LOUIS J WALKER PRESENTS WORDSMITH

 

Louis J Walker is a Hip Hop / Spoken Word Artist.

He is a regular on BBC Introducing and has just released his debut EP Wordsmith. His sound is a unique mix of Old-School Hip Hop with a modern fusion. Louis writes powerful and motivational content. His lyrics are extremely thought provoking and contain a lot of depth. He is a very versatile lyricist adapting his flow seemingly effortlessly, to fit the variety of excellently produced tracks on his EP.

SOLITUDE

Strong beat and strong lyrical presence. There is no doubt this track will be a firm favourite amongst many listeners. Louis writes content which is personal but extremely relatable and will have you hooked from the first listen.

When asked about this track Louis said, “The chosen title comes from the end lyrics of the song, ‘I found solitude in stormy seas’ meaning that when pressure is applied you can still sail on through with ease. The track was recorded in one take from start to finish. The beat was produced by LRD as are a couple of others on the EP.”

PERSEVERANCE AND MOTIONS

My personal favourite on the EP, Louis delivers exceptional flow on this track which really showcases his talent and the depth of his lyrical content. Deep production reflecting the grind of ‘Perseverance and Motions.’ A moody vibe with a hypnotic beat which had me both feeling and relating to the grind he is referring to.

Louis said, “It is really showing a more distinctive lyrical foundation delivered in a Modern Grime/Hip Hop flow. Describing the progression of the struggle from start to finish.”

JUNGLE

Louis – “The beat produced by Subindex, an Exeter based producer and founder of One Lion Sound. A journey through the modern day concrete jungle.”

Love this track! Huge props to Subindex on the beat. Louis cleverly ingrains raw lyrical content into your mind through repetition and clever plays on words. This one will be stuck in your head for days but no complaints there!

FOCUS

Louis describes this one as “A solid Hip Hop based track with a catchy hook.”

An uplifting and motivational track. Louis refers to the inevitable hardship that life brings but always with the positive attitude of overcoming any difficulties and consistently progressing forwards. Showcasing his resilient spirit through his effortless and poetic flow, I am really looking forward to seeing what the future brings for this motivated and very talented artist.

All tracks from the EP are now available from SPOTIFY / APPLE / GOOGLE / AMAZON and have all been featured on BBC INTRODUCING IN DEVON.

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ANXIETY AND THE ARTS

For a lot of us creative heads we are made to feel inadequate from the get go. We are the dreamers, the ones who refuse to ‘be realistic’ and who fail to grow up and embrace the ‘adult world’.

We see the world differently. We absorb, we question, we find it very difficult to conform and often we are highly sensitive. It is exactly these characteristic which allow us to delve to new depths of self expression which are often very personal, sharing a part of ourselves through our art forms.

It is through creative expression that a lot of us find ways to cope with traumatic and painful experiences, or we use it to vent our frustrations and confusion at the world we find ourselves in. Our chosen art form gives us a voice and a way to try and make sense of our lives and experiences. It is a coping mechanism, a release, a way to share our story, a healing process, a joy, a passion, a way to invite others into our world, a gift, a contribution and most importantly our chosen purpose.

So why then is creativity as a whole so hugely undervalued in our society?

Why are creative people so often expected to work for free?

Why are creative subjects often thought of as much less important than those which fall into more academic categories?

Why are creative peoples dreams and aspirations not taken as seriously as those wishing to be an accountant or a lawyer?

Why are creative people constantly made to feel inadequate and as if they should feel guilty for choosing to pursue their chosen art form?

Is it really any wonder that so many of us suffer from anxiety surrounding our chosen paths? The incessant self doubt, the constant expectation to work for free, the feelings of inadequacy, the instability, often having to work jobs which are in no way conducive to our creative goals but are required so we can just about make this months rent.

 

Whilst I appreciate this is coming off as a bit of a rant, the point of this post is actually the complete opposite. It is to draw attention to the fact that we are all struggling in some way or another and there is absolutely no shame in that. We are all bound together through our joint love of what we do and that is an incredible thing. The ability to see ourselves and our struggles in others helps us to view them as potential friends, mentors and collaborators. It encourages us to reach out and find ways to connect and help one another because in spite of popular belief we are stronger together than apart.

When we are made to feel inadequate, we often become very insecure and are driven by an overwhelming desire to try to prove ourselves. Shouts to the ego that lies within us all! We feel compelled to show that we can in fact do what we set out to do, and are not just dreamers who should have gotten a ‘real’ job and conformed as society expected us to. Whilst there is nothing wrong with drive, it can have a very negative effect when the prime motivation behind it is fear and lack of self worth. Suddenly everyone is a threat to your potential success, jealousy is rife and the will to reject or shut down any form of ‘competition’ is overwhelming. Cue the paranoia, the lack of trust, the isolation, the anxiety and the all consuming feeling of loneliness.

This post is a reminder that you are part of a huge family of people who are all on some level able to relate to your struggles. You are not alone and there is absolutely no shame in talking to people and seeking help when life gets tough and it does for all of us. 

Just because you are following your passion and doing something you love, it does not mean that it is going to be all rainbows and unicorns. Whilst I sincerely hope your journey is filled with rainbows a plenty and scattered with lots of unicorns, it is also inevitably going to be filled with many dark caves, some ugly trolls and plenty of mountains which need climbing. When you do what you love you care so much more and because of this when things don’t go well it can be utterly soul destroying. When you don’t get the gig, your music project won’t open, your camera just died on you, it gets you like nothing else. You feel distraught, incapable, like a failure (which you are NOT by the way) and this is only because you care so damn much and have invested so much of yourself into your project. This is where having a support network around you is invaluable. People who know exactly how you feel and understand where you are coming from.

