Louis Moorhouse-Gann (Announcement)

SR0038: LOUIS MOORHOUSE-GANN

From Brighton to Barcelona via ‌Buenos‌ ‌Aires ‌and ‌Rio‌ ‌de‌ ‌Janeiro‌, selector Louis Moorhouse-Gann brings a mix made up of sounds from the 80’s, exploring everything Italo-disco, synth/pop and electro/hip-hop.

‌I’m‌ ‌more‌ ‌of‌ ‌a‌ ‌selector‌ ‌than‌ ‌a‌ ‌DJ.
I’m‌ ‌from‌ ‌Brighton‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌U.K.‌ ‌but‌ ‌I’ve‌ ‌lived‌ ‌abroad‌ ‌for‌ ‌around‌ ‌ten‌ ‌years‌ ‌now,‌ ‌firstly‌ ‌in‌ ‌Buenos‌ ‌Aires,‌ ‌then‌ ‌Rio‌ ‌de‌ ‌Janeiro‌ ‌and‌ ‌now‌ ‌Barcelona.‌ ‌In‌ ‌terms‌ ‌of‌ ‌playing‌ ‌music,‌ ‌I’m‌ ‌more‌ ‌of‌ ‌a‌ ‌selector‌ ‌than‌ ‌a‌ ‌DJ and I do it as a passionate hobby.‌ ‌I’ve‌ ‌always‌ ‌been‌ ‌quite‌ ‌obsessive‌ ‌with‌ ‌music,‌ ‌growing up ‌I‌ ‌listened‌ ‌to‌ ‌rock‌ ‌and‌ ‌punk as most of us did with a love for all things Sonic Youth‌, ‌as I grew older ‌I‌ ‌started‌ ‌to‌ ‌delve further into more‌ ‌experimental‌ ‌noise-based‌ ‌music‌ be it in the form of rock/industrial/electronic/ambient/psychedelic etc.

I studied in London and lived there for around six years which made a huge imprint on me as I‌ regularly‌ went‌ ‌to‌ ‌shows or promoted ‌events‌. It was a hub of creativity which I haven’t seen anywhere else to that extent, seeing shows that were enlightening and unleashed from the conventional norms, some of the best live performances I’ve seen have been from the likes of Acid Mothers Temple, Shit & Shine, Nisennenmondai, Boredoms to name a few. ‌When‌ ‌I‌ ‌moved‌ ‌to‌ ‌Latin‌ ‌America‌ ‌I‌ ‌lost‌ ‌touch‌ ‌with‌ ‌that‌ ‌essence a little‌ ‌as‌ ‌I‌ ‌was‌ ‌really‌ ‌living‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌kind‌ ‌of‌ ‌nomad, travelling, working/volunteering‌,‌ ‌my‌ ‌life‌ ‌was‌ ‌really‌ ‌about‌ experiencing during that period,‌ ‌I‌ ‌began‌ ‌to‌ ‌take an‌ ‌interest‌ ‌in‌ ‌traditional‌ ‌Latin‌ ‌music‌ ‌and‌ ‌its‌ ‌origins.‌

‌In‌ ‌hindsight,‌ ‌it‌ ‌has‌ ‌really‌ ‌made‌ ‌a‌ ‌lasting‌ ‌impression‌ ‌on‌ ‌me.‌ ‌As‌ ‌it‌ ‌goes‌ ‌I’ve‌ ‌always‌ ‌had‌ ‌a‌ ‌real‌ ‌obsession‌ ‌with‌ ‌Japanese‌ ‌music‌ ‌whether ‌it's‌ ‌ethnic traditional‌ ‌folk‌ ‌to‌ ‌modern‌ ‌experimental‌ ‌rock‌ ‌to‌ ‌80’s‌ ‌synth-pop.‌ ‌I‌ ‌take‌ ‌a‌ ‌lot‌ ‌of‌ ‌interest‌ ‌in‌ ‌Japanese‌ ‌culture‌ ‌in‌ ‌general‌ ‌which‌ ‌really began in my early 20’s when I embarked on a two-month trip there. As of now, I’m very open in terms of musical taste, you could say that now I’ve made quite a shift as I take a huge interest in various forms of 80’s electronic dance music‌.

DJing‌ ‌all‌ ‌started‌ ‌about‌ ‌two ‌years‌ ‌ago‌...
...‌when‌ ‌a‌ ‌friend‌ ‌asked‌ ‌me ‌to‌ ‌play‌ ‌at‌ ‌his‌ ‌radio‌ ‌station‌ ‌(RadioCC)‌ ‌which‌ ‌he‌ ‌had‌ ‌just‌ ‌begun,‌ ‌incidentally,‌ ‌it‌ ‌continues‌ ‌today‌ ‌and‌ ‌has‌ ‌really‌ ‌grown‌ ‌and‌ ‌become‌ ‌a‌ ‌great‌ ‌place‌ ‌for‌ ‌local‌ ‌artists‌ ‌to‌ ‌perform.‌ ‌I‌ ‌began‌ ‌there‌ ‌without‌ ‌a‌ ‌clue‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌world‌ ‌playing‌ ‌some‌ ‌really‌ ‌sketchy‌ ‌shows‌ ‌which‌ ‌if‌ ‌I‌ ‌look‌ ‌back‌ ‌on‌ ‌now‌ ‌make‌ ‌me‌ ‌cringe‌,‌ ‌but‌ ‌slowly‌ ‌it‌ ‌materialised. During this time, me and a very good friend started to play as a duo and we began a monthly slot at Freedonia club which is a great promoter of the underground scene in Barcelona and over the years has really become a pillar of creativity in the city, a place to share ideas and enthusiasm.

Moving to Barcelona I began to open some new doors and take a different approach.
As you can imagine the scale of the music scene in Barcelona is much smaller than that of London and doesn’t reach out as globally so gone were the days of seeing bands on a regular basis. Without that kind of inspiration at my fingertips, I began to meet people who were collectors of obscure 70’s and 80’s disco music which really struck a chord and filled a vacuum. From there I embarked on a new journey and began to really focus on 80’s scouring for music in the realms of Italo/Disco/Funk/Electro/Freestyle/House/NewBeat and in general really looking to be inspired. Outside of music I love to draw and create illustrations.

I spend a lot of time searching for music and that is part of the fun.
I love the feeling of coming upon something that triggers a kind of awe and excitement and from there you can’t wait to share your discovery. I usually find myself being drawn to a lot of quirky sounds. This mix is made up of sounds from the 80’s exploring avenues of Italo-Disco, synth/pop, electro/Hip-Hop. I like to mix it up within genres that are interrelated. There are a few classics in there and some obscurities but in general, it starts slow with some hard-hitting Synth tracks such as Slow Beat/Save Our Love (1983) and gradually into more HI-NRG territory such as ‘Tabu - All Night Party (1984)’, a rare and epic masterpiece I discovered recently. This mix also contains an edit I made with a friend recently.

When it comes to current producers I’m not really so up to date.
I have to say that when it comes to things disco related I really appreciate the rawness of the vintage sound but I do hear some great modern producers and I really appreciate their work. I play a lot as a duo with Katmandu at Freedonia Club and from there we have played at varies events in Barcelona. I’m also a resident at Italo Moderni which is a label and platform for podcasts and events in Barcelona. A great place for underground artists to express themselves. I’ve just re-started a monthly radio show at Radio CC which I do as a duo with Katmandu, set in a beautiful outdoor location by the beach. In recent times we also began to organise our own events with International guests but due to the pandemic, it’s on standstill for now.

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