On the other side of the phone, Louis Berry relaxes in a car with his bass player and his friend. “I try to stay friends with people from my old life,” he tells me.
And certainly, old life seems apt. Since putting out his first single ‘Rebel’ Berry has quickly gained momentum, his life shifting dramatically. “I was basically up to no good, if I’m honest with you”, he says of his old life, even chuckling that if not for music he may have ended up as the next Pablo Escobar. “I want to inspire people from the same background as me,” he explains, clearly enjoying his new life.
And now he’s ready to conquer the music industry. “Liverpool has no music scene” he declares of his home town, dismissing the student wannabes who he feels don’t truly embody the city. “There’s a scene in the city, but not of the city. There’s no voice of the people. They don’t represent the people of the city.”
He’s also contemptuous of mainstream popstars and happily complains about their lack of authenticity, which he mainly centres around not writing their own songs. “Every song’s got to be true” he states, suggesting the problem is that, “nowadays everyone’s scared to say what they want to say.”
His boldness and direct way of talking mean this won’t be a problem with him. “I’m not saying I’m the best there’s ever been in Liverpool, but I’m definitely the best at the moment,” he asserts.
His next album, due out sometime next year, is set to display the full scope of Berry’s work. “I write all different styles of music,” he says, even hinting at a few political songs up his sleeve which will feature alongside his current songs of love and life on the album. “Revolution is going on,” he announces.
This seems to be the way Berry works, drawing primarily from events and experiences for inspiration. “I wouldn’t say I have musical influences, but I definitely take personal influences… the heart and character of someone,” he explains of his songwriting. “There’s many people I admire though”, he concedes, listing Tupac and Johnny Cash as examples. But he is determined to craft his own sound.
Berry is clearly ambitious, and he has every reason to be.