Hi Carl, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
C: Thanks for having me! I´ve been good, excited about releasing «Memory Lane».
For those who aren’t familiar with you or your sound yet, how would you describe it?
C: I would say my sound has a basis in electronica sparkled with hints of trip hop, french house, chillout and disco. I´m a big fan of the electronica scene late 90´s, early 00´s. So the sound from that era has been a big inspiration for me.
Can you talk to us more about your latest album “Memory Lane”?
C: «Memory Lane» in many ways started with my discovery of an instrument called Mellotron. It´s an instrument based around old orchestral samples that has a very vintage sound to it. That gave me a vision to create something that sounded like I had been sampling different sorts of old music but instead make the samples myself on the Mellotron.
How did the album name come about?
C: As the tracks started to take form they reminded me of a period when I was a young teen and sat after school on fridays playing Xbox and listening to a house music radio show. It was the period I first discovered house music, which in turn sparked my passion for making music. Since the overall vibe of the tracks reminded me of what I would listen to back then, the title «Memory Lane» was very fitting since I personally was going down that road.
Did any event/s in particular inspire you to write the material?
C: As I mentioned earlier the Mellotron was a huge inspiration. Only by going through different sounds on it I could picture what sort of music this could turn out to be. And when starting an album project to have a clear vision of what you want to do is of course a big help. So I gave myself certain set of rules, which I like to do to focus my creativity and limiting the options, the Mellotron was going to be the basis of everything.
How was the recording and writing process?
C: It was very fun. Cause the whole idea of creating something sounding like it was sampled forces you in a way to create a different song to begin with, and then turning it to something else. So it was very much looking for the right vibe, does this have a sample quality. I would use hipass and lowpass filters to test the vibe. If it sounded good opening up from a filter I was on the right path. Then when I had a vibe I enjoyed it was mixing it with more modern electronic elements. In my studio I have a couple of synths and a drum machine and I always have a dogma that all the sound should come from them.
Do you have a favourite song from the album and why?
C: My favorite I think is «This Is». That is the one which in many ways captures the sound of a young Carl playing Xbox and listening to house music and which I think came closest to my initial vision. It has nothing to do with it being the first time I´m singing on a record, I swear haha.
How different are the new tracks from the previous material?
C: Since the Mellotron is such a big part of the album the sound has a more organic feel to it then my previous work which was very electronic. That´s something I challenge myself with all the time, what can I do now that is different from my previous work. I´m already good on my way with new music which again has a different vibe from «Memory Lane».
Any plans to hit the road?
C: I´m doing some festivals in Norway over the summer. Hopefully in the future I can go on an extended tour crossing more territories.
Why should people pay attention to Carl Louis? What’s special about you?
C: That´s the million dollar question haha. And as an humble Norwegian I find it a bit hard to answer, ask my manager haha. But if you miss the sound of electronica from late 90´s early 00´s and want to hear a new modern interperation of that era you should definitely check out my music. I also challenge myself all the time to do things that no one is currently doing.
What else is happening next in Carl Louis’ world?
C: I´m working on new music all the time and I´m good on my way with new tracks. My next favorite thing besides making music is releasing music so there will be more of that. Also there will be more episodes of a studio diary called «Carllouism» which I made to complement the album.
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