"I’ll admit I was skeptical of the SUBPAC… I mix at pretty low levels from years of producing in hotel rooms and in airports and I thought, ‘no way do I need to have the bass literally strapped to me’, but I tried it because it came so highly recommended from literally everyone. When I finally brought it home to LP Studios and sat down with my S2, I felt and heard an entire world I had been missing."
Q&A with Falconry about the SUBPAC:
What role does “feeling” play in the music you make and love?
I’m a tactile dude. I have to touch everything, I have to know what it feels like. If it isn’t making my chest thump, it had better be making my hairs stand up, or some kind of multi-sensory thing. Slow, quiet stuff can do it too, but everything has to make me feel. Otherwise I forget about it.
Has the SUBPAC changed the way you create, produce or mix music?
The SUBPAC has cut mixing time in half. A lot of times I’m producing from the road; in a hotel room or on a tour bus. And I’ve always known I’d have to bring that headphone production back home to the studio and finally hear it right for the first time. With the SUBPAC, I know what my mix is gonna feel like no matter where I am sitting, and on whatever speakers.
How could “physical audio” change our relationship to sound and music in the future?
I think we’ve been working with physical audio for a long time. They’ve always said your low end in a dance record has to be mono, that you shouldn’t do any panning tricks with it. Because god forbid you’d have people on one side of the room feeling something different than people on the other side. I’ve been mixing trying to get a physical response from people since day 1.
What excited you about the Feel SUBPAC project?
Shiva turned me on to it. She also turned me on to Bjork, so, whatever she’s excited about is usually dope.
Falconry is a Grammy-nominated producer, Grammy-nominated songwriter, and world-class performer. Raised in Baltimore, MD and nearby Washington, D.C., there he was first introduced to club music, go-go, punk rock, and what at the time was the seminal east coast hip hop scene. Falconry moved to Los Angeles while still a teenager and for 10 years has been hammering the industry from the inside out.
Traveling the world to perform with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Will I Am, Fatherdude and DJ Skee, Falconry’s electrifying stage antics landed him on the FADER List with his own ‘Top 5’ moments while his productions have been leant to legacy artists like Lil Wayne, Miguel and The Game.
Performing with his band at Burningman ‘08, Falconry fell face first into electronic music and vowed to stitch it to his ambidexturous musical identity. A multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and Ableton junkie, his tracks maneuver from vast Future Bass & World Bass tours de force to moody rocknroll stabs and funky RnB booty shakers. Highly sought after for remixes too, Falconry’s productions can be found throughout the blogosphere, where he also contributes columns to international ‘zines and hosts his own tutorial series.
He owns and runs the boutique LP Studios in the Hollywood Hills when not out on tour and, as a self-described ‘band dude’ at heart, is always looking for the next collab…