When FaltyDL released his 2009 debut on Planet Mu, Love is a Liability, it was notionally tied to dub step, despite not sounding much like the sound at the time. A combination of irregular but still funky drums, bass and light musical surfaces, it stood out and was recognized for it’s distinctiveness-this was a native New Yorker interpreting his love of British dance music from a unique angle. After spending 2010 honing his craft and working on singles for a bunch of different labels and remixes for the likes of The XX, Mount Kimbie and Anthony Shakir, Falty DL, born Drew Lustman, pulls his skills and experience together for this new LP; “You Stand Uncertain”.
1: Has Yogurt every day.
2: Loves Berlin, but feels intimidated by the wide streets.
3: Loves the wide streets.
What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
This feeling that I need to create music comes from deep inside my brain. Even more so then my heart. I am miserable when I can’t make tunes. So it’s this drive that i have that inspires me to make music.
How and when did you get into making music?
I started making noise around 4 or 5. Music came a little later, around 12. I decided I wanted to be a musician when I heard Miles davis when I was also 12. It was Live at the philharmonic. Very intimidating scary stuff.
What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
Oh man, that is so unfair! I’ll say in no particular order, and I’ll get some friends to laugh at this…
Nas – Illmatic
Wu – Tang 36 Chambers
Aphex Twin – RDJ album
Miles Davis – A Tribute to Jack Johnson
I’m gonna leave this 5th spot open, its too tough man…
What do you associate with Berlin?
Cold! But I was there late January for CTM festival… I would love to return in the spring or summer. The people were so nice, and we found an amazing brunch in this park. Very cool restaurant buffet style. Lots of young couples and children. Very sweet.
What’s your favourite place in your town?
My studio is up there. My girlfriends couch. The booth at Club Love is up there too… Anywhere with a bunch of friends really. NYC is crazy, you will see some weird shit anywhere, so you better be with some friends to share it with.
If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I would teach. I still want to teach and may do so in a few years. I will always make music though… but if there were no music I would be teaching kids for sure.
What was the last record you bought?
Hmmm… James Pants, who just moved to Berlin I think, gave me his new album.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
They are all dead. Living… I have already collaborated with my hero, but he needs to finish his part! If it get’s finished you will know.
What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Same gig actually! I opened for Modeselektor in Brooklyn. I had a great set, a really fun time on this big stage, everyone was dancing! He rafters were moving. Then I got lost in the crowd when they played and forgot where I was. That is magical. Does not happen often.
How important is technology to your creative process?
Very because I use a computer to make music. Although I can survive without it. I played the upright bass for 12 years and the flute for 7. I would miss the workflow of a computer if it were gone. It is incredibly fast when you think about it. Make a whole tune, record it, master it, all in a day or two… I guess musicians do the same too, but not in their underwear alone at 3 am.
Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
I have a sister that is very proud of me. I am very jealous of her, because she has a steady job! There is no hustle for her haha! I hustle everyday… but I would be bored without it. Peace.
To New York
Straight & Arrow
Watch a Man Die
Links: Soundcloud | faltydl.com