Louis the Child Works for the 'Weekend'
After earning praise from pop royals Taylor Swift and Lorde, dance-pop act Louis the Child -- comprised of baby-faced producers Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett -- have minted themselves as one of 2016’s buzziest new acts, netting viral hits in their breakthrough single “It’s Strange” featuring K. Flay and its scorcher of a follow-up, “Weekend” featuring Icona Pop.
The Chicago duo feted the success by embarking on their debut headlining It’s Strange tour starting Feb. 27, with festival stops at Coachella, Governors Ball and Firefly, among others.
While in New York City during a stop on the road, Louis the Child invited Billboard’s cameras inside the walls of the Brooklyn Patch -- one of two houses established by SOUR PATCH KIDS to support touring artists -- to chat about the groups’ genesis, the creation of “Weekend,” and their constant sonic evolution.
“We wanna make music that’s fun and happy,” Hauldren tells Billboard. “This song especially … is a very fun concept and just brings out the fun side of everyone.”
“I’ve always loved Icona Pop’s music [and] their melodic style,” adds Kennett. “They had a very similar writing style that fits with us,” adds Hauldren. “They make it super collaborative. Best idea wins.”
Watch the full video for a behind the scenes studio session, where the boys break down their most recent hit and discuss their new material.