soulwax were hugely influential, yet her main heroines were always more of Rock and Grunge sound. Icons such as; Patti Smith, Shirley Manson, Sioux Sioux & Karen O, Influences that will be more evident on Louisahhh’s forthcoming sophomore album
To understand Louisahhh’s current output what you’re getting now is the full realisation of Louisahhh. Indeed it’s probably more useful, and indeed, more accurate, to view Louisahhh as the Patti Smith of techno or a matriachral Trent Reznor.
After getting kicked off of a New Year’s Eve party in Miami’s south beach for ‘not playing commercially enough’, Louisahhh made the decision to move to Paris in 2013 because of Bromance Records who said she could be part of the gang as long as she based herself in France. In her own words “ the ultimatum came that i could be an active part of the blossoming label but i would have to move to france. i moved to france”
After two solo EPs (Transcend 2013 and Shadow Work in 2016), releasing on Bromance, Lo:Rise and Defected, Louisahhh quickly rose as one of the most promising artists within the club scene. Amidst this whirlwind of excitement, the fateful meeting of French producer Maelstrom spiralled into a fast friendship and eventual collaboration on several records and what would later become RAAR, the record label they founded in 2015.
In 2017, saw the release of the seminal EP “A Trap I’ve Built: and a collaboration with Dave Clarke on his long-awaited album The Desecration of Desire followed to critical acclaim. Louisahhh’s other collaborations include Chromeo, Brodinski, Danny Daze and Lapalux.
As well as Remixing artists such as Bicep and DOP, after more releases on RAAR in this years lauded “Silence is Violence”, “Winter” and “Vital Energy” collaboratively with Maelstrom; our heroine is now putting the final touches to her debut album which is set to come out in early 2020 and is set to incorporate everything from industrial, goth, new wave and punk through techno, electo and rock…
As a lyricist, Louisahhh covers topics such as sobriety as well as incorporating themes of surrender, addiction and hope to candidly discuss kink and BDSM openly developing and honing a ‘feminist submissive’ archetype. Two words that aren’t often featured together but Louisahhh’s shows that the sub is in control and as the one feeling the sensation and ultimately being the only one who can make activity “stop” is ultimately the powerful one.
Literary references also play a big part in both Louisahhh’s life and musical art. The confessional stylings of Paul Auster and Frank O’Hara are top reads of hers as well as Hermann Hesse’s explorations of an individual’s search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality or the questioning fantasy of Phillip Pullman. May be it’s no surprise that all the above were not limited to just their novels but also had creative output in other mediums such as film and painting.
Moreover, Louisahhh is also interested in the work of of multi-medium artist Paul Thek, Turner Prize winning sculptor Rachel Whiteread and photographer Wolfgang Hillmans. Like Jenny Holzer and Christopher Wool Louisahhh is interested in using different ways to deliver concepts and confessions in public space through the power of both the written and spoken. Producer, writer, performer Louisahhh also relates to Albert Oehlen who is interested in the actual process of creation itself.
In addition to being a respected songwriter, Louisahhh has been committed to the craft of DJing over the years. In 2016, she graced the cover of DJ Mag UK billed as “techno’s Next Superstar”. With coverage from fashion, women, broadsheets and of course than dance press BBC Radio 1 soon invited her to be a resident DJ and Triple J in Australia closely followed. Since then there have been mixes for the likes of Boiler Room, ID, DJ, NTS and Electronic Beats.
Touring has seen Louisahhh in demand across the global taking in festivals such as Piknic Electronik, Brunch in the Park, MoMa PS1, Dour Festival, BPM Festival as well clubs like fabric, Razzmatazz, Watergate, Kitty Su, Smart Bar, Rex and Concrete either as headliner or alongside peers Maya Jane Coles, Ellen Allien, Miss Kittin, Magda to Adam Beyer, Dave Clarke, Gesaffelstein, Daniel Avery, or her favourite b2b partner Maelstrom.
So in summation, Louisahhh may be not the girl next door but punk has truly found it’s next heroine.