FreeFall’s journey from guitar player to house music slinger has seen him take a long snaking path of tangential musical inspirations. His love of rock music saw him gravitate towards the brash and upfront sound of dubstep early on but he quickly found himself inching towards something with a little bit more funk. Armed with the knowledge of his previous musical endeavors he combined his knowledge of crafting otherworldly space bass with a mature club-ready sophistication and thus the FreeFall sound was born. The consistency of his sub shattering releases have earned him a rock solid reputation amongst major artists with heavy support coming in from the likes of Oliver Heldens, Don Diablo and Maala to name a few. His work has appeared as a party of the prestigious Discovery Project Releases series presented by Insomniac Events, Audiophile Music Group and Nite Records. And as a pivotal member of the Texas based Audiophile family of labels has been instrumental in the success of the fast rising imprint. FreeFall’s demand only rises with each release. Having worked crowds into a sweaty heaving frenzy for promoters like Insomniac, Space Yacht and Epic. He has blessed the decks at many clubs around the U.S. and festivals such as EDC, Nocturnal, Countdown, and more.
We caught up with FreeFall to talk to him about his new release ‘Losing Control’ feat. vocals from Owl Green & Savannah Low!
As always James, great to have you back on Audiophile XXL. Let me hit you with this. Did you know you are now the 2nd most released Audiophile XXL artist with this EP?
Wow, I knew I had released a lot with you all, but never knew it was that high up. Got to love the family at Audiophile for the hardwork and dedication you all put into each release.
Let’s talk about the new EP. This one has a lot of feels to it both musically and lyrically.
Yeah, I went through a very rough patch of my life last year. I was dating someone who broke me down to the lowest I had ever been and just used me, eventually I had a mental break and just lost it all. It was one of the scariest moments of my life, waking up realizing you don’t want to carry on anymore and that you would do whatever it takes to do that. I barely made any music the end of last year except for these couple of songs, which I held onto tightly as if they were my children. Through music and really putting my head down and continuing to work on To U/ Losing Control I was able to reconnect with what I truly loved in my life and rekindle a spark of hope and creativity. To U was made right before my set at EDC 2017 last year and I still remember being so excited after writing the lyrics and sending them to Savannah. I knew she was going to absolutely kill the vibe I was trying to convey. Chris (owl Green) was my room mate when I lived back in Menlo Park, which made the vocal process so easy and fast. I remember the first time he came into my room to sing/rap what he had wrote and upon hearing it I immediately knew that Losing Control/ and To U were going to be a perfect fit for my EP. They were perfect for describing the journey I had to take to get my mind back on track.
I feel that man. It’s always good to express your emotions thru your craft as a release instead of the alternatives. I feel like Savannah Low has a real knack of translating that into her lyrics and her voice.
Ya man! She really has the dynamic range to hit you with that emotion. The way she sort of crescendos that energy through the song. Its crazy how visual it is. Like in the first half of the song the vocals being softer really show the bad parts I was going through, but as the song energy picks up and you hear her vocals rise in emotion its like I’m brought back to the first day I really felt out of the shit. Its a true musical journey showcasing the emotions of somebody losing their mind and coming back thru something they love doing.
Let’s lighten the mood with some rapid fire. Pineapple on of off pizza?
In the words of Gordon Ramsey, pineapple belongs nowhere near pizza. Tbh it doesnt belong anywhere near my mouth. Pineapple and I are on “fight upon sight” terms.
OE or 20/20?
Haha no man, Colt45 all day.
Steph Curry or Kevin Durant?
I think its hard to choose one player on that team since they play so well together as a team, but im going to have to stay faithful to the long time player and say Steph Curry. Although the addition of Durant is like the gourmet icing on top of the cake. Also shoutout to my boy Mcgee!
And finally, where can we see FreeFall playing in the near future?
I’lll be back at EDC with the Cats & Boots records fam again this year!! Going to be insane running into all the family and friends I made the last year. Other than that I will be playing the Beat Lab Radio 4 year anniversary show in Portland towards the end of June!!