New York's shapeshifter on the peaks and troughs of a decade in the business.
FaltyDL is one of New York's most prolific producers, and, stylistically, one of the hardest to pin down. "Someone once said I was a 'house-adjacent producer,'" he joked with RA staff writer Max Pearl earlier this summer, sitting by the piano in his darkened home studio in Brooklyn. "I'm easily influenced by what I'm listening to, but I don't actually make good copies of that—it all ends up coming out a bit weird. I think once you realize that's actually a strength, then it's something you can listen to and accentuate."
The New England native, real name Drew Lustman, has switched his sound up intuitively over the course of 12 years, five albums and something like 40 EPs. Though he rose to prominence as an American advocate for UK styles like 2-step and dubstep, his discography ranges from insane breakcore experiments to abstract orchestral pop. With an impressive knack for songwriting and a seemingly endless reserve of fresh ideas, he's managed to place himself in a category beyond more functional dance floor producers.
In 2015, he put out Elysia Crampton's first album, American Drift, and she's since become a groundbreaking experimental artist. Right now, Lustman's working as an executive producer on an album with the rapper Mykki Blanco, while continuing to unearth crucial new artists with his label. During an hour-long interview at home, he spoke to RA about how to create a sustainable, long-lasting career as an artist while also keeping things fresh for yourself and your fans.