Thursday, July 5, 2012

Let's Hope the Speakers Don't Falter When This Guy Plays!

Falter aka Tj Najam is originally from West Palm Beach, Florida  (my home town), but he has lived in London for most of his life. I recently caught up with him to hear more of his story.

I've been producing for about four years now. I started out producing house but I always loved Drum and Bass, so I decided to give that a try.  I was introduced to Dubstep around the same time. I ran with Dubstep for quite awhile and now I'm getting back into Deep/Funky House quite a bit. I  generally produce whatever I feel like at the time. Maybe some Hip Hop beats or some Garage for fun. I think it's helped me a lot to keep switching things up. You can transplant ideas you learn from one genre's techniques into another and come out with some cool results. Most importantly, it keeps it fresh and fun.

It's tough to really say. So many things shape a person's musical taste that it's quite hard to narrow it down to just a few. I used to love Metal when I was younger, so that probably pushed me more towards the dark and heavy Drum and Bass and Dubstep. But I've always liked Funk and Hip Hop as well, so that comes through in the more upbeat  House stuff I write. My mate, Benson, is a sick producer and having him around and hearing the stuff he's putting out has definitely driven me to push myself a little bit harder too. So, big ups to Benson. He produces under the names Buzzlin and Voyeur, with another mate, Leo. They're putting out some serious tunes, so give them a check if you like House.

Right now, I'm all over the place. I am working on a few House tracks. I am also getting a few tunes together for a Drum and Bass release and working on some Hip Hop beats for a few artists. I have been spending most of my time mixing and emptying my wallet on new vinyl recently. Ha ha! It's a dangerous hobby.

I had my first couple of releases go out in the past few months and they've been pretty well received which I'm really happy about. I guess I just hope to keep pushing out tunes and seeing where things go. I try not to get ahead of myself. I produce because it's a lot of fun and it's one of the few things that you can do solely for yourself. I spend so much time interacting with other people,  given how easy it is to communicate these days, and it's quite therapeutic to just lock yourself off in your room and create something. If people end up liking the final product, then that's a bonus!

For more on Falter, click on the links below. You can also check out one of his recent releases on Beatport "Falter - Creep"

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