IN CONVERSATION WITH LOUIS AND THE SHAKES – “LOSING MY MIND”

Louis and the Shakes are a London indie quartet consisting of Louis Antoniou on vocals, Jamie Lawson on lead guitar, Manny O’Donnell as drummer, and Will Finnerty on bass. It was during the lockdown that the four recorded their debut album that will be released in September and today we present the second single entitled “LOSING MY MIND“, written by the singer-songwriter Louis. An indie rock song, where the power of guitar and drums is the protagonist.Their psychedelic rock sound, as is also the video that accompanies the track, is slowly conquering everyone and the release of this single is just the beginning for this band that has put all its energy and musical power: We look forward to continuing to follow them on their journey!


YMX: Hey LOUIS AND THE SHAKES, thanks for sitting down with us. What would you say to all our readers new to your project?

LOUIS AND THE SHAKES: Welcome to an all-encompassing experience. It’s Americana for sure, but there are all kinds of worlds we dip into that make our sound and vision. It’s like tearing it up on a motorbike through a western psychedelic trip.

YMX: When did you know that music was something you wanted to pursue at an artistic level?

LOUIS AND THE SHAKES: I myself was in a band during the latter end of school and carried on before university, took a bit of a break then started up solo and once I experienced a proper live show launching a lil CD I was like damn, I’m getting a kick out of this. Then with Louis and The Shakes, it was so natural once formed, and everyone brings so much to the table. Not just musically, but from the artwork to videos, social posts, there’s so much energy we’re all pursuing the same thing.

YMX: You recently released “LOSING MY MIND“. Can you tell us how that project came about?

LOUIS AND THE SHAKES: In 2019 we release ‘Snake Hips,’ and it had such a good reaction it was on radio X & other places. We were about to embark on something special when Covid came along and kinda kicked the sand in our eyes. We re-grouped and then decided to actually utilise this time to do something we’ve always aspired to and make an album. Once the recording process started it was kinda like ‘why didn’t we do this sooner.’ It made sense! SO this new single Losing My Mind was unearthed and we knew instantly it was a winner, it had to be released.

YMX: What is the one thing you would like people to feel while listening to the single?

LOUIS AND THE SHAKES: To the single, I would say embrace the darkness, get your freak on. It’s got an incredible hook that will lock you in and then, enjoy the ride!

YMX: How did the recent pandemic influence your creative process? is remote collaboration easy for you?

LOUIS AND THE SHAKES: As I said we recorded this in lockdown so we kinda embraced it really. Lockdown or no lockdown, shouldn’t stop an artist from writing and creating. Sure it was a barrier in some ways, but we probably wouldn’t have recorded this album if our manager didn’t say ‘this is your time to write and record.’

YMX: Do you feel more confident writing music alone, or within a team?

LOUIS AND THE SHAKES: The process usually is that I write the skeleton of the song and take it to the guys and then we jam it out, everyone does their thing and we say what’s working and not, and remould it into this unique shape. That’s why the name Louis and The Shakes rings so true to me because it’s all-encompassing. I’m not saying our next record is gonna be jazz hip hop or something random, but we won’t be doing the exact same for years to come, that’s for sure.

YMX: Can you name the last gig you played? Would you consider doing a live stream concert?

LOUIS AND THE SHAKES: The last gig we did was a show at The Notting Hill Arts Club in 2019, which was great and we miss live gigs so much! We got one for July at The New Cross Inn and it’s gonna be mental! We’re in talks about a live stream gig but hopefully, we can do a proper immersive live set with a real audience, you can’t beat that.

YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future?

LOUIS AND THE SHAKES: The album is out in September so there are lots going on behind the scenes, stay tuned!