Interview : Flight Facilities

 

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Flight Facilities are amazing. Fact. Whether you believe all the stories surrounding their identities is up to you. It’s their music that does the talking for them anyway…. We’ve been fans of them ever since we heard their remix of The Lowbrows and they’ve continued to up their game ever since. This month will see the release of their debut track ‘Crave You’ (more about that in a bit). We had a chance to inteview them.. go on, have a read.

Who are Flight Facilities?
Some speculate that we’re just 2 Australian guys but we all know that’s a lie. We’re clearly a Backstreet Boy and a British Comedian, currently residing in Trinidad & Tobago. We knew that whole “Australian guys” thing wasn’t believable from the start so we decided to be honest and just let everyone know that we’re 100% from the Caribbean.

No, really. Who are who Flight Facilties?
Ahh, okay. Fine….. I AM SPARTICUS!

How did you guys meet?
Well somebody found out about our rendezvous at the Holy Ghost! concert and spread that as our first encounter – but – before this we unknowingly fought side by side in the Grenada war……. we may have also bumped into each other in a few nightclubs before that. Not as exciting huh?

Who are your influences?
The Bang Gang dudes, Aeroplane, Daft Punk (apply to everyone), ELO, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Chic and many many more. One of us owned the “Smurfs Go Pop” album. We’re pretty sure that contributed to a big part of our sound. If only that “Smurfs Go Pop” joke was a lie… Look it up. Completely serious.

There was some mystery of your indenties, mainly from our blog, how did you feel when some people didn’t ‘get it’ ?
When people ‘didn’t get it’ and spread the fire that we were who you said – it was awesome. When people decided to spread who we actually were to flex their Sherlock skills it was lame. Oh so lame. So now some people know and we don’t particularly care but to be honest, it’s just not that interesting. We’d rather 10,000 people spread a different lie because it’s actually way more fun to read about. If a Lucidor took off his mask and turned out to be Bob Saget, it just might ruin a friendly mental association you once had. We suppose some people just like to know. Whatever floats your boat…

You’ve recieved alot of attention over your remixes, in very quick time, how did you feel about this?
To be honest, we didn’t expect it at all. We sit in front of them for so long that we grow to hate them and we think that we’ll receive little, to no, reaction. We just got really lucky in terms of place and time. There are so many people that are making incredible music every day and they just don’t have the exposure. We’ve been extremely fortunate to have Bang Gang as a forum to release our work not to mention the constant support from you guys and the Aeroplane dudes. We were such huge fans of theirs and when they decided to play our Lowbrows mix it was a dream come true.

Crave you also got hyped really quickly, even featuring on Perez Hilton’s blog, what did you make of this?
We bought new underwear first because we were wondering how we were going to keep the song interesting for two months when no one was allowed to have it. We’re hoping the remixes will solve that. We more or less set out to make a pop song so it’s a good thing, right? We just didn’t think it was that poppy when we finished it. Like all our work, it was the child we grew to despise and longed to kick out of home. Hopefully we don’t end up like internet child stars and get hyped to the max within a year and disappear into drugs and obscurity and internet celebrity poker matches. Either way it’s great exposure and we’re really happy about it. We recently found out we owe a big thanks to Yelle on this one.

Do you think Perez blogged you because of the Lance Bass rumour?
We hadn’t even thought about it!? Now that you mention it – most likely. He does have a tendency to blog about Rhianna and Pink and Chris Brown etc. Maybe we slipped through the cracks on account of the lie? Which it totally isn’t.

He’s a gigantic prick, don’t you think?
We heard he’s gay and he called someone a faggot in public but that’s about it. We don’t know all that much about him. He’s done us a huge favour so perhaps we should restrain from trying to find reasons to hate him. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

Lots of cool dudes are working on Crave You, including your heroes Aeroplane, have you achieved everything you want to achieve too early? Where now?
Well hopefully Aeroplane have done something by the time this comes out. If not, they’re busy guys and such is life. You can’t always get what you want. They’re the nicest guys in ‘Insert Genre Here’ music and they’ve been such a huge help. If the planets aligned and we somehow end up with a mix from them, then yes, we will have achieved almost everything SO much sooner than we could have hope for. We just have to keep working hard and appreciate everything we have because it’s one of those businesses where you wake up and no one likes your music anymore and the rug has been pulled out from underneath you.

What are your plans for the year? More releases, remixes?
We’ve started work on a remix for fellow label friends Like Woah! We can’t wait to finish that mix. It’s a bit tongue in cheek and just fun more than anything. We think that arrives around June? Other than that we’re doing a remix for Mr James Curd and The C90s. Amongst the remixes, we’ll be working on a second original which will be featuring Louie Austen. We worked with him on the Bag Raiders cover we did and he was great. Such an incredible singer and he nailed the song right away. He’s really easy to work with so we feel extremely lucky again to be able to collaborate with someone who has a huge reputation already.

What would you prefer, a spy car that flies or a spy car that goes underwater?
Flies! Oh my god! One that flies for sure. We were sitting in terrible traffic yesterday and one of us even said “F**k I wish my car could fly”. That question was extremely topical and relevant to us right now. We feel very strongly about inventing a flying car. If you have any further information on where to get a ’93 Golf Cabriolet converted to a plane – email us!

You are really Nick Littlemore, aren’t you?
Dammit.

That concludes our interview with Flight Facilities.

Now for some words on their debut release, ‘Crave You’ which features beautiful vocals from Giselle (watch out for her, seriously stardom awaits). Actually… who needs words? A graph will suffice.

‘Crave You’ is going to be backed with the most scary of remix package in the history of music. The main vinyl release will have a clubbier self-remix from the boys themselves, a chilled out groovy-type of mix from An-2 and this fantastic slow building monster of a mix from the oh-so superb C90s.

Flight Facilities – Crave You ft. Giselle (The C90s Remix) [M]

Crave You drops on Bang Gang March 26th. Be sure to part with $$$.
Expect a few more awesome remixes to be on the digital release too.

And finally….
They dropped over this gorgeous mixtape too… it’s good, real good. Not really a shock, the last one they did was pretty amazing.

Flight Facilities – Mid Flight Mixtape [Download]

Tracklisting
1. Flight Facilities – Intro
2. Theme From Palermo Disco Machine
3. Elvis Presley – Crawfish (Pilooski Edit)
4. Andre Kraml – Safari
5. Tough Alliance – A New Chance (Mungolian Jetset Remix)
6. Q&A – Tumbling Cubes
7. Canyons – More Champagne?
8. Omar ft. Stevie Wonder – Feelin’ You (Henrik Schwarz Mix)
9. Tensnake – Coma Cat
10. The Delicate Genius – Mz Honda Bassline
11. Powerworks – Body Works
12. The Swiss – Bubblebath (Knightlife Remix)
13. Wareika – Mountain Ride
14. Flight Facilities – Crave You (Lewie Day’s Private Dub)
15. Classixx – I’ll Get You ft. Jeppe (Lightyear’s ‘Do You REALLY Like Bass Remix)
16. Popular Computer – Otaku
17. Polargeist – Home From The Can (Bang Gang Remix)
18. San Serac – Music Never Ends (Morgan Geist M’s Music Mix)
19. Whomadewho – I Lost My Voice (Moulinex Remix)
20. Infusion – Try It On

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