Louis Schulte (3hree Handed Magic!) is an Author, A Digital Artist, A Singer Songwriter and more recently, A Music Video Creator & Music Producer. As a Musician he specializes in Guitars, Guitar Synthesis, Drums, Electric Bass, Keyboards and of Course, Lead and Backing Vocals.
He has released two solo music albums of original material on his own Record Label: “3hree Handed Magic!” Creative Arts
“I Climbed The Light Of The Whole World Mountain.” Released in 2009 and “The G Spot!” released in January 2013.
Both Albums are still Available on iTunes, Amazon and Virtually every Internet Music Store.
Louis Schulte is first and foremost a “Recording Artist”! He writes all of his own material, (Lyrics and Music), arranges each piece, plays each and every instrument, and produces each song in entirety with the explicit intention of making a Signature Recording that is Identity Specific and a unique creation of the artist.
It Seems Louis was born with an Innate Love for Music, Art and Live Performance. He probably began to Dance not long after he learned to walk and by the age of eight he was a semi-regular featured guest performer on the highly rated [Glen] “Skipper” Ryle Children’s Program, which aired live every Saturday and Sunday morning on local television station WKRC Channel 12 in Cincinnati Ohio.
It was an era when lip-syncing and Dancing was still referred to as pantomiming and it was something the little boy had shown a real talent for. He would literally perform anywhere and everywhere at the drop of a hat. Almost too willing at times, he had become emotionally dependent, not only to the act of performing, but also the adulation and attention it brought him.
He never passed up any opportunity to perform at an event, a family get-together, weddings, birthday parties, and later his oldest sister Billie Lou would occasionally take him along to her high school dances.
He was a novelty act that many people seemed to appreciate and enjoy. It was a heady experience for a young person. There was even an occasional request for an autograph. He was also being invited to perform at local dances and it was not uncommon for someone to drop some money in a Jukebox at a Cafe or restaurant and invite him to take the floor. He never hesitated.
There were several standard Hit records of that time period that were imprinted on his soul. He had rehearsed each song until his performance seemed totally natural, as if the song belonged to him. Bobby Darin, Elvis and Ricky Nelson were favorites. There were many others, but he somehow had a special relationship with certain songs.
Without a doubt, “Mack The Knife” was number one. Within the year or so after the release of the record, Little Louie performed that tune for various Audiences probably a hundred times or more.
He had developed an entire persona and character for each song. He sincerely endeavored to make the audience believe it was actually him singing. He had developed his dancing and polished his performance capability to a point that it only felt natural that the next step would be the development of his own singing voice.
At the age of 9 he began taking lessons to learn to play the Trumpet. At the age of 10 while attending a special Thanksgiving Day Dinner with his Father, he was given a gift of a pair of Drumsticks from Famed Jazz Drummer, Band Leader and Recording Artist Dee Felice. This act of fate coupled with his Parents eventual separation and Divorce would dramatically change the course of his life.
Named after his Father and Grandfather, Louis Bernard William Schulte III was one of Six Children. A middle child with three older and two younger sisters. They lived a few miles outside of the little Ohio River town, New Richmond on a remote one hundred and ten acre plot of undeveloped farmland in an older wood framed house that was painted White…. Their Driveway was actually a winding one third to one half mile stretch of graded dirt and gravel road that was densely lined with beautiful mature Trees.
As a matter of fact, much of the entire property was covered with gatherings of giant trees that would cordon off and embrace various sized fields of tall grass and creeks that flowed steadily for miles.
The Children were especially oblivious to the fact that the family was hovering right at the poverty line and the family unit was being tethered together by a very fragile decaying armistice. Sadly, the parents, were acutely aware of their dire circumstances. Their financial problems added to the stress of living and when indiscretions surfaced and were disclosed the marriage vows were battered till broken and the reckoning would ultimately tear everything down.
