"Clubs need to be a completely safe place for everyone, far safer then they currently are, and their total happiness should come at no cost. We need to preserve the space that encourages peace."
In case you don't know, FaltyDL aka Drew Lustman is an American, Brooklyn-based record producer and American Electronic Musician originally from New Haven, Connecticut.
In November 2008, he signed with electronic music label Planet Mu, who released his first two full-length albums, Love is a Liability (2009) and You Stand Uncertain (2011). In January 2011, he signed with London-based label Ninja Tune, who released Atlantis (2011) and the single Straight & Arrow (2012), which features a remix by Four Tet. His third album, Hardcourage, was co-released on January 21, 2013 through Ninja Tune and his own record label, Blueberry Records. The label was named after the blueberry hill his grandmother owned and finally Drew shared his fourth LP In The Wild on 11th August 2014.
A couple weeks before Falty DL's latest release on Ninja Tune, "Rich Prick Poor Dick", he put together this special mix for SeratoCast.
"This mix was fun to make because I have been playing similar sets, albeit longer, on my weekly show on East Village Radio Tuesdays from 2-4pm EST. Its nice if I don't have a gig on the weekend, I can keep my chops up practicing live on the airwaves to a much bigger crowd then a club in fact. It's fun because I still sort of think I am just playing for myself, alone in that radio booth. I've reached that space in my head a few times at gigs and it's magical. Honestly in 7 years of djing as my main source of income I have reached that point maybe 7 times. My entire body feels...
If you start loosing the crowd then you are too far out and you need to reel it back in. Thats a challenge sometimes as well. When I am djing I am often thinking about how all of the millions of variables which have coincided precisely to make the exact reality in which I am currently in. Because it's not just the two tracks I am blending, it's also the speakers and the person controlling them and the amount of people on the floor dampening the cold hard echos of the otherwise empty club. Beyond that the overall vibe or happiness of the club is an organism all of it's own changing and mutating quickly. All it takes is one musical event to completely change the tone of a club in a single instance. That is some great responsibility.
Happiness levels are indeed gaugeable from my vantage and it's funny because I can't think of any other place where that is the most important/encouraged feeling. Cinemas evoke the gamut of emotions and sports arenas both joy and despair. Sports events almost always have both at the same time, split down the middle. In order for one group to be happy, it comes at the cost of one group being upset. Winners and losers. Clubs need to be a completely safe place for everyone, far safer then they currently are, and their total happiness should come at no cost. We need to preserve the space that encourages peace."
FaltyDL has remixed tracks for notable acts, including Seun Kut, Mount Kimbie, The XX, Scuba, Photek, Anthony Shake Shakir, and opened for Radiohead's show at Roseland Ballroom in September 2011.
Rich Prick Poor Dick 12" comes out in a few weeks on Ninja Tune, which after the boundary breaking, experimental excursions of recent LP ‘Into The Wild,’ Brooklyn-Based FaltyDL was hungry to return to the dancefloor music that made his name. That hunger shines though on his ‘Rich Prick Poor Dick’ single - a sleek, stripped back duo of dancefloor stalkers.
Rich Prick Poor Dick’ marks the welcome return of one of the dance music’s most inventive talents, with a pair of all-thrills, no-frills, 21st century club tracks.