Five Questions With Sam Louis

Toronto, ON-based pop/ alt-rock artist, Sam Louis has unveiled a video for his hypnotic anthem, “This Love”. The single is produced by Los Angeles based Shayan Amiri. If you enjoy what you hear, be sure to stay tuned for Sam’s upcoming EP, NIGHT/SWEATS to be released in 2020.

Check out the video for “This Love” below and find out more about Sam Louis via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hey Canadian Beats, thanks for listening! My name is Sam Louis, I’m a local Toronto pop/alt-rock artist originally from Thunder Bay, ON.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

As a kid I was always influenced by music, whether it was Much ON Demand blaring in the background while I tried to break down Sloan guitar solos or my mom singing and playing piano while my grandfather played mandolin downstairs, music was all around me. Inspiration was never hard for me to find, I loved writing and writing about everything around me. Music is medicine, it’s something I always say. That’s my mission statement whenever I’m creating music. When I was growing up, music was a way for me to connect to a greater medium. It allowed me to escape if I needed to, hide, fight, love. It gave me courage and release, it’s a healer, it’s an answer if you have questions. It’s so much and means so many different things to different people. I wanted to be apart of that, for as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be apart of the movement that is music. If I can inspire/influence someone with one of my records, that’s enough to keep me going.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

Our live show is what drives our music, my whole band grew up playing shows their whole life and we’re constantly shaping our sound specifically for our live audience. Performing is one of my favourite aspects of music, I always aim to leave the crowd with a moment from our set. On stage, we’re a 4 piece that packs a punch, when I’m not singing I’m filling the space with some beatbox rhythms, while our synth master Greg Smith builds a hypnotic atmosphere. Our drummer Jordan is always following, keeping the energy locked while our rock god Michael Murray is always shredding off to the side. We collectively like to melt faces and hearts.

Currently, November is dedicated to writing and creating new music for this coming year but we are planning a big hometown show this December in Thunder Bay, where we will be premiering the second single off of the new EP.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

I would say it would be This Love. It’s a song that speaks to so many versions of people and allows them to create their own opinions about my music as opposed to pushing something else on them. It’s one of my favourite songs to perform and I think people can really understand the emotion right from the beginning of the track.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

I am so proud to be a Canadian artist, Canadian music is really stepping it up on a worldwide scale, we’ve become such hub for producers and creatives and I’ve always admired the focus on live performance that we have up north. A few new electronic pop artists like Bulow, Delaney Jane and Loud Luxury have been big influences for me this past year. I’ve also been a sucker for a lot of the indie feels that Valley has put up in 2019. Canada has also been pushing the boundaries with hip-hop acts like Laye, Anders and Bad Child, they’ve all been on rotation for me.

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