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Louis Futon, AKA Tyler Minford, is a difficult producer to pin down as far as genre goes. In the past, he’s said that his musical influences range “from Chinese folk music to death metal and everything in between.” His future bass-type electro sounds take a range of tones, some slightly darker but mostly bright and warm. He employs these sounds over a wide range of structures and song types. His hip-hop influence is also evident in the drums that underpin the majority of his tracks. The steady beat of hip-hop nicely carries the generally bright tones of his music well.
Louis Futon has quickly risen on to the scene in the last two years. The producer rode a string of remixes that include hits like his flips of Gallant’s “Weight in Gold” and Rüfüs Du Sol’s “You Were Right” into the release of his highly successful original “Wasted on You” ft. ROZES on ODESZA’s Foreign Family Collective.
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Futon’s show at the Fox Theater in Boulder put that diversity of sounds and influences on display. The Philadelphia native struck an excellent balance with the crowd, cycling between his crowd pleasing remixes and smooth, groove-infused originals. Solid production and live instrumentation made Futon’s onstage presence strong and very interesting to watch.
Louis Futon is another producer to join the ever increasing trend of playing many parts of the song live on stage as well. Drawing from his beginnings in music as a drummer, Futon brought launch and drum pads as well as a keyboard on to stage and employed them expertly during his set. When employed correctly, like Futon did, live instrumentation makes the onstage presence of a producer much more impactful. It’s much more fun as someone in the audience to look up and see the artist dancing and banging away to the beat with you.
Louis Futon’s warm, summery sounds make it a perfect show to get ready for summer and festival season.
Check out the rest of Louis Futon’s spring tour dates below and tickets here.
Apr 22 The Independent, San Francisco, CA
Apr 28 Bang Bang, San Diego, CA
May 05 El Club Detroit, MI
May 06 The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
May 12 U Hall, Washington, DC
May 19 The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA
May 20 Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA
May 26 The Crocodile, Seattle, WA