First off, I just want to let you guys know that London is starting to get really excited about Flying Circus coming to town.
Yeah I’ve been watching all the movement and flyers on facebook. We’re very excited about it.
Okay cool, so you guys have been doing your Audiofly thing for over 10 years now..
Actually it’s 10 years this year, we’re going to celebrate it properly later in 2011. We’ll be doing something special for that, we’re not sure of the details yet but the plans have started and we’re thinking about how to launch the idea.
So yeah, a decade together. How do you manage to keep it constantly fresh?
It’s one of the most difficult parts of the job. For us it’s all about challenging ourselves all the time. Sometimes Anthony will come to me with an idea, or I’ll bring something to the table and we’ll try it out and see how it works. It could be a musical idea or it could be an idea for a party, or for the label. I mean, there being two of us, it’s hard to have the same ideas all of the time, or to agree, so we work together and make sure that the egos stay out of it. I mean, the secret behind being a duo is really to keep the egos in check, to let the other one breathe and think and be creative, as much as you might want to lead and be involved.
Right, a certain level of respect must be maintained for the other’s input in order for things to work. And I guess that comes with being great friends as well as colleagues.
Exactly. I mean what we did a couple of years back is we decided that whatever happened with our careers and this project, we were going to ensure that the friendship remained intact. So if something comes along that we find is starting to affect the friendship, we try to take and step back and reassess the situation. Like, what do we want to do with this? You know. It’s about keeping the respect personal, not professional, which is probably what has kept us working together for so long. It has been very difficult though; Anthony and I are both virgos, so we’re both very strong characters – so when something doesn’t go well it’s important to take a bit of time sorting the issue out properly.
Your main focus in recent times seems to have been the Flying Circus parties. How did that project first come about?
Well it basically started when we were offered to put on a party in Miami four years ago, I remember it was January we were in this hotel room in Toronto and this guy, Diego Martinelli from Miami offered us the chance to put our own party together, to choose the best line-up we could, so we jumped at the chance and accepted. We were getting really excited about it but we needed a name to get on the promotion right away. At the time we were doing this radio show called ‘Flying Circus’ on Proton Radio and we thought that the name really fitted with what we were doing at the time with Audiofly and with the concept we had planned for the party. So we went with the name and within 48 hours we had a lot of our friends wanting to play for us and in the end we put on a great first party. So the year after we did it again and then we were offered to put it on elsewhere and so on, it just grew from there. We were lucky enough to have that first chance in Miami on Nikki Beach and to put a great party together. It was a real blessing, we’d been waiting to do something like this for a long time but were just waiting and hoping for the right opportunity.
Right, it just happened to develop in of itself, that’s cool.
Yeah really organic. The concept behind Flying Circus is just to play with some of our good friends from the scene, people we know, people we feel musically and have a connection with and that makes for a much better party. You know, when Djs play together they are always influenced by each others styles and sounds, so that was the ethos, to make sure that everybody felt comfortable behind the decks and were playing to a crowd of people on the same level, that understand. Looking forward to the next event, I mean, we both grew up in London – well Anthony grew up in London and I grew up in Italy – but musically I feel I grew up in London and finally to have the chance to bring the party home is a dream come true.
Yeah, I’m telling you, we cannot wait. It’s going to be an awesome event. Actually, I was hoping you could tell us a bit more about what is the concept behind each individual Flying Circus in terms of selecting the venue and the artists?
Well, basically for a rich city it’s a different concept, because what we try to do is to find a venue that hasn’t been used before in terms of house music events. That’s why we throw all the beach parties when we can. So in places like London and New York we try and find spaces that aren’t clubs as such, but exhibition spaces, where you can be a bit more eclectic with the planning. With the beach parties, we always try to find something that really reflects that whole daytime, hedonistic, spiritual vibe. And we try to follow those guidelines with the urban events as much as possible.
And what about incorporating some actual circus into the Flying Circus events?
You know what, we have indeed. In fact we’re trying to, as we speak, team up with some circuses to use their tents after they’ve finished their spectacles and maybe keep the tents up for one or two days so we can get in there and throw a party. People are looking into it and if it’s possible, you guys will be one of the first ones to know about it. We’re looking into spaces in Europe and especially South America. If it happens, it’ll be amazing (laughs).
Actually funnily enough I’m here with my South American boy at the moment because we’ve just finished three Flying Circuses – one in Panama, one in Mexico City and we just did one very special party in Ilitla which is in the middle of nowhere here in Mexico, in the rainforest. It was an invite only event, for a hundred or so people in the middle of this garden from Edward James. People drove ten hours to get to the party and it was insane, right through the night until 9am in the morning. We finished that and we went to the Edward James castle here in Ilitla and stayed for a few hours and swam in the waterfalls, it was mad.
