Like many musicians, Louis Valentine spent much of his youth practising his moves in front of a mirror. Sometimes he held a tennis racquet, other times a shitty old guitar. One time he used a cucumber as a saxophone. These days he records himself with an iPhone.
After stepping away from the legal profession in 2010, he joined retro, rock 'n' roll outfit Zuzu Angel and spent the next 5 years playing shows up and down Australia's East Coast, writhing around stages in leather pants and loving every minute of it.
At the end of 2016, Louis teamed up with The Golden Age - a rag-tag collective of talented, experienced and downright hilarious music journeymen from Melbourne, operating out of Fight Night Records and Aviary Recording Studio in Abbotsford - and made a record.
Louis Valentine writes music that he likes to listen to. He digs soul and folk, blues and country and tries to weave them together into something funky. His lyrics celebrate the ordinary: an ode to the Victorian High Country one minute, a tongue-in-cheek lament about catching late-night taxis the next. He loves Hammond organ and tremolo guitar, gospel choirs and horns. He values live recording and fine playing and swears to write tunes until he no longer can.
During the day, Louis teaches music and legal studies to kids in the youth prison system.
Louis Valentine's debut record - Louis Valentine & The Golden Age - is available at most music stores and streaming services.
Everybody. Particular Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones, Emmylou Harris, Ray Charles and The Meters from the old days; The Clash, Paul Simon, The Black Crowes, Nick Cave and Whitney Houston from those in the middle; and Ryan Adams, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Leon Bridges, Anderson Paak and Adele from those more recent.