Colorado – All right my party people, time to get your weekend started with some smooth, smooth electronic funk music. I had the pleasure of chatting with Minneapolis producer and artist Falcon Punch. I’ve written a couple of posts on him already but he’s been on hiatus for roughly a year and he’s back with his newest track “Cream”, which was in the inaugural edition of All Good Records’ Freshly Baked series.
Unlike other interviews, I’d rather present Falcon Punch to all of you instead of just writing out our conversation. So let’s begin:
Avery Henderson makes some of the grooviest and smoothest tunes you’ll find – and hopefully as you can hear from his newest release “Cream”. Hailing from Minneapolis, one of the best scenes for music, Henderson was a huge Prince fan and has been playing music ever since he was just a boy. Even better, he was in a punk rock band in high school.
In 2008, Henderson moved to California to study at a university and that’s when he became more exposed to the nu disco/dance scene. One of Henderson’s biggest influences was Aeroplane, a Belgian nu disco producer, and you can definitely hear how Henderson draws the same clean cut yet synthy sounds from Aeroplane. In his junior year of college, he studied abroad in Amsterdam and also when he edited a 70s disco song and birthed the identity of Falcon Punch. Why the name Falcon Punch, you might ask. I did ask. And the answer was really quite simple and honest: It’s a pretty well-known phrase, especially if you’ve even heard of Super Smash Brothers. And in my opinion, I kind of thought there’s some correlation between his producer name and the actual phrase. A lot of Henderson’s music is like nostalgia revamped. There’s a lot of familiarity in his music, whether it be his originals or his remixes, but he does an excellent job of keeping what’s essential but still puts out great, new music.
As I mentioned before, I’ve already written a couple posts on his music, and when I was looking through my old posts, I noticed that Henderson remixes a variety of artists, ranging from Trails and Ways to Holy Models. So what makes him want to remix a track? Good vocals and music that isn’t extremely heavy on the smooth electronica sound. Take a listen to some of his old remixes here:
So what’s up with Falcon Punch? “Cream” is the first single he’s released in roughly a year. Over the last year, Henderson has been busy with his own startup but realizing that he has a lot of unreleased material, he’s back in the music biz. If you’re really digging “Cream”, no worries because Falcon Punch is coming back hard this year. He’ll be releasing a Beat Connection remix soon and on Monday, he’ll be sharing new release Higher via Noon Pacific. It’ll be his first song that he wrote completely by himself, featuring some guest vocals from Wild & Free. Definitely be on the lookout this year!
Avery was also kind enough to share with me his top 10 tunes. I’m definitely feeling the HONNE and The Avalanches picks on this one, and obviously Hall & Oates and Air France are simple classics. There’s definitely a good mix in here so take a listen:
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