Cutting through geographical borders and preconceptions, this Rotterdam-based producer-slash-DJ is “doing his own thing”: enlivening African culture in enthralling and embalming beats. Preaching the power of music while issuing a euphoric playlist that resonates with the African Diaspora, his mixes are never dull. Transmitting a contemporary, Afro-centric sound, Philippe—alias Philou Louzolo—displays his roots with a sound that’s ever relevant. His powerful tunes make an ideal audible resting/raving place and counter club culture’s Euro-centric status quo.
Hi Philou! What made you want to pursue music?
You love the person that makes you feel happy and empowers you—and I fell in love with music because it’s the source of my happiness and self-empowerment.
Who do you make music for?
My music is for those who understand “soul” music and understand the deeper spiritual meaning of music. It’s for those who do not only consume music for entertainment but for those who also understand the power of it.
How do you go about creating your sound? And what sets it apart?
Most of the time, I’m not really aware of what’s happening in the world around me; I’m always the last one to discover the newest hype DJ, track or festival. I’ve created my own bubble with my own sources and places on the web where I find music and inspiration. It’s a bubble where European trends/hypes in music are excluded, so this is how I automatically started doing “my own thing”.
Is there any artist that inspires your sound in particular?
I rarely notice that my sound’s inspired by other sounds. There are some artists from back in the days that I admire; they inspired me when I was choosing my first direction as an artist, but nowadays when I create, I’m mostly inspired by how society moves. Cultural and social developments in society are giving me so much inspiration, and even though I know my art brings joy, it’s also my duty to be part of the revolution to empower minorities around the globe.
The theme of our latest issue is Modern Love. What are your thoughts on this term? And would you say your work relates to it somehow?
To be honest, I’ve never thought about the connection between this concept and my work. I can only say that being part of the nightlife makes me constantly aware of my perception of “Modern Love”. To me, it means Love & Freedom, and although many see nightlife as a place where people commit sins, I see it as a place where people’s masks fall off and feel free enough to connect with their inner desires. I’ve noticed that within the more traditional perception of love, loving someone and having a mutual understanding about love, means that the desire for mutual loyalty and commitment can sometimes be replaced by a structural manner of ownership over a person.
For me,“Modern Love” means to be able to break the idea of monogamy and be able to connect (emotionally, sexually) with more than one person—whether you’re in a relationship or not. For me, (Modern) Love is about being free to confront, accept and show your inner desires.