What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?
My Moog Sub Phatty.
How did you come across this particular item?
It was gifted to me by a good friend actually. He had it sitting around gathering dust for a year beforehand, and at that time I was in the process of figuring out how I wanted to represent my sound live – I basically gave it a welcome home on stage and it’s been with me ever since.
(Suss out Luboku’s Sub Phatty in action below)
What is it that you like about it so much?
I love its simplicity! It’s a two oscillator monophonic synth, with essentially limited routing. It makes you think a lot more carefully about how you sculpt the sound, and often you’ll come up with stuff that surprises you, which always leads to great ideas.
How do you use it and how has it shaped the way you write music?
Being a Moog monophonic synth, it’s best suited for bass parts in my opinion. So far, it’s played a crucial role in every track I’ve put out. The sounds that you can get through an analogue synth seem to fit every track without much effort. If I try to create that sound digitally sometimes you can be wasting time for hours. So in that sense it’s a massive time saver.
Plus, having a synth that I can manipulate and play around with tactilely has allowed me freedom to improvise and create parts with a bit more intrigue.
Tell us a little about what you have coming up?
I’ve just dropped a new EP and in April I’ll be heading out on my first tour in over a year – playing shows in Melbourne and Sydney. I’ve got big plans to release quite a lot of music this year and I’m excited for people to hear everything I’m currently sitting on!
Listen to Luboku’s new EP here, and head to his website for tour information and tickets.