Louise Wallis

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Louise Wallis also known as Luminous

Louise Wallis is a DJ, singer, and writer who is also known for her animal advocacy. She lives in London, England.

Early life[edit]

Louise Wallis was born in 1964, into a musical family in Birmingham, England. She was raised by her mother and maternal grandparents. Her grandfather Syd had his own band, notorious in the post-war years for raucous all-night parties, and her great grandmother Kitty was a celebrated pianist who played pubs and clubs into her 90s.

At age six, Wallis acquired a step-father and a new brother; she also acquired a kitten, to soften the blow of a sudden move to Southampton. Four years later she gained a sister.

She sought solace in the company of animals, developing a particular passion for horses.

By the age of 18 she was a fully-fledged animal activist and vegan.

Animal advocacy[edit]

In 1988,as a Regional Campaigns Officer for the National Anti-Vivisection Society, she organised one of the largest national anti-vivisection marches ever held (25,000 people).[citation needed]

She then carried out undercover investigations in 1990. Seeing a job advert titled 'An Important Role working with Animals', she soon found herself working as a trainee animal technician with the drug company SmithKline Beecham.[1] She applied for a job at a second animal research laboratory St Bartholomew's Medical School[2] where she worked for several months before being sacked after, in all likelihood, a police tip off. In a bizarre twist of fate, Louise had moved into a flat on Burgoyne Road in north London, which had been vacated by another activist, John Barker, who was later unmasked as an undercover police spy.[3] Nevertheless, Wallis's story made national press, and she was dubbed "Britain's No 1 Animals Rights Campaigner" by the Sunday Sport newspaper.[citation needed] With the National Anti-Vivisection Society she launched a 'Free the Beagles' campaign calling for the release of 24 dogs for whom she had cared at SmithKline Beecham; the company refused, and all 24 dogs were destroyed.[citation needed]

In November 1991 Wallis was elected president of the Vegan Society. She commissioned and produced the charity's first film, Truth or Dairy,[4] starring Benjamin Zephaniah and directed by Franny Armstrong. She also created World Vegan Day in 1994, to mark the Society's 50th anniversary; the event has since been celebrated every 1 November around the globe. On 29 March 1995 she gave evidence on animal welfare at the infamous 'McLibel' trial,[5] the longest-running case in English history, which involved two activists sued by McDonald's for distributing a leaflet called "What's Wrong with McDonald's?" In 2013, it emerged that this leaflet had been co-written by another undercover police spy, Bob Lambert.[6]

On 2 October 2010, Wallis gave a speech at the national 'March for Farmed Animals,' marking World Farm Animals Day.

She briefly returned to the Vegan Society as a director in November 2010, before resigning in June 2011. She continues to write for the Society's magazine The Vegan.

Music[edit]

Under the pseudonym Luminous, Wallis DJs and sings in the band Luminous Frenzy, a collaboration with her guitarist / composer partner Frank Frenzy. Reviewers have compared her haunting,[7] siren-like vocals[8] to Sia, Alison Moyet and Portishead's Beth Gibbons.

Luminous Frenzy performed at the first Bestival in 2004, and the Big Chill Festival 2005.[9] Big Chill founder Pete Lawrence later cited the band as one of several that year that he considered to be "at the cutting edge of musical progression".[citation needed] Luminous Frenzy's debut album, 'Violence Ambience,' (Freeport Records) was released in 2006, and launched at the Big Chill Bar. It included the track 'McEmotion', written for and featured in McLibel,[10] a film directed by Franny Armstrong[10] and later selected by the British Film Institute for their series "Ten Documentaries That Shook the World".[11] The critically acclaimed single 'Three Cliffs Bay' followed in 2007, recorded with Adam Thomas.[12] Expanding to a five-piece, Luminous Frenzy went on to develop a heavier rock-driven sound. This led them to record their next single, ‘Momentary/Random Generator,’ with producer Paul Sampson, whose credits include Catatonia and "Crash," a Top 3 US hit by The Primitives.[13]

