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It may already be July, but the rising temperatures mean summer’s just beginning. And with summer festivities come summer playlists. Introducing your top pick to kick off those beach day, palm tree vibes: Louie Free.
Louie Free entered the music scene in 2015 with his self-titled EP, Louie Free. Since then, he’s dropped five more EP’s; he released his latest project, From the Peninsula, last month. His sound has evolved and his style has flourished over the years, but the signature Louie Free- Caribbean influences remain recognizable. Considering his musical and cultural background, that influence will likely always be the defining Louie Free- factor.
“My music is inspired by life, particularly mine,” Louie Free said. The artist grew up in a Haitian-American household surrounded by a versatile Floridian culture, making expression and diversity very familiar to him. “I’m also inspired by Florida scenery. Palm trees on the beach as well as Florida culture; the blend of all different types of people,” said the Miami native, whose stage name originates from the Haitian war general, Toussaint L’ouverture, who led the country to independence in 1804.
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Free’s music draws simultaneously from the calypso melodies of the island and from the kinetic beats of classic hip-hop. It makes perfect sense that he names Bob Marley, Wyclef Jean, and Rick Ross as some of his biggest musical influences.
Free draws the second half of his inspiration from his family. As the oldest of three siblings and the father of two, Free’s biggest balancing act lies with his music and his family, but not in a way that detriments his creativity. “Building a career is not easy. My family keeps me rooted and balanced. Learning to be selective and doing only what’s most beneficial is key.”
you don’t want no Trouble w/ La Fam 😂 🍍🌴A post shared by Louie Free (@louiethefree) on Jun 7, 2018 at 2:59pm PDT
you don’t want no Trouble w/ La Fam 😂 🍍🌴
A post shared by Louie Free (@louiethefree) on Jun 7, 2018 at 2:59pm PDT
Speaking of family, Free’s little brother and occasional collaborator happens to be Miami up&comer Sam Stan. “My brother and I are very close, we talk music and culture weekly,” Free said. “I’m a part of everything he does [and he] is a part of everything I do. That’s just the way it works.”
Both of these artists’ music makes one thing clear: their passion is genuine and they do it for the joy of creating. “When we work we are kids at play. We’re not concerned about the business aspect, just the art [and we] enjoy the process of creating it.”
Make sure to follow Louie Free on all his socials Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Spotify to keep up with your new favorite summer artist!
My name is Ina and I'm an avid lover of fashion, food, friends, dance, music, and herb puns. I want to be as cool as Millie Bobby Brown when I grow up. Boston University Class of 2020.