December 05, 2019

Louis the Child

Here For Now Tour
with Duckwrth, John The Blind
December 05, 2019
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
The Sylvee
$29.50 ADV / $35 DOS GA ***SOLD OUT***
All Ages Show

Louis The Child have partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket sold will go to a charity of their choice.

Louis the Child

For each new piece of music they create, Chicago-bred duo Louis the Child devote
themselves to dreaming up rhythms and melodies and textures that transcend all
expectation. While that process depends on their sophistication and skill as producers,
it’s also driven by the deep sense of joy that 22-year-old Robby Hauldren and 21-year-
old Freddy Kennett purposely bring to their work—an element they hope to transmit in
every song on their new EP Kids at Play.
“This EP came from us experimenting and trying new sounds with the same curiosity
and imagination as a little kid playing,” says Kennett. “We want these songs to give
everyone that same childlike feeling of being carefree and curious and excited, where
you feel free to do what you want to do and create what you want to create.”
The follow-up to Louis the Child’s 2017 EP Love Is Alive, Kids at Play features the L.A.-
based duo’s most highly streamed single so far, “Better Not” ft. Wafia. With its airy
vocals and bouncy marimba rhythms, “Better Not” has emerged as a sing-along
standout at Louis the Child’s live show (including their much-buzzed-about sets at
Coachella), and also hit #1 on the US iTunes Electronic chart. In addition, the EP
includes singles like “Dear Sense” (a collaboration with New York singer/songwriter
MAX, praised as “pure dance-pop genius” by Billboard) and “The City” (a heavy-hearted
but brightly uptempo track featuring Detroit singer/songwriter Quinn XCII).
Throughout Kids at Play, Louis the Child show the sonic unpredictability they’ve brought
to each release since their 2015 breakthrough “It’s Strange” ft. K.Flay. Kicking off with
the manic drop and shapeshifting rhythms of “Interstellar,” the EP slips seamlessly from
the complex grooves and bittersweet mood of “Breaking News” ft. RAYE to the
orchestrated chaos of “Oh Baby.” On “Save Me” ft. NoMBe and Big Gigantic, the track’s
intense beats and graceful acoustic guitar build a beautiful backdrop for NoMBe’s
tender vocals. “NoMBe was talking to us about a friend who’d been struggling with
substance abuse, and we started writing the song from the perspective of a person who
needs saving from themselves,” says Hauldren of “Save Me,” which also features some
gorgeously sinuous saxophone work from Big Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli.
Before closing out with the bubbly synth and luminous grooves of “Space Jam,” Kids at
Play offers up one of the EP’s most powerful moments: “Love” ft. Elohim, an epically
dreamy track that unfolds in jeweled synth lines, lullaby-like vocals, and a children’s
choir happily shouting out the title word against a handclap-backed beat. “It was such a
cool experience to record the children’s choir,” notes Hauldren. “Seeing the excitement
on all the kids’ faces and on their parents’ faces made us realize how lucky we are to
spend every day in the studio. It just reminded us how special and amazing it is that we
get to make music all the time.”
Growing up in the Chicago suburb of Winnetka, Louis the Child met at a Madeon
concert when Hauldren was 16 and Kennett was 15. By that point, both had already
been pursuing their musical passions for years: Hauldren had taken up piano, drums,
and guitar and played in several bands (in addition to DJ-ing under the name Haul
Pass), while Kennett had studied jazz drumming through Chicago’s Midwest Young

Artists program and begun producing electronic music under the name Fatboy. With
their early collaborations including experiments in genres like nu disco and
moombahton, Louis the Child steadily gained a word-of-mouth following through their
SoundCloud page and later earned acclaim for their remix work, including Chance The
Rapper’s “All Night,” Miike Snow’s “Genghis Khan,” and Ty Dolla Sign’s “Blasé.”
Following the release of “It’s Strange,” the duo drew further attention with singles like
“Weekend” (a 2016 collaboration with Icona Pop), delivering Love Is Alive in early 2017.
Through the years, Louis the Child have explored everything from psychedelia to hip-
hop (as on their early-2018 track “Shake Something,” a moody slow-burner featuring
Savemoney collective member Joey Purp). They’ve also channeled an unbridled energy
into their live performance, with recent highlights including closing out one of the biggest
stages at Electric Forest and playing in Jakarta and Malaysia for the first time. “Being
onstage in Jakarta and having everyone in the crowd singing along to our songs was
definitely a crazy moment for us,” says Hauldren. “It just sort of drove home how global
our music has become, and how many people we’re really reaching.”
As that reach continues to widen, Louis the Child have made a deliberate point of
pushing themselves to evolve as musicians. “I think to grow as any kind of artist, you
need to constantly open the door for new ideas, and at the same time improve your
technique and ability to make those ideas come to life,” says Kennett. To that end, he
names playing live instruments (drums, piano, guitar) as well as drawing and making
visual art among the practices that help spark the duo’s creativity. “We’re always
learning and trying new things so we can keep thinking in new ways and expand the
possibilities of what we can do with our music,” Kennett says. “It’s become like a habit to
us, because we don’t ever want to fall back on whatever’s worked for us in the past.
There always has to be that forward movement.”