Alright, scraping in at last minute for the last mix of the year!
For the featured artist of December please welcome to the stage Falqo.
This Sydney sider has handed us over the perfect mixtape to get you warmed up for the new year, or to get your house party started. Smooth, housey, upbeat, 90’s inspired, all the good stuff that you look for when you’re in the market for a new new years eve mixtape.
Alex (aka Falqo) started at a very young age, picking up trumpet and learning to read and write music at the age of 8. He mentioned to us earlier in the week that it wasn’t until his brother introduced him to the sounds of Fat Boy Slim that his direction really started to change. Skip forward to 2014 he launches his debut track ‘Feel Your Love’ and with the obsession now strong he continues to release ‘Never’, ‘Across the Sea’, ‘Someday’ and finally ‘Sleepy Crusader’ building a strong online following and an impressive streaming audience along the way.
Falqo has also been lucky enough to be apart of the work and growth of some very reputable Australian talents. Jumping in the studio with the likes of Jimmy & Hugo from Flight Facilities, Michael DiFrancesco (Touch Sensitive), Dennis Dowlut (Deutsche Duke) and also Lachlan West (The Vines / The Griswolds).
Ok, we, of course, wanted to throw some quick-fire Q’s at Alex to get to know him a little better. Check out the mixtape and his what he had to say to us below.
What have you went for & how have you chosen to use your 30 mins in this mix? The mix tape isn’t 90s house persae, but it just reminded me that particular period. It reminds me of a time when I was first getting into electronic music, an exciting time when everything was new and a bit of an adventure.
How long have you been doing what you do?
I learnt to read and write music when I was 8 years old on the trumpet at primary school. I have always been playing with keyboards that my family had lying around since I can remember. It wasn’t until my older brother Jeremy, who was big into the nightclub scene introduced me to a Fatboy Slim DVD (Big Beach Boutique) and that was where my love for DJ’ing and performing really kicked off. I was 17 when I bought my first pair of turntables and a demo of Ableton Live.
What swung you into electronic music?
I have 2 older sisters and an older brother who were veterans on the club circuit in Sydney. I spent the school holidays by the pool listening to the music of my siblings (as I wasn’t old enough to club yet) An array of Hed Kandi, Ministry Of Sound Chill Out Sessions and also a collection of dusty records that belonged to my parents from the 60’s through to the 80’s was where I found my roots. The names that really stand out from these memories would be Kings Of Tomorrow, Daft Punk, Fatboy Slim, Crazy Penis, Elton John & Phil Collins.
How do you best describe your sound?
This is a tough question, I take inspiration from so many different artists, themes, movies, genres and time periods so if I’m trying to create any sound it would be a sound to make people feel good. I don’t know if I actually have a sound yet, maybe my debut album in 2018 will tell.
What’s the game plan for the new 2017?
Early 2018 I’ll be moving to a farm near Forster NSW. I’ll be making music up there while looking after some farm animals and also the never ending tasks of farm upkeep.
What’s coming up?
I am releasing my debut album.
Writing music on the farm.
I’m in talks with the dudes (management) about an Australian Tour.
Maybe a graphic novel later in the year with a soundtrack to accompany, I love story telling, animation & comics etc.
Writing more music.
The whole Aussie scene is growing by the min, so many gems out there now. So, if you could pick any other Aussie to collab with in 18, who would it be?
I recently met Daniel & Mok (Polographia) at the Sweat It Out xmas party and they were such nice dudes! Hopefully them!
& what about one hot tip, one act you think is about to pop & will be the next big thing?
Price Johnson! Girl can sing!!!
Lastly, hope this is not too personal, but if you had to pick one, avo’s or mangoes for rest of your life where would your allegiance lay?
This is so personal… I eat avocado’s every day, they’re home to me.