So the parties are going pretty well and have been for a while now. Could you shed some light on what you think the essential ingredients are in this game?
I’d say attention to detail has to be one of the most important. Prior to setting the party up you need to make sure you have a great team of people around, people that understand the concept and can put your ideas into action. It’s basically a matter of talking about what we want together as a team, about choosing the line-up and the soundsystem, thinking about the kind of people we’re looking to attract and thinking about what we as people love and respect about other parties around the world. We try and stay a step ahead and ensure that we bring a bit of our own characters to every event. It’s about being meticulous with the detail, about being as careful and diligent as possible.
Sounds right on the money. So then, June 4th you arrive in London. Can you tell us a little of what to expect? Anything extra-special for the homecoming gig?
We’re really going to think about the space and how we’re going to set things up at the party. We’re thinking we might take it back to the old-skool, back to when we were just starting up in London. We’ll be playing a lot of old tracks and tracks that people have real connections with from moments in the past. Lee Curtiss will be making a special appearance, who, as one of the Visionquest guys, is one of the most talked about and talented artists on the circuit right now. Also, we’re bringing Carola Pisaturo from Naples for his first ever show London show. He’s a great DJ who’s the nest generation behind Davide Squillace and Marco Carola, bringing that great Italian techno flavour to the decks. And, of course, as we try to at every party, we’ll be there on the dancefloor, talking to everybody, connecting with the crowd as much as possible.
(Laughs) You guys don’t worry about that, we’ll take care of the dancefloor. That’s great though, because that’s exactly what London is about at the moment, fusing the old skool with the newer sounds. Londoners go mad for it. Seriously there is a real passion for that old skool house sound at the minute and not enough of it about. So for you guys to come and bring that for your Flying Circus party, it’s going to be memorable, I guarantee that.
Well you know, the best thing about this is that because of our heritage in the city we know so many people. And all these people will come and support us and so there is going to be this great, vibrant mixture between the newcomers, the Flying Circus débutantes and the veterans, that really know what we’re about as people, as promoters and musicians. The atmosphere is going to be electric – I’m sure it’s going to be very special and hopefully one that people will be talking about for a long time. Fingers crossed (laughs).
It going to get emotional in there, no doubt about it. So looking slightly ahead, what does the summer hold for Audiofly?
Well we’ve just had an album out, released in mid May – Follow My Liebe – which is doing really well, people are appreciating the music and the effort we put into it, it was seriously hard work. We’re launching a new label as well, in the next month or so, called Maison d’Etre which is going to be a label strictly pushing our early morning sound, from 4am until the early hours. It’ll be a bit tougher than Supernature and we’re going to keep it super underground, not have too many releases – really try to be selective with what we put out. We’re going to ask producers that we admire to think about the concept when they’re making the tracks for us, then we’re going to play the records out for a few months and then release them, in order to build interest in the sounds. And of course, Flying Circus – we have so many shows confirmed, so many things things to do. Right after London we’re presenting a show in Barcelona for the Sonar crowd with Guy Gerber, Steve Bug, Benoit & Sergio, Bill Patrick, James Teej, Fabio Ginelli and ourselves, which should be fun. And then we’ve got big Ibiza plans, gigs in Italy and South America – so we’re going to be busy, very busy, which is how we like it.
Absolutely. Now this new album, could you tell our readers where they can get it?
Yeah of course. It’s out on Get Physical and should be available all over the place. I know Phonica in London should have some copies and then download wise it’s up now on Beatport, iTunes and all the best stores on the web.
I’m sure many of the people out there will be rushing to check the new album out before the party comes to town – to get themselves geared up for the 4th! (Laughs)
That’d be lovely. That’s how we want it to be.
Okay finally, moving slightly off topic, tell us what the weirdest place you’ve ever woken up is on tour?
(Laughs) Hmmm that’s interesting…Well, there have been a few occasions when I’ve woken up and havent had a clue where I was. There have been times when we’ve got on a plane, played a party, finished the party, gone to bed and then woken up and I’ve said “where the hell am I?”. That has happened a few times. In terms of the single weirdest place though, I’d have to say Siberia. We went to play there about 3 years ago, we were literally in the middle of nowhere in this city, with several feet of snow – waking up there was pretty strange..
No doubt! Well, thanks for your time and best of luck with everything. It looks like you’ve got a full schedule ahead of you and we await the 4th of June impatiently. It should be an awesome time!
Fantastic, for sure man. Big hug to you guys and we’ll see you in a couple of weeks!