Vito Aeroplane is in the country at the moment doing a few shows to promote his latest compilation, In Flight Entertainment. We were lucky enough to chat with him amidst his hectic touring schedule.
Vito, we spoke to you this time last year ahead of your set at Field Day, which was without a doubt one of our highlights of the festival. What can we expect from your set this time round? I never play the same set twice. I like to diversify the tracks as much as possible to keep it fun and interesting. It will be mainly a blend of disco and house music but I have also been getting into a bit of Detroit-techno lately, like Carl Craig kind of stuff. I’ll be mixing a bit of that into the sets in a way that won’t shock people too much. I feel that kids don’t really know what techno is – to them techno is Skrillex. I want people to be able to discover new things at my shows.
Your monthly mixes are pretty popular these days and they never cease to satisfy. You must receive a bunch of awesome tracks from around the world. I buy a lot of music. As soon as I hear something that I like, even if it’s one bar or one minute, I just buy it. It’s also a great advantage to receive all of this music and to not have to dig around looking for it all the time. I mean, some of the best tracks I have were actually sent to me. Just 15-minutes ago I received a brand new Joakim remix of a Tyson track. It definitely saves me a lot of time and effort but I am still looking for songs myself all the time.
How did you decide on which tracks to include on the In Flight Entertainment compilation? The decision was more about ‘who’ do I want to make tracks for because I wanted something that was amazing. I approached producers I was a fan of and they sent me some material. Then I had the hard task of working out the flow of the record. I was an hour away from sending everything for mastering and there was one song that didn’t fit anywhere. It was a great song but it was just not working – it was bringing the whole mix down. So I had to make the difficult decision to leave it out completely and once I did that, the whole mix just came together. Sometimes you can have a song you love so much that you carry around with you for months but just never find the right place or time to fit it in.
Can we expect a series of In Flight Entertainment releases? Um, I don’t know yet. I was going to call this one In Flight Entertainment - Volume 1, so then I could do a Volume 2 etc – but I didn’t want to lock myself in to having to do another In Flight release.
What about a follow-up to We Can’t Fly? Is there something in the works? Yes, definitely – that is planned already. I’m building a recording studio back in Belgium at the moment and it’s going to be finished when I get back after this tour. I didn’t want to start the album until the studio was finished because I am building it with a sound in mind. I want to have the perfect setting and the perfect sound before I start recording anything for that album. Have you got all of your material sorted or are you still working on it? I’m actually not writing anything. I’m just going to get into the studio and do it all naturally and spontaneously. I’ll start with whatever comes to mind, if it needs guitar I’ll put in some guitar, rehearse that, record it and then move on. The inspiration does just come. When you’re sitting in front of a 30-year-old synth, all of a sudden something comes out that you didn’t expect but it’s just what you were looking for. I’m going to go into the studio with no ideas and just see what comes out [laughs], get into the famous ‘zone’ [laughs].
Are you working on any other projects or collaborations at the moment? Yeah, I’ve just finished a remix of ‘Sail Away’ by The Rapture which will be coming out on a remix single really soon. It kind of sounds a bit like my Friendly Fires ‘Paris’ remix but with a bit more of the Detroit touch I was telling you about earlier. I’m always working on other people’s tracks and helping on their albums but I don’t really like to talk about that stuff too much until it’s all sorted out. You never know what might happen!
Any plans for New Year’s Eve? I’m not playing, so I might go to this crazy party at the Opera House with Frankie Knuckles and Riton who I have known for about 10 years. I’m playing on New Year’s Day but I can’t say where just yet. We can’t announce it until after certain dates etc.
Here is the above mentioned In Flight Entertainment LP:
Aeroplane’s New Year’s Day show has since been announced. He will be playing at the Ivy Pool Club – Secret Garden. Get your tickets HERE.