Brett Ewels (born 15 September 1990), best known by his stage name Louis La Roche, is a French house/nu-disco/funk producer, remixer and DJ from Norwich, UK.
Louis La Roche sprung to prominence in 2008 with his Michael Jackson sampled debut track Love (which was originally mistaken for Daft Punk) and featured on an unofficial five-track EP entitled 'The Peach EP' (2008). The track quickly made an impact across online blogs and led to recognition via an article by the British newspaper The Guardian. From there, Louis went on to form his own record label 'Ever After Records', on which he released the EP's 'Me & Her' (2009), 'Super Soaker' (2010) and 'Number One' (2011), a collaboration with German producer Patrick Alavi. He followed this with the single 'My Turn', which featured guest vocals by Yann Destal of Modjo.
At the end of 2011, Louis' next single 'Gimme Gimme/The Wall' topped the Beatport Electronica chart, which was shortly followed by the neighbouring single 'Untrue/Touch Wood'. The track featured a guest appearance from upcoming UK rapper Ad-Apt and contains vocals by Louis himself. Both singles had accompanying videos which were featured on YouTube.
In 2013, Louis released the five-track EP 'Composure' on Ever After Records, shortly followed by the double A-side single 'Kaboom/Funk Trunk Skunk' on Om Records. This single had accompanying music videos which were exclusively featured on Vevo.
During 2014, Louis released the single 'Offline' featuring J Paul Getto & Lizzie Curious on Nurvous Records. This was then followed up with a late 80's inspired EP entitled 'Dusty Cassette' on Ever After Records.
In addition to his own material, Louis has created a string of official remixes for artists such as Basement Jaxx, Fred Falke, Spiller, Aeroplane, Mike Mago, Don Diablo, VV Brown, Del Marquis (of the Scissor Sisters), Teenage Bad Girl, Mercury Music Prize winner Speech Debelle and The Supermen Lovers. Unofficial remixes include the likes of Michael Jackson, Calvin Harris, Miley Cyrus, Riva Starr & Fatboy Slim, Burial, Kate Bush and Gorillaz.
His tracks have appeared on compilations by Ministry of Sound, Modular, Neon, Hed Kandi, Defected and Annie Mac Presents. Louis La Roche has received radio airplay from DJs such as Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Alex Metric, MistaJam, Kissy Sellout, Benji B, Huw Stephens, and Jaymo & Andy George. He has had exclusives mixes on Kiss FM and Australian radio station Triple J. In 2012 Louis hosted an hour-long show for BBC Radio Norfolk as part of the BBC Introducing programme.
In addition to radio, Louis has also written music for television, being featured in the Channel 4 series Skins as well as composing the theme song for Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards. Louis La Roche was featured as The Guardian Music's first 'New Band of The Day' (no. 696) for 2010. Louis was featured in the UK music magazine Future Music (published on 9 May 2012) and recorded a video interview in the MofoHifi studio in London, where he discusses working with FL Studio, producing techniques and his creative process. Louis was promoted to a FL Studio Power User in late 2013.
Between 2011 and 2013 Louis produced a series of 15-minute mixtapes entitled 'Scenery', which have collectively collected over 120,000 plays on SoundCloud. The press release reads: "Scenery is no ordinary mixtape, all featured songs are edits, remixes, ideas and originals from Louis La Roche. There will be no tracklisting, the idea is that Scenery is a listening experience of short songs that create a journey for the listener. This is a free project, released digitally by myself, and each part will come with individual artwork." The final instalment of project ‘Scenery Mixtape Part 6 (THE END)’ was released on 1 August 2014 and was twice the length of the previous mix tapes.
Louis has shared the stage with artists such as Armand Van Helden, A-Trak, Aeroplane, and 2ManyDJs. Since 2008, Louis has toured America, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Indonesia and Malaysia. European countries include: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine. Festival appearances include Creamfields, Farmfestival, The Isle of Wight Festival and Oxygen.
In 2014, Louis supported Kylie Minogue on two dates of her Kiss Me Once Tour.