Up and coming producers bring a slice of swanky EDM to Queen West. 


Photos taken from artist's website

I went to the Louis The Child show on a whim on January 23rd. A friend had invited me with the promise that it would be an absolutely amazing show. Louis The Child is a quickly rising EDM duo that is composed of Freddy Kennett and Robby Hauldren. The Chicago natives are relatively new to the scene but have made a name for themselves by creating dance music that doesn’t rely on heavy bass drops and club gimmicks. They focus on creating and vibing with their audience. This ability to deliver what the audience is looking for and to play off their energy is evident in their live performance.

The crowd was slow to trickle into the West Queen West venue on Saturday, and the opening act, Riggadale, played to a fairly empty and distracted crowd. As the crowd started filing in it got very full very fast. The small back room venue was overflowing with sweaty 20-something’s dressed from head to toe in all black. The set started out with some groovy remixes that had the crowd getting into the feel of the show. As they built up their set with hip-hop samples, an evident standout was a throwback remix that featured Jeremih’s 2009 classic “Birthday Sex.” The duo also played homage to Drake by performing a remix of “Best I Ever Had.” Their take on “Body Gold” by Oh Wonder was an extremely sexy remix with an understated bass drop and fluid undertones. Despite their relatively young age, Louis The Child has a distinctly swanky style that surpasses the tastes you would commonly perceive with their age.

They ended the set with their original hit single “It’s Strange,” featuring K. Flay. It was instantly recognized by the audience and is a track that hints at their ability to reach widespread popularity and ultimately hold their own. The crowd went absolutely crazy as Kennett and Hauldren climbed on top of their table, getting in on the dancing as well. Following the show, the duo walked off stage and immediately began chatting with the crowd and taking pictures. Rarely are artists, even at small venues, so approachable, and they were just as giddy and bubbly as their fans. Louis The Child put on an absolutely amazing show, and given their inclusion in the 2016 Coachella lineup, next time they return to Toronto they’ll likely play a much larger venue.

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