David Last is a musician and visual artist living in Brooklyn New York. With Sasha Kaline (Alka Rex), he is a founder of the Konque label and music project.
Tracks range from electronic dance music to cinematic orchestral ambience depending on the setting. This is not surprising, as he has been creating music for a variety of venues; the dancefloor, Imax film, video installation, childrens’ animation, and albums. As a result of a broad curiosity about music, each project is considered anew as its own sonic world.
Electronic tracks often employ a wide range of clipped and manipulated sounds, placed with rhythmic precision. But avoiding bloodless technical exercise, the spirit of the music has that "f@ck-all let's rock it any old way that feels good" attitude that prevailed back in 70s and 80s NYC; when disco, hip hop, punk rock, and pop music could be found freely intermixing without shame. An offbeat sense of humor is also present, keeping it surprising and uplifting.
David's tracks are currently released in a variety of contexts with labels like Staubgold (Berlin), Konque (NYC), and Foundsound/Unfoundsound (Berlin). He has remixed for many others including François K’s WaveTec label (NYC), indie psych-rock label The Social Registry (NYC) and Audio.NL (Rotterdam). His downtempo full-length CD "The Push Pull" is now in its second printing with The Agriculture (NYC), having gained respect from tough critics like pitchforkmedia, and generating a sizable cult following. International projects further afield of dance music have included the performance of a commissioned soundtrack for a cavern in Japan, the soundtrack to a computer animated Imax film about talking atoms, and a video/music installation in Amsterdam.
"Musically Massive," a 2009 CD release with ragga vocalist MC ZULU was a critically acclaimed departure from previous instrumental endeavors. David has also been collaborating with Japanese tech-house producer Segeke on a project called Pocket Pet. Pocket Pet has hit dancefloors with EPs on Goosehound (NYC) and Geometric Deck (Osaka). His drumming with live bands Solids and Dub Amp round out his collaborations with other musicians.
Besides music releases, he creates visual artwork with odd abstract cartoon characters. His artwork has appeared on packaging for music and in animated tv-show intros for MTV-Japan. His handmade books have been shown at the Metropolitan Museum and bought by MOMA. In his spare time he creates a limited edition series of illustrated sneakers, and other artworks.