Louis Futon talks sophomore LP prior to headlining performance at High Ground Festival [Interview]
Bedroom producer-turned-headlining artist Louis Futon recently graced the main stage at Levitate Events’ first-ever installment of High Ground Music and Arts Festival in Denver, Colorado. Billed alongside Snakehips, Kasbo, and Chet Porter, Louis sat down with Dancing Astronaut prior to his set to discuss new music and his thrilling return to live performing. Before his momentous return to Denver, the indie talent showcased his live set at Goldrush Music Festival in Arizona. Gleamingly, Louis remarked,
“[Goldrush] was great! It was my first show post-pandemic. My last show before COVID-19 was in Arizona, and my first show back also happened to be in Arizona. It was kind of like this full-circle moment.”
The last time the young producer played a show that size was at Red Rocks Amphitheater when he opened for GRiZ. Now, back in picturesque Colorado, Louis Futon would cement himself as one of the first headliners at High Ground Festival, located in Denver’s scenic Levitt Pavilion.
“Denver is one of my favorite places to play in the world,” Louis emphasized. “I feel like the crowd just really gets it here…Denver’s different in that you walk down the street in any other city in the US and they’re blasting top 40 music outside the bar. But when you walk past a bar in Denver, they’re cranking like GRiZ, Big Gigantic, you know, just good music. I feel like the people here definitely get it.”
On the heels of dispatching his soul-funk album single, “Ron Burgundy,” Sir Futon expounded on the looming release of his sophomore LP, Couch Surfing. He told Dancing Astronaut,
“Couch Surfing, in itself and away from music, is kind of unexpected, right? Every day is different. You’re at a different house, at a different homies’ crib, and you don’t really know what to expect. I feel like I’ve been that way with my music. Every day I get in the studio, I have no idea what I’m going to make. And with this project, I’ve found a way to tie everything together.”
The burgeoning artist spent eight months “couch surfing” upon moving to Los Angeles. Thankful to those who put him up and who “put up with [him],” he joked, “it really gave [him] time to figure out his shit. And this album is kind of like that experience.”
Couch Surfing consists of 18 tracks and notably features some of Louis’ longtime friends and fellow musicians. Saxophonist and flutist Hailey Niswanger and trumpeter Ariel Shrum both joined Futon onstage at High Ground Festival. The album is officially due November 12, but until then, listeners can get a taste of Couch Surfing by streaming Louis Futon’s latest single, “Ron Burgundy,” below.
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