On that fateful occasion he arrived home from school alone to discover the entire house was empty! His Mother [Jane] had gathered up his Sisters and packed nearly every piece of furniture and personal belongings she could fit into a Trailer, then they literally disappeared from the State. Louis and his father were of course devastated, but to make matters even worse Louie’s Dad did not believe he was qualified to appropriately care for his son while living far out in the country, so he arranged to have him go to live with his aunt, uncle and two cousins in the city.
They were wonderful people and they tried in every way to make Louie feel at home and a part of their family. He continued his education in Catholic school where his spirituality and his faith grew strong and would noticeably influence his life choices and his music especially later in life. After two years of searching, it was discovered that his mother and sisters had been living three thousand miles away in Southern California.
It came to light that his mother had become involved with the town Doctor she had been working for back in New Richmond Ohio, and as a result she had given Birth to Louis’s first little brother.
In a matter of weeks after the discovery Louie was reunited with his estranged family members and was living in Lake Elsinore California with them.
By then he had become more passionate about his music than ever before. He had spent most of his alone time over those two preceding years, teaching himself how to play the Drums after a few private lessons from Dee Felice on some practice pads. At thirteen he formed his own musical group playing on his first real drum-set. He was also the lead singer.
During that same period his drumming caught the attention of the Elsinore Union High School band teacher and Louis was recruited to play on special occasions with the High School Band. Even before he turned 15, he was playing weekends in clubs with an all adult Jazz Group in Corona California.
Also, during that same time period, after several lineup changes, Louis’s little combo group settled on its final four members, and they then changed their name to “DECEMBERS CHILDREN”. With that they quickly became an enormously popular west coast rock Group.
Louis’s Father was a Jazz Aficionado. Not only did he possess an extensive library of Albums covering nearly every facet of the genre, he was also a regular patron of every Nightclub that featured live Jazz. As a consequence, he had become close friends with everyone who was anyone in the hip 1960’s era Jazz Circles in and around Cincinnati.
He would keep company with the local Jazz musicians and radio personalities from WNOP, often referred to as the Jazz Ark. Whenever Louis would return to Cincinnati to visit his father, it was a common occurrence on the weekends for Louis to don a suit and tie and accompany his Dad to various adult night spots like, “The Living Room”, “The Penthouse”, and “The Playboy Club”, to experience performance’s by some of the Top Artists of the 1960‘s; Oscar Peterson, Amanda Ambrose, Jack Sheldon, The Jazz Crusaders and Mark Murphy to name a few. It was also not unusual for the Local acts to invite Louis to sit in for a song or two.
As a young man he was mentored by famed Jazz Musician “Dee Felice”. He studied the art of recording with producer Gordy Neal, engineer Bob D’Orleans (Mountain) and producer Shad O’Shay (Counterpart Creative Studios / Fraternity Records).
Louis was for many years a hired Gun providing studio support for various up and coming Artists, as well as a few established ones. He was often called upon to perform backing Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Drums, and he also did a few voice overs and sound effects for radio commercials. He was never paid much for his work, but he was not there for the money, he loved the studio and anything that had to do with it.
And Today, with several hundred Compositions to his credit, he concentrates solely on his own creations and Recordings in his own private Studio. Besides Being a Musician and an Artist, Louis Schulte is an Inkman / Lithographic Printing Ink formulator/ Chemist and Technical Service Printing Ink Specialist.
Until recently, His Ink Formulations were relied on to Reproduce the Graphic Art created for the Packaging of Playstation 3 and 4, XBOX and Wii Video Games, like the John Madden Football Series and Virtually all of the EA Sports Titles. The Packaging for Hundreds if not Thousands, of Blu-Ray and DVD Titles; including “Batman Begins”, “The Dark Knight”, “The Dark Night Rises”, “The Matrix” Series as well as popular Titles; “Life Of PI” , “The Hobbit” And “MAN OF STEEL” were also Printed with Lithographic Ink he formulated..
Many High Profile Musical Artists Compact Disk Releases were also printed with his printing ink. A few Examples are Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, Katy Perry, Janet Jackson and Barbra Streisand.
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