In the fall of 2015, Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett, who make music as Louis the Child, were on tour in support of The Chainsmokers. One day in the vicinity of Illinois, Kennett joined the Chainsmokers' Andrew Taggart to fiddle with some music on the tour bus; the two men came up with a drop and then continued on with their lives. That drop later appeared in the Chainsmokers' "Closer," which spent all of September, October, and most of November at No. 1 on the Hot 100.
So it's gone for Louis the Child, who are preparing to release a new EP, Love Is Alive, on March 24th. This duo has enjoyed a casually charmed life since 2015, the year that their song "It's Strange" was included by Taylor Swift in a mix of songs titled "New Songs That Will Make Your Life Awesome (I Promise)." The makers of FIFA 2016 agreed with Swift's diagnosis and picked "It's Strange" for the videogame's soundtrack, delivering Louis the Child to soccer fans alongside established hitmakers like Disclosure and Kygo.
The following year, the duo embarked on their first headlining tour, showing their ability to please multiple demographics by performing at both events tailored for electronic music fans -- Diplo's Mad Decent Block Party, Electric Zoo -- and festivals like Lollapalooza and Governor's Ball that are more tailored to unfocused browsing. In addition, they collaborated with the Swedish duo Icona Pop on "Weekend," which was picked up by Atlantic's Big Beat Records; Big Beat specializes in releasing electronic music that ends up in the top 40, with a roster of crossover acts like Clean Bandit, Matoma, and Robin Schulz.