How visual artist-turned-musician LOUGHIE found their sound

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How visual artist-turned-musician LOUGHIE found their sound

A talented visual artist, when did you first start making music and what led you there?

I started making soundtracks to my video art around this time last year. I didn’t know anything about producing, so I am untrained and self-taught. I decided to start writing and producing songs as an extension to my visual work to reach a wider audience.

Are there any particular musicians or bands that inspired you to get into music?

M.I.A. is a huge inspiration for me. The fact she created her first song on a MC-505 and then became a sensation overnight is so amazing to me. She started off as a visual artist and still creates all the visuals for her albums too. I really look up to that.

Tell us about your new single, ‘Torment’. What is the story behind it? What inspired it?

‘Torment’ is a hard-hitting experimental dance song. It started with yelling nonsense over a beat. I really liked the sound, so I started incorporating lyrics about self-censorship, trauma and restriction. All things I experience as a rural queer artist.

How would you describe your sound and how did you come to it?

My sound is very beat-driven, minimal and harsh with an obvious reference to ‘80s industrial
music. I fell into making this sound due to the visuals I created for my upcoming EP.

Any shows or new music on the horizon that LOUGHIE fans should keep an eye out for?

My self-titled EP will be out late October, and a very frightful video for ‘Torment’ will be out very soon – directed and edited myself. It’s going to be wild.

LOUGHIE’s new single, ‘Torment’, is out Wednesday September 25 on all streaming platforms. Head to their website,, to keep up to date with any new music.