Wrap Up And Watch Out: Louise Williams
Louise Williams' name has been gently floating around the UK funky circuit for a number of years, like an elegant butterfly. In time, the young lady from south London has built up a firm network of DJs and producers, who have embraced her smooth sensual tones along the way...
Having most recently teamed up with DJ Q for her latest single, 'Over Me', a track that has been certified as a banger by many, Makeda ‘QoS’ Wilson decided that it was about time that Louise Williams was introduced to The Wrap Up audience…
The Wrap Up: So, who exactly is Louise Williams?
Louise Williams: I’ve always been a musical person, coming from a musical family, so music has always been a major part of my life. I studied theatre at the BRIT school and once I finished there, I then decided that it was singing I wanted to do, so I went to vocal training school for a year and I’ve been doing it ever since. Wouldn’t change a thing!
TWU: You’ve collaborated with a few producers already, right?
Louise Williams: Yeah, I’ve worked with MVP on ‘Take Me Away’ and ‘I Wonder’, and I’ve also collaborated with FunkyStepz on a few tracks as well. I’m also pushing a track that’s due for release soon with DJ Q called, ‘Over Me’.
TWU: Are there any producers who you hope to work with in future?
Louise Williams: I’m more or less more focused on what I get from the track, so a producer could be anyone. If it’s a really nice track that inspires me and I’m really feeling it, then that’s all I need. But I like what Champion is doing at the moment. I’d like to do something with him, maybe something a bit harder than my usual sound, change it up a bit. But I’m open to all collaborations.
TWU: So what kind vibe do you look for?
Louise Williams: I love nice soulful vibes, so anyone who has that nice soulful house sound, that summer type feel that lifts you up and makes you feel good.
TWU: Is that your signature sound? Because that’s what your songs sound like already…
Louise Williams: Yeah, that’s true, which is why I want to explore something different and maybe go a bit harder.
TWU: Your songs are a step away from the normal relationship and love-based lyrics that have become the norm with female vocalists…
Louise Williams: Yeah, I try to write so that anyone can relate to it and not based on just one thing. Sometimes, there are hidden meanings to the songs, so one person can think it’s about one thing but another person could interpret it differently to be about something totally different.
TWU: So when you hear a beat, how do you go about writing to it?
Louise Williams: I think that because I studied acting and drama, it plays a big role in how I go about things. For instance, if someone sends me a tune, I will sit down and listen to it. Usually in the headphones to start off with so that I can get wrapped up in the song and then I try to paint a story with the song from whatever vibe I’m getting from it.
TWU: Do you hear music differently dependent on where you are? Such as in the car, in a club, at home and in the headphones?
Louise Williams: Yes, because in the headphones you can hear every little detail and you can get more involved in the music. It’s more personal, so that’s why I always start off in the headphones and then blast it out and maybe freestyle over it and just see where it takes me.
TWU: Singer-songwriter-wise, who do you look up to? Inspirations, even…
Louise Williams: I take inspirations from loads of different genres and places. My mum is a jazz singer, so I’ve always looked up to her and taken inspiration from her. Then obviously music that was always being played in my house and growing up there were also the pop stars. Like, I always looked at people like the Spice Girls and Destiny’s Child and used to think to myself that I wanted to be like them one day. I guess without even realising, it was something that I always wanted to do but it’s always been a bumpy road to get to where I wanted to be.
Louise’s new DJ Q-produced single, 'Over Me', is out now.
Stay up to date with Louise Williams on Twitter – www.twitter.com/_LouiseWilliams
Words: Makeda 'QoS' Wilson (@MakedaQoS)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)