Grow Playlist: Louis J Walker
By Becky Grinham
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt recently, it would be to surround yourself with positive people and you will naturally ooze gratitude and positivity back to others. Sharing those good times can lift our negative feelings and luckily for me, I discovered a long time ago that music considerably helps. Be it singing loud and proud at your friend’s gig, working out to something intense or just simply relaxing to some experimental electronica (Radiohead or Four Tet are my recommendations). I recently checked in with Exeter based Hip Hop spoken word artist, Louis J Walker, to learn about his compelling music and attitude to living life – positively.
Tearing up festival stages around the South West to popping up on BBC News with Huw Edwards, Louis is recognised as one of the “UK’s brightest young music talents with an approach that sets him apart” due to his rich music that is backed with a personality that even Elton John would be jealous of. Supported by a driven and professional core team of friends including producer Matt Jackson (@restraintproductionz), mentor Elliot Elmer (@prizmaeventsuk) and photographer James Jackson (@directorjaytwo), Louis believes in the importance of surrounding himself with compassionate beings to fuel his creative juices.
Wanting to understand how Louis moulded into the inspiring musician and mental health advocate he is today, I asked who his influential figures were:
“My early influences include the likes of U2, Pink Floyd & Faithless” which was an unpredicted surprise! Adding, “These particular artists have shaped the way I approach music”.
Listening to Walker’s music, I always get a sense of honesty with a bittersweet message underlying, which seems fitting seeing his influences. Also voicing that he feels strongly about raising awareness of mental health, Louis often writes from his personal experiences –
“Mental health affects everybody (…) treat your mental health the same as your physical health. Feeding your mind with positive content can have a strong impact on your day to day way of thinking & living”.
To bring our discussion to a close, I had to ask Louis’ opinion on Devon’s music scene and his answer summarised exactly how I feel…
“The current music scene in Devon is full of unique, diverse talent. Not to mention a catalog of diverse festivals popping up everywhere, it’s never been easier to watch live music. I encourage people to venture out and support their local musicians and venues.”
With festival season just around the corner, Louis is gearing up for a busy summer including performances in and around Devon, plus some BBC Introducing work.
You can find music and more information on Louis J Walker through Spotify or social media channels @louisjwalker.
“One of Devon’s most prolific and influential artists” – Sarah Gosling, BBC Introducing
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