Troy Probst AKA Filibusta is putting out some seriously funky glitch dance vibes as of late. This was especially apparent during his set at Sonic Bloom. We met up while he was in our beautiful state to chat. From tearing up the festival scene with his organic collaborations to creating a marriage of funk and electronic, Filibusta, continues to pump his sound with bigger and more soulful fun.

SIA: You’ve come a long way musically and now have crowds coming to see your shows all across the country. What have been some highlights along the way?

Filibusta: Honestly, last year at Summer Camp and Lightning in a Bottle…which I played the same weekend. That was the first time playing major festivals and when I played LIB and I was the first set of the whole festival and a bunch of people showed up. It was so hot but people showed up and started getting down. Then at Summer Camp I played in the Vibe tent Sunday during the day and it was just packed. It was definitely a highlight. Even this year I had the Sunsquabi boys join me and we played two sets with a live band which we just put a recap video out of. They’re both really good. Big crowds and people that are actually showing up to see me play rather than just walking by and finding me sticks with you.

When did you first realize music was more than a hobby and was there a certain event that pushed you to get serious?

My senior year in college, I got a degree in business administration and I felt like I needed to find a hobby. It sounded boring sitting in a cubicle all day. I got senioritis really bad and realized ‘I don’t want to do this’. I had been producing but I wasn’t really taking it too seriously. I was making tracks and that was around the same time that electronic music just started booming. It started making sense for me to grind a little bit and see what I could do with it.

Who has been your one of your favorite artists to collaborate with?

 

I would have to say my guitarist Goodness Gracious. We’re going to be working on the next two albums of our volumes of Set Lasers To Funk. I love the way he plays guitar and he is a producer as well.

It flows really well when we sit in the studio. I also did one collab with this dude in New York, Passio, we did the ‘Wild Wild West’ track and that was kind of a turning point of the next direction I wanted to take my music in. I started out doing glitch hop and dubstep but I really didn’t have a direction I wanted to go into. Then I put out What’s Trappin’ album and that was just something I was trying to out more as an exploration of “If you like this…..Then why don’t you check out this other stuff”

What’s your favorite childhood memory involving music? Was there inspiration from the family or a musician that you listened to early on?

My sisters would always be playing on the piano and I never took lessons. I self taught myself, I would watch them and then just go down and bang on some keys. We have this big piano still at our house and every time I go home I’ll go down and start playing on it. Stuff starts coming back to me that I used to play when I was younger.

It’s apparent that funk is a deep love of yours. Why don’t you tell me a little bit about the beginning of that love and how that’s developed with your creation and production of your own music?

In high school I was in bands and when I went to college it was damn near impossible to find committed members of bands. It was something I put on the back burner and then I stumbled into music production. Basically Lettuce is my favorite band and I wanted to bridge that gap in between electronic music and what they do. To me… funk is dancey. The swing of everything….

I feel like the two crowds between your traditional band and electronic music is so divided. I’d like to bridge that gap and bring everyone together

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What programs do you favor for producing? Do you like playing live from Ableton or do you use cdjs/other mixing programs to play live?

I produce in Ableton. I use Traktor to DJ but I’ll play keyboard and Ableton is running in the background. That’s how I use all my instruments. An anology I always use is you cook in the kitchen, you watch tv in the living room, and your sleep in your bed. Those are all divided. I produce in Ableton but I don’t want to DJ with it. Maybe further down the line I’ll start but right now I prefer Traktor.

Does you master your own tracks?

Yep, I went to Dubspot online and pretty much just learned everything that I could. One of the courses was mixing and mastering and it just really came to me. Even halfway through that course I was really starting to develop an ear for it .

Do you feel your style and focus has shifted along your journey?

Yes absolutely. Like I said I started out doing glitch and dubstep and further down the line did trap.

I’m still trying to do the glitch and dubby stuff but I want to keep it melodic. I’m not trying to make noise, I’m trying to make music.

It definitely has shifted which is cool because I feel like if I tried to do funk three years ago when I did my first album it wouldn’t be that good. I’ve definitely progressed as a producer and that’s something I’m super proud of….being able to start a track and go in and really finish it within a couple days.

What can we expect up next from you?

Set Lasers to Funk, a three volume set. Volume 2 will come out end of the summer into the fall. Three hopefully by the beginning of the year.

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