Louis Baker Interview

Louis Baker is described as having a vocal tone straight out of the Detroit Motown era. He’s supported and performed with some of Aoteroa’s finest musicians and was selected in 2012 as The New Zealand Participant for the Red Bull Music Academy in New York. He describes his music as, “love, soul, beauty, peace… meaning”.


What place does generosity have in the world of music?

Music is tremendously powerful. There is a oneness that is felt when a collective or group hears music together. When one approaches music with the spirit of generosity, it has the potential to change lives in the most positive way. 


Describe a perfect weekend.

Friends, whanau, food and lots of sun.


What’s rockin’ in the world of Louis Baker?

2012 has been one of the most musically fulfilling years of my life so far. I will be playing at Rhythm & Alps, Rhythm & Vines and La De Da, and am looking forward to these with great excitement. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my manager, Cushla Aston, for all her hard work, and for guiding me through times when I had lost my way.


Who is someone we can all learn from?

Ralph Waldo Emerson – "Give all to love; obey thy heart."


What was something you loved doing as a child?

I used to love going down to the park with my father and playing cricket or rugby. It was usually after school, and sometimes we would stay until the sun went down. I think playing sport, for a young child, or anybody, helps to give that person an understanding of communication and unity. A father is the biggest role model in any boy’s life generally and I am very fortunate to have a father that still believes and supports me to do what I choose to do. It is good to appreciate our parents and our friends. We sometimes give our all - in the sense that we do our utmost to create positivity in whatever form it may be - and feel it is not returned but whether it is in the immediate future or down the line, it is always returned.


Tell us three things that inspire you.

  • Reading. This is the most important tool. It gives me a deeper perspective for music and helps me understand my own creativity process.
  • Poetry. R. Tagore, T. S. Elliot, W. Whitman, Lao Tzu, Alan Watts.
  • Life, in all its shades, gives infinite inspiration and it is nice to write from experience.

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