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Meet Lou

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lou.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Lou. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, a LA native is what everybody calls it now. I’ve been writing since high school around the 11th grade but I always kept my writings personal and never shared them with anybody. It was always poetry, focusing on getting certain thoughts out of my head to release whatever was currently going on in my life. Moving forward, I left LA and went to Stony Brook University in NY where I played football and graduated after four years. Within this time is where I first became comfortable with actually sharing my work and realizing people were very receptive, finding my voice in the midst of juggling multiple aspects of life.

After Graduation, I moved back to LA and attended UCLA to chase the goal of becoming a doctor. At the time there was so many things going on at once that I was spreading myself thin. Working three jobs, balancing relationships, dealing with family, and still taking pre-med classes turned pretty hectic. I didn’t perform the way I wanted in class which really took a toll on my mental and I had some really low moments with it all.

Everything happens for a reason. I always used to give my writing a backseat but that is truly something I’m passionate about. In January of this 2019 my life changed. I made a clear decision to turn my writing into music. Once I made this decision, things truly started to fall into place and I really began focusing on balance. Over the course of a year, I released three singles and ended 2019 by dropping my first EP “Wish I Had a Mic, Vol. I” on all platforms. October 4th, 2019 I had my first show at “The Silverlake Lounge” on Sunset blvd. After that show which was filled with great energy. I was booked for another show shortly after in December at “The Virgil” on Santa Monica blvd and was able to perform with my live band for the first time. It felt great and the crowd responded well. I’m really looking forward to getting back into that part of music. That was just the end of 2019, and 2020 I just wanted to continue to grow with that foundation made.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I anticipate struggling at points with this road that I’m on. Challenges along the way are an opportunity for me to grow as an individual and I accept that. I believe that mindset helps me get through those rough patches, knowing that there will be bumps in the road and when they arrive I know that I’m prepared to work harder. If the road was smooth, then everyone would pursue this and prevail, but that is not the case. Endurance is something that can be a struggle but is key. As an up and coming artist, I have to look at myself as an investment especially with the world-changing the way it is. I have to work hard at my “9-5” in order to support myself and also invest in my musical endeavors. In the year I finished “Wish I Had a Mic, Vol. I” I had to still find time to complete assignments for my Masters in Healthcare Management. Through this experience, I was able to learn more about patience and balance.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
My business is myself as an artist. I am the investment, and when I put forth the effort in the areas I need then things move as they should. Music has always been a huge part of my life, but now it has been taken to another level with the involvement I have with it. Whether it comes to writing music for myself or others, I really take the time to ensure that I’m being as clear as possible and speaking personal truths in order to help inspire others to live in that same light. That is what separates me from others, being able to stand on this music platform and not feel pressured to move at a certain pace as everyone else. Moving in a way that’s most beneficial for my business has helped me in many ways.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment of my career thus far is when I first realized that I was being booked for my first show. This was a wild realization that I had by myself as I read over the terms of agreement via email in my car after a long day. It just felt like it was more confirmation on top of everything else that was going on musically for me at the time. I knew to follow that sign, keep going, and I was extremely grateful.

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Dreymon Jones, Stephanie Glass, Louis Lee

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