Philly’s Louis Knight Talks About his Debut Video, Latest Single, and more
British-born, Philadelphia-based singer, Louis Knight recently released his debut music video for his single, “Just Kiss Me.” The track is from his upcoming EP, Small Victories, out this September.
KnowPhilly talked with Knight about the video, the single, and how to have a music career in Philadelphia.
KP: How does it feel to have your first music video out in the world?
LK: It’s been so exciting! The response has been incredible so far and I can’t wait to see how the rest of my EP resonates with people! “Just Kiss Me” is the first song I wrote for my upcoming EP “Small Victories” and it’s my first release since putting out a little project in high school.
KP: How did you come up with “Just Kiss Me?”
LK: I wrote “Just Kiss Me’ going into the summer of my senior year of high school. I had just gotten out of a long relationship and was in that stage of still trying to find my feet. I went down to the beach with my friends that I hadn’t spent time with in quite a while, and we had an incredible weekend. I just really wanted to capture that moment.
KP: Can fans expect the same vibe from your EP?
LK: I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my life so far and my songs reflect that. My next single from the EP is called “Change”, which I wrote about going through the loss of one of my best and first friends here in America who took his own life. It took me a while to find any understanding in it all but writing this helped me come to terms with it. It’s a tribute to him and I hope it can help others who are suffering with mental illness. In terms of vibe, the songs are all different.
KP: Is it hard to pursue a career in music while living in Philly? Why or why not?
LK: Moving to Philadelphia has given me the opportunity to become a recognized singer-songwriter. It’s a little bit of the American Dream. The people I’ve met here – from my friend Ori who I wrote and co-produced my first demos with to my co-producer and bandmate Matt Fell to Juj who I wrote songs and filmed covers with – they’ve all helped shape me as a musician and songwriter.
KP: What do you think makes the Philly music scene unique?
LK: There is so so much talent here in Philadelphia. Just doing open mic’s over the last few years at World Cafe Live I’ve met so many amazing musicians.
KP: Who would be your dream collaboration?
If he were still alive, I’d have to say writing and performing a song with Freddie Mercury. My dad got me really into Queen as a child and my first theatre experience was going to see “We Will Rock You” in the West End, London.
KP: What’s next for you?
LK: My EP, “Small Victories” will be launching in September! I’m in the process of rehearsing with my band and am really looking forward to supporting the EP by playing both locally and nationally. We’re working on our touring plan and we will be announcing dates in the near future!
KP: What would you like to tell your fans?
LK: I’m so grateful for all the support so far on “Just Kiss Me” and I cannot wait to share this music with you all! Follow my Instagram (@louisknightmusic) to keep up with my life and music.