"Europe's only true crooner" What do you think of this statement? Anyone can become a crooner?
Louie: I like it, crooning is a singing technique and I like the idea that crooning is the "bel canto"of pop, anyone can be a crooner if he is willing to study vocal production.
When was the moment when you said " I want to sing", "This is what I want to do"?
Louie: When I was eight years old I felt the urge to sing but strictly only without any audience.
How was this hiatus from "Iguana" back in 2006 to " Last Man Crooning" in 2010? How have you evolved as an artist, as a perfomer in this period?
Louie: Well, you know it´s 4 years since I´d released my last album Iguana on Klein records back in 2006 so on one hand it was very exciting and great to work on Last Man Crooning / Electrotaining You! for me especially since by now I have my own label LA Music (which is short for Louie Austen Music) so for the first time in these by now over ten years I´m in electronic music I had complete full artistic freedom on this album and could just do whatever I wanted with no label manager poking me telling me I should do it this or that way. Unfortunately this also means I have to cover all costs for the album production myself. And it was also very frustrating as it took so much longer than I thought it would take to get the recordings together - I actually already wanted to release it early this year but as there were so many musicians involved specially. On the first of the two albums Last Man Crooning that it took more than a half a year longer than expected. But I am so proud and glad of the outcome & I hope all my fans are just as happy as I am with this Louie Austen double dose!
Louie: The life as an musician is hard, no money, out of jobs and a girlfriend who is always complaining about how inefficient you are. But deep in your heart you know that this is the only way to exist.
Photo by Christian Mastalier.
In your new album we can find love songs such as " My lady", " A hundred years from now", "Little Sun". What's love for Louie Austen?
Louie: The force for eveything you are doing. The wonderful thing about love is, that the more you give away the more you get back.
What's your opinion on the fact that Louie Austen is considered as a kind of reconcilliation between young and old, and have achieved succesfully to reflect this union in your music?
Louie: This is probably the greatest honor for an artist, to please young audiences. The most common statement after a concert is "Louie, now I am not afraid anymore to get as old as you are!" This is the most wonderful compliment you can get.
Tell us about your future projects or plans.
Louie: It is getting better and better and as long as I live I am creative and productive. 2011 is a very good year, because there are plenty of projects lined up! Another single, an electronic tango project...
If you had to leave this world tomorrow, what do you think that you leave to this world? Will the crooner figure go on?
Louie: That I made the world a better place and made many people happy. Quality will come back, because life goes in waves and there is room for everything.
What's your message or advice to young people, specially artists and young talent who have just started and are interested to be in the music scene and why not, to become new crooners?
Louie: Do your thing and don't let anyone distract your dream. Find good people to work with you and stay away from bad people or negative attitude.
Special thanks to Carina and Louie himself for this interview. Welcome to the project!!!
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