By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Known for his songs like “Haunted,” “So In Love” and “Ruin You” that are lyrically centered around themes of self-empowerment, personal experiences and politics, Louis Libran – a queer, indigenous, electronic alt-pop artist from Sydney – has used 2021 to expand his sonic repertoire.
A proud representative of the LGBTQI+ community, his musical goals are to inspire queer youth, promote self-love and create utopias through sound. The singer-songwriter/producer pictures himself as both a trendsetter and rule breaker, citing the likes of Lady Gaga and Charli XCX as major influences.
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with Libran – who has a debut EP ‘Blue Beginnings’ out now – about what he has been up to lately and more.
Music Bugle – Out of all your songs, it seems like “So In Love” is the one where you took a a chance and did something different. What made you go with that song as a single?
Louis Libran – I had been writing a lot of songs in lockdown and a lot of the music I was writing was the usual dark inspired sound and themes. This song stood out to me and I feel like it was one of the happier songs in my catalog that I wanted to share with everyone. Coming out of 2020 was hard for all of us and I wanted to start this new chapter of my life, coming out of Covid, with a song about love and positivity.
Music Bugle – What do you wish happened more in the queer community?
Louis Libran – I really want the queer community to to abolish heteronormative structures placed within our community. I want the queer community to be more independent and separate to the societal norms that oppressed us. I think the labelling of “masculine” and “feminine” gays and having people in the community identify and putting importance on the labels such as “top” or “bottom” is a very detrimental act the community has clung to. There needs to be more fluidity and freedom, rather than structure and conformity.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?
Louis Libran – I really get excited that I get to make music that comes from the deepest parts of me that I never knew were there. I am a very happy and positive person, but when I write, there are a lot of dark things that come out of me. It’s so enlightening to write music and have your music tell you what you’re feeling deep inside. Making music is my therapy and I don’t realize how much I need it until I start writing.
Music Bugle – How would you describe Sydney to someone who has never been there before?
Louis Libran – Sydney is a massive adventure park. There is honestly so much you can do here and I am really grateful to have grown up in Sydney. We have amazing beaches, multicultural food, dirty nightclubs with great music, dope artists and very beautiful scenic bushland. This is starting to sound like a tourism Australia advert!
Music Bugle – Have you been working on any new music lately?
Louis Libran – I have been working on new music recently. I am always working on my music and I have a lot more coming. Songs like “So In Love” and “Haunted” was just a taste-test sample.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Louis Libran – At the moment, I am listening to Charli XCX, Lady Gaga, Tyler The Creator, SOPHIE, KUČKA, Sevdaliza, Arca and many more!
Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?
Louis Libran – It definitely helps artists, but it can hurt artists as well. I think social media can be a double-edged sword. It all depends on the artist and their mindset and goals. The music industry has relocated to social media, so if artists don’t know how to adapt to the change, then they don’t get as much exposure. It’s hard to get exposure in a highly saturated market full of amazing artists. It can totally overwhelm artists if they compare themselves to others. Social media makes it easy to get distracted and discouraged by successful artists. Luckily, I know my music is pretty unique and special and so is the message I want to share with the world, so I focus on how I am going to get that message out there and that keeps me focused on myself, rather than others.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Louis Libran – The pandemic has affected me both positively and negatively. I wouldn’t be where I am today with the music I have currently written and produced if it wasn’t for the pandemic. However, the pandemic has turned me into a bit of a hermit crab, staying at home and enjoying my own time rather than socializing. I feel like I am both an extrovert and an introvert, so having that time to explore my introverted self a bit more has made me neglect my more social side. I am re-learning how to socialize again.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?
Louis Libran – To my bed or to my couch. I love to nap. If I am not napping on a break, then I’m usually watching anime or meditating if I need a mental break.
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?
Louis Libran – “Every ‘No’ is one step closer to a ‘Yes,'” I don’t know who it’s originally by, but it really stuck with me and inspires me to accept rejection and move on.