Honestly, we don’t even know how to start this! Ok, we have to do it!
A couple days ago we sent an email to Mr M Bison and Calvin Harris aka Flight Facilities asking them if they would concede us an interview! After only 10 minutes they answered us saying it would be a pleasure. As you can imagine it’s like a dream come true! They have been by far one of the best producers around the globe. Since 2009 they have been spreading high flights and moments of happiness. After remixing Bag Raiders’ “Turbo Love”, The Lowbrows’ “Dream In The Desert” and Toecutter’s “Best Party Ever”, they came into their own with “Crave You” which quickly became worldwide recognized. Of course everybody loves this track… maybe a lot of people were thinking that it was their only shot, but no! Last year they strike back with “Foreign Language”. Result. Another massive success!
Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome aboard Flight Facilities Airlines! Flight No: FF 0752 to Sydney! Those of you who have flown with us before know that we do things a little differently around here, some times we’re serious, sometimes we tell jokes but hey before we take off fasten your seat belts and put your trays up cause we have a treat for you! Flight Facilities!!! ♥ ♥ ♥
GS: We’re sure you have been asked this a million times, but our readers would like to know, what’s behind your name?
FF: Well Flight Facilities was original a private charter jet company that operated in Australia by one of our grandfathers. It had the name, the logo, the aviation but not the music. That’s where we came in…. about 20 years later. We even wear the original pilots ties while we deejay. We’re very protective over them. Plus we have a few other pieces of original memorabilia like match boxes and business cards.
GS: Everyone already knows that you are true Aussies, you still keep on telling people you come from Tobago and Trinidad?
FF: There’s always a little fun in some mystery. We still don’t know why we chose Trinidad & Tobago. Partly because it’s fun to say, partly because it’s obscure and because you rarely hear of dance music acts from there. We’re happy to keep the charade up.
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GS: You had have the occasion to go live with your music, what is your gig to remember?
FF: We had an amazing gig in Koln, Germany last year. It was in an abandoned car yard and we were able to play a really different set. We’ve also been lucky enough to play next to Sydney Harbour at sunset. That was a festival names Harbour Life. It was pretty special to have the Opera House and Harbour Brige looking over us for that. It’s so hard to pick out just one gig though. Just last week we played on the beach in Perth right after Soul II Soul and before The Glimmers. That was surreal in itself.
GS: The best audience is in…
FF: It always varies. Europe has a very open minded scene. Copehagen has been great to us, so has Germany and Japan. But of course Australia are very supportive of us. We’d be in big trouble if they weren’t.
GS: By the way, what’s your fav airline? Have you ever been to Portugal?
FF: We should probably say our favourite airline is the original Flight Facilities airline. If it weren’t for them, we may not be doing what we’re doing now. We have flown many different airlines though. And yes, we’ve been to Lisbon but only for a day. Such a beautiful city but our crazy schedule didn’t allow us to spend more time there.
GS: We have heard that you are more than into stewardesses, confess, have you ever pretended to be a pilot to make out with one?
FF: No. But now that you mention it, it’s a great idea! We’re just afraid that if something goes wrong they’ll be asking us to fly everyone to safety.
GS: There’s been a lot lately with dubstep, kind of invasion really, what’s your opinion on it? Have you been tempted by it?
FF: We’ve said before that we just don’t get it. We don’t understand how you dance to it. We don’t understand the appeal of it. We don’t understand how it is commercially profitable. But maybe we’re out of touch? In any case we can say for certain that we’ll never be making any of it. But we are thrilled that the dubstep remix of Crave You has brought attention from those kind of listeners to our music. At the end of the day it’s all about taste, and taste is subjective and dubstep isn’t our thing.
GS: You have your own blog, do you usually visit music blogs to see what’s going on? Which ones are you on your top list?
FF: We like to read toomanysebastians. Ab Chan is a great writer and really amusing. He’s been an early supporter of our work and we’ve maintained our relationship. We’re also friends with Andrew from Stoney Roads. He’s always good at hitting the nerve and getting people talking about other music related stuff. Apart from this, we’ve become pretty hopeless blog readers. We’ve been stuck in the studio and in nightclubs. We should probably do a little more reading and research.
GS: Any new sounds you’ve been listening lately or any act to recommend?
FF: We saw Danny Daze deejaying the other night. It was a really enjoyable set and his music is unreal to listen to. He’s just done a remix for our next single too so he’s definitely one of the more recent acts that we’re big fans of.
GS: Your latest video is inspired in the 70’s movies, is going to be a sequel or you spent all your budget on this one?
FF: We’d love to have a sequel. Maybe we can get cameos in it too? We were saying we should do another video like that just so we can meet the girls in the cast. We know a few people who said they would watch the show if it existed.
GS: We’ve noticed that in your music you favor female lyrics, Is there a reason for leaving out male chorus lines?
FF: It just happens to be the way we’ve found vocalists. The next single is featuring a male vocalist and so will our collaboration with light year. Although we are working with even more female vocalists too. It’s nothing intentional. Sometimes it just suits the music more.
GS: What you are working on at the moment? New projects ahead? In that case, could you give us any hint of what we’ll find?
FF: We’re gearing up to release our next single named ‘With you feat. Grovesnor’. It’s all done and we’ve been sneaking it into some of our sets. We’ve also done some work with Light Year, John Paul Young, Elizabeth Rose and some other independent talent from New York. We’ve been very busy in the studio. Expect us to be releasing a lot more music this year.
1. Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place
2. MGMT – Congratulations (Erol Alkan Remix)
3. Wally Warning – Land Of Hunger (Todd Terje Edit)
4. Jamelia – Caribou
5. 123 Clap! – Constellation
6. Modern Amusement – Cold As Ice (louie Fresco Remix)
7. Flight Facilities – Foreign Language feat. Jess (Drop Out Orchestra Remix)
8. The Rolling Stones – Too Much Blood (Debonairs Too Much Dub)
9. Aeroplane – My Enemy
10. Das Moth – Moon
11. TC Crew – I Can’t Do It Alone (Eoin Cody edit)
12. Phonique feat. Erlend Oye – For The Time Being
13. Tortoiseshell – This Girl
14. Metronomy – The Bay
15. Cut Copy – Pharoahs & Pyramids
16. Emmanuel Jal – Kuar (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
17. Colors Sound System – Yeah Mate I Hate
18. Pogo – Upular Remix
19. Bocca Grande – Procedere 2011 (Morgan Geist)
20. ZZT – Zzafrika (Julio Bashmore Remix)
21. Penguin Prison – Fair Warning (Disco Bloodbath Remix)
22. Lazydisco – More Tigers (The C90s Remix)
23. Coatimundi – No More Blues
24. Holy Ghost! – Jam For Jerry
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