Wallis was voted one of the World's 'Top 100 Female DJs', in a comprehensive worldwide listing[14] in the first, and so far only, poll of its kind. She was ranked 68 (19 in the UK), between Radio 1 DJs Annie Mac and Annie Nightingale.[15][16] For many years she had a monthly DJ residency[17] at the legendary venue The Foundry[18] where she also appeared as a guest on Tracey Moberly's The Late, Late Breakfast Show with comedian Mark Thomas. A French house music fan and francophile, Wallis has performed twice at the French Institute's 12-hour extravaganza 'My Night With Philosophers'.[19][20][21]

Combining her love of DJ’ing and veganism, Wallis has created two popular vegan-themed DJ mixes. ‘Vegan Anthems’ in 2010 was described by the award-winning blog Our Hen House as "an eclectic, moving, unexpectedly genius set."[22] In 2011, Luminous created 'Vegan Artists – from Sigur Rós to Black Sabbath' in what she described as "an odyssey."[23]

Author[edit]

Wallis writes for various health and lifestyle magazines including Get Fresh!, Your Healthy Living, Vegetarian Living and The Vegan. She has interviewed musicians Johnny Marr,[24] Moby and Geezer Butler,[25] the dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah, and comedian Richard Herring, as well as vegan chefs Mimi Kirk[26] and Mel Baker (aka the Kind Cook).[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Issues : About vivisection : Investigations : SmithKline Beecham Laboratories, Stock, Essex". National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS). Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Issues : About vivisection : Investigations : St. Bartholomew". National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS). Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  3. ^ Lewis, Paul; Evans, Rob (3 February 2013). "Woman's 18-year search for truth about police spy who used dead child's name". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Truth or Dairy". Vimeo. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Witness statement: Louise Wallis". McSpotlight. 28 July 1993. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  6. ^ Lewis, Paul; Evans, Rob (21 June 2013). "McLibel leaflet was co-written by undercover police officer Bob Lambert". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Luminous Frenzy – Three Cliffs Bay". YouTube. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  8. ^ Geddes, Jonathan (25 April 2007). "Luminous Frenzy – 'Three Cliffs Bay' (Freeport) Released 23/04/07". Gigwise.
  9. ^ "Big Chill 2005 Line Up". Virtualfestivals.com. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Credits – STORYVILLE: McLIBEL". BFI Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Documentary: shaking the world". Sight & Sound. British Film Institute. September 2007.
  12. ^ http://www.pennyblackmusic.co.uk/MagSitePages/Review.aspx?id=5192
  13. ^ "Coventry and Warwickshire – Entertainment – Pop into the Past". BBC. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  14. ^ "Results of the Top 100 DJ Poll! : You Asked For It, You Got It!!!!". Shejay, the Online female DJ booking agency & dance music ezine. Shejay. 1 March 2006. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  15. ^ "THE TOP 100 FEMALE DJs". Shejay. Archived from the original on 5 April 2006. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  16. ^ "THE TOP 100 FEMALE DJs". Clubpages.net. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  17. ^ http://www.foundry.tv/archive/diary/index.050609.html
  18. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2010/feb/03/foundry-gallery-set-to-close
  19. ^ "2012 Edition – My Night With Philosophers". Institut-francais.org.uk. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  20. ^ "2013 Edition – My Night With Philosophers". Institut-francais.org.uk. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  21. ^ "2013 Edition – Programme". Institut français du Royaume-Uni. 7 June 2013. P… is not Dead, Luminous Frenzy: The DJs of Luminous Frenzy Sound System will provide the soundtrack to My Night with Philosophers, a 12 hour musical and philosophical journey with a special focus on Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Music
  22. ^ Singer, Jasmin (20 October 2010). "Vegan Anthems (You NEED to Hear This…)". Our Hen House. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  23. ^ Singer, Jasmin (26 July 2011). "DJ Luminous and Her "Vegan Artists" Mix". Our Hen House. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  24. ^ "Johnny Marr interview". Louise Wallis. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  25. ^ "Geezer Butler interview". Louise Wallis. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  26. ^ Wallis, Louise (November 2011). "Young at Heart". Get Fresh!. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  27. ^ "Interview with Mel Baker, The Kind Cook". Louise Wallis. Retrieved 15 September 2013.