We all have the capability to be the support network for those around us, and to help each other and share in both our successes and difficulties. Communication and understanding is the most important tool we have for overcoming anxiety and breaking down irrational viewpoints that others on the same path as us are in some way our competition or enemy. They have the potential to be our inspiration, our friends and part of our creative crew so lets welcome them aboard. The more we band together the happier all of our journeys will be. What is the point of embarking on a journey to do what you love and walking a road littered with bitterness, resentment, isolation and jealousy which can ironically end up in you hating the very thing you loved when you began your adventure.

Community, encouragement, engagement, non judgement and positivity are the most important attributes to all of our journeys and they will fill our adventures with a hell of a lot more rainbows and unicorns than fear and resentment ever will.

STATE OF FLO is launching the Beautiful Minds Stand Together campaign in aid of Mental Health Awareness Week which is taking place this year from 8-14th May.

The aim is to encourage people to band together in a show of solidarity and support for one another and to reinforce the fact that you are not alone in your struggles and difficulties whatever they may be.

Silicone bracelets have been made with the BMST slogan imprinted on them and are available for free to anyone who would like to join and support the campaign.

All you have to do is go the CONTACT US section on the website and fill in your name, address and state how many you would like. They will then be sent out to you via first class post.

(Please not your details will not be saved or stored. They will simply be used to send out your bands and will then be deleted.)

Wishing you positivity always and please remember YOU CAN DO IT, YOU ARE NOT ALONE and YOU ARE ENOUGH.

Big love xxx

VOLKS MIDWEEK MADNESS

The management team at Volks Nightclub (which can be found on Madeira Drive, Brighton Seafront if you weren’t sure) have gone to great lengths recently to ensure that you will never again be at a loss when looking for a mid week party.

Days are longer, the sun is shining and more often that not the Wednesday evening post work pub drinks, lead to a cheeky celebratory night out. Manager Will, Assistant Manager Liam and Events Manager Jerome have been ridiculously hard at work recently to bring you a whole host of new mid week nights, which due to their musical variety are sure to have something for everyone.

This week on Wednesday 12th April sees Volk’s Wednesdays present 4 ELEMENTS. This night will feature a host of DJs, MCs, Live Beatboxing, Live Graffiti and Breakdancers along with NUS deals and only £2 entry before midnight.

The following week on Wednesday 19th April they return with Volk’s Wednesdays present UKG/BASSLINE featuring yet more DJS, MCs, Drinks and NUS deals. £2 entry with your name on the Facebook wall, or £4 if you forgot to pay their Facebook wall a visit. (Link below so no excuse really…)

Just to cover the full spectrum of musical genres they have also launched CABARAVE. The second event will be landing Wednesday May 3rd and will be filled with glitter, a photo booth and fortune readings! Music will be provided by a band and Skank – City DJs playing everything from Gypsy Swing, Ghetto Funk, Breaks, Jackin House and Garage.

Whatever you might be after, they definitely have you covered, so go check out one of their new nights and celebrate your mid week properly!

All links below…

Website – https://www.volksclub.co.uk

Volks Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TheVolksNightclub

Cabarave Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/cabaravebrighton

Volk’s Wednesdays present 4 Elements

Facebook Events Page

https://www.facebook.com/events/1337714416295694

Volk’s Wednesdays present Garage and Bassline

Facebook Events Page

https://www.facebook.com/events/245447759256837

 

ARKITECH HAVE ARRIVED

HOLD UP! Arkitech have arrived with their debut release on Lifestyle Music and unless you are severely sonically challenged, you will be adding it to your music collection with immediate effect.

The release is comprised of two tracks MK ULTRA, an absolutely sick roller and HOLD UP, equally brilliant but on a slightly deeper, almost hypnotic vibe. It’s well worth noting that the inspiration behind the MK ULTRA track name comes from ‘Project MK ULTRA.’ This is referring to the infamous mind control program run by the CIA between the 50s and 70s which centred around the use of extreme torture methods and interrogation. Label boss Peter is responsible for the accompanying video to the track which he describes as,

‘a homage to two of my favourite film makers Stanley Kubrick and Adam Curtis, the ever timely magazine Adbusters, and as a comment on the state of affairs around the world and what we are currently subjected to.’

For those who like to question the world around them and explore the art of free thinking, tracks and videos such as these are a well received injection of truth.

If hearing this EP leaves you wanting more then fear not, Arkitech have previously graced Lifestyle Music with free track release Convulsion and also a 60 min MixCast which gives you a very good idea of what they are about and contains tracks from the likes of Alix Perez, Skeptical and DRS. Need I say more…

Finally, just incase you wanted a little bit of behind the scenes info. Arkitech are a duo who during daylight hours go by the names Steve and Rob. They are currently residing in Brighton and Cambridge.

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To find out more head over to both theirs and the Lifestyle Music socials which are linked below

Arkitech 
www.twitter.com/Arkitech_Music
www.soundcloud.com/arkitech_dnb
www.facebook.com/arkitechdrumandbass

Lifestyle Music
www.twitter.com/lifestylednb
www.soundcloud.com/lifestylemusic
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The release is available to purchase from the Lifestyle Music Bandcamp and on Beatport.