BYT: Louis Lodder
PUBLISHED: 16:49 31 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:49 31 October 2016
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Rising star Louis Lodder talks to WEL about his musical talents; performing at the London Coliseum and his future music dreams
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Louis Lodder and I am 12-years-old. I’m currently in year 8 at Forest School in Snaresbrook. It’s my second year at Forest and I am really enjoying being a pupil there.
Where do you live and what do you like about it?
I live in Hackney in London at the moment. I love that there’s so much to do and it’s a very diverse place to live. It’s also great being so near to everything and easy to travel around.
Tell us about your family?
I live with my mum and dad and our cat, Gracie. I also have a half-brother and half-sister.
What is the most exciting thing that has happened to you over the past year?
I had a role in the ENO’s production of the Magic Flute which played at the London Coliseum. I was the ‘Third Boy’ in the show. The costume was really cool and had very weird eyes. What’s On Stage said the three boys were an ‘excellent trio of wizened little man-boys’ so that was exciting.
Who are your biggest influences?
I would say my dad and half-brother as they are both musical. My dad is a musician and my half-brother produces music.
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Hopefully I’ll still be at Forest as I enjoy it here and I hope to be doing more singing along with producing my own music.
How do you relax?
Always with music. I like to listen to everything, I’m a big fan of music.
What makes you smile?
Listening and playing music, and being with my family and friends.
What do you enjoy most at school?
I enjoy all the variety of music here at Forest. I’m in the sixth form jazz band, most lunch times I can be found in the music block doing something. I’ve been rehearsing for house music a lot lately, which has been really fun.
What are you up to during the festive season?
I have an upcoming trip to Barcelona with the football tour so that should be fun. I’m looking forward to the Christmas break as it will be a good chance to see friends, and listen to more music!
Do you have a claim to fame?
Taking part in the Magic Flute, I did seven performances. The whole process was about a year from the first audition to the final show.
Tell us something about you that may surprise us?
I’m not just into music, I like sports and art as well. Anything creative.