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Staying In with Guy Louis Faletolu
Words by Francis Tait
Thursday 11th June, 2020
Now a few months into life In lockdown, we’ve taken a moment to check in on some of our favourite locals to find out how they’re spending their time in isolation.

Any normal week, the work of Guy Louis Faletolu AKA @soundguyguy would be oozing impeccably out of front of house speakers and reverberating around a Melbourne dive bar or washing over a festival crowd. Considering you haven’t seen him behind a sound desk for a while, we thought we’d touch base and see how he’s been spending his time.
In the midst of lockdown, here's what Guy has been up to.

What are you reading?

A friend just lent me Hold Tight by Jeffrey Boakye and I loved it. It’s a really fun and meaningful read about grime and British youth written over 60 different songs and describing their contribution to modern culture.

What are you watching?

I’ve personally just started watching Sense 8, though I live with 2 film buffs so I feel lucky to have lots of great films at recommendation. My current short list for films are:
Funky Forest: The First Encounter


In The Mood For Love

Head On


What are you listening to?

I’ve been spending the quar binging a lot of NTS, Pretend Radio and PBS/RRR. At the moment I really love LOL Beslutning, Virtual Shadow Ensemble and the new Sleaford Mods compilation. I could write a whole new article on the amount of mind blowing local material coming out at the moment.
Anything happening in the kitchen?
I’m cooking obsessed at the moment, I’ve been baking a lot and cooking lots of long dishes for the housemates (shout out to Ella who managed to get a hold of a supply of instant yeast for me when supermarket shelves were bare). I made a great big pot of borscht the other week and had a good crack at croissants just recently. I've been wanting to make some of my childhood favourite pani popo next.
What’s keeping you busy?
Exercise and cooking are really holding me together at the moment. Outside of that I’m doing deliveries for Sound School library, picking up where I left off from the upcoming FAMILI project and keeping been busy with mixing and mastering from home which I feel very lucky to still have now that gigs are gone. I also just put out a free sample pack a little while ago and I’m currently pitching a radio segment for Pretend Radio. Also Animal Crossing, if any of you have any great turnip prices please let me know, I can trade you some cool furniture.

Anything you’re doing differently?
I’m dressing up at home a lot when I have something to work on, I find the routine of cleaning and putting on a great outfit before starting work really helps to stay positive and productive. I think for a lot of us it’s very easy to swing between being strikingly productive and struggling to get out of bed at all, I feel like outfit choices really help curate what you want to do with your day a little better whilst being easy on yourself. Remember to put some shoes on in the morning friends.

What’s the worst isolation idea you’ve had so far?
I spent the whole day on a pork stock that I absent mindedly strained down the sink leaving me with only bones and mushy veggies. It’s been weeks and I’m still sore about it.

What’s something keeping you inspired?
Probably running at the moment, I love it and it’s sort of like my daily meditation and exercise all in one. Also seeing friends perform on platforms like Iso-laid and seeing the music and tech/av community keep such positivity and drive in a time like this is very reassuring.

I also want to remind everyone that if you can’t support the community through buying artist’s products you can also help by reaching out to them - as well techs, security, bar staff, cleaners, venue mgmt and a huge amount of industry backbone that are struggling at the moment, please also support BIPOC businesses where you can as well. I’m in awe of the amount of support people are offering each other at the moment and hope that continues on as the industry slowly rebuilds to a (hopefully) better place.
Once the world starts gigging again, you can catch Guy behind a mixing desk around Melbourne. Until then you'll find him at @soundguyguy.