We had a quick chat with Vito from Aeroplane about his debut album We Can’t Fly, remixing the Friendly Fires track ‘Paris’ and of course Field Day 2011.
Firstly Vito, congratulations on your debut album, it is an awesome piece of work. How does it feel to finish it and get it out there? It feels great because I’ve been working on this for three years now. It feels awesome to be able to put it out and to be able to move on to the next thing. But I must say, on the other hand it’s really hard to see people judge three years of work in like 15 minutes by skipping through the tracks and not giving it a good listen. When you get that involved in a project you sometimes think you’ll never be totally understood, but that’s part of the dream I guess.
You first came to the attention of the Australian people with your remix of the Friendly Fires track ‘Paris’. Are you surprised by the success of that remix? I think I’ll always be surprised by the success of anything I’m doing because I am only doing something that I like doing. And besides, what I think is going to be good isn’t necessarily what other people are going to think is good. Obviously though I was surprised by its success, especially because we took Ed Macfarlane’s vocals out of the track completely and then slowed it down a lot. It isn’t a hit in the kind of standard way that a hit usually is, umm so yeah it was really surprising. It was really great for Aeroplane because that’s what put us on the map really. Before that we were just growing slowly, step by step but then ‘Paris’ all of a sudden made us really big all at once.
Was it difficult getting Au Revoir Simone to lend their vocals to the track? Well actually, everyone thinks we got them to re-sing the track for us, but Au Revoir Simone is actually on the original. They sing the backing vocals on the original but it’s just really, really quiet so you can barely hear it. When you do a remix you get all the separate tracks to work with and when I spotted that female vocal track I was like “There’s no way I can use the guys vocals anymore”. I wanted to use that one because it just sounded really sexy and then when I slowed it down a lot I got this robotic-futuristic feel to the vocals. It was the best choice for me and I don’t understand why they are not more prominent on the original.
Speaking of remixes, in an ideal world which of the tracks from your debut album would you like to see remixed and by whom? Well, I’m being remixed already actually. We have a single coming out soon called ‘Superstar’ being remixed by The Krays which is Brodinski and Yuksek and also a Chromeo remix. The next single we are releasing is called ‘Without Lies’ which will come with remixes from Breadbot and Black Van who has just signed on with DFA Records. I’m pretty picky about who I want to mix my tracks, you know. I really want someone that I know I’m going to like their work and I’m not going to just take on the big names so that I can do great in the clubs. If I’m going to have a dance remix done I’d rather it be by somebody I really love.
You manage to release a new DJ set on Souncloud each month, where do you find the time? Actually it doesn’t really take that long to be honest. It takes me between an hour to an hour and a half to do the mix itself, but it takes the whole month to collect the tracks to go on the set. So several times a week I check out a lot of websites, listen to a lot of stuff, and listen to all the promos I’ve been sent. From all that, I just have pick out 10 tracks to go into the mix. So doing all of that is what takes the most time. I’m not going to put a track in the mix just because I need one more track either, I want the 10 tracks that are in there to be stuff I really love. Those mixes I put up on Soundcloud represent what I will be going to play as a DJ when I go to a party or a club. So if you go to see Aeroplane DJ that is what you’re going to hear.
You’re coming back to Australia for the Field Day festival, are there any other artists on the line-up you are looking forward to checking out? Yes actually. I’m really looking forward to seeing Public Enemy and I really love The Cool Kids. There are a few others I was excited about but those would be my favourites for sure.
We Can’t Fly can be purchased from all good retail stores or digitally via iTunes.
We have both of the above mentioned singles and remixes for you to check out right here:
You can catch Aeroplane at Field Day’s 10th Anniversary on 1st Jan 2011. What better way to kick-start the New Year?
Field Day tickets are on sale now over at Fuzzy.com.au.
Standard Tickets: $135 + $7bf = $142 (no hidden charges)
‘More Expensive’ Tickets: $195 + $7bf = $202 (no hidden charges)