Autor: Richard Constantinidi
Etichete: Anthony Middleton, Art Basel In Miami, Audiofly, Audiofly X, Barcelona, Flying Circus, Flying Circus Party, Follow My Liebe, Kabuto & Koji, Luca Saporito, Mioritmic Festival, Mobius Strum, Patrice Meiner, Rekleiner, Robbie Akbal, Sankeys Ibiza, Sicily, Supernature, Tarom Magazine, Woodstock
The past three years have seen Audiofly rise above the underground and embrace global recognition.
Audiofly are a DJ/producer duo, Luca Saporito and Anthony Middleton. They met at a party and started working together in 2002. They promote an original style of music, along the lines of Techno meets Electronic House. Alongside the Audiofly moniker, the artists have a side project, Audiofly X (which covers the deeper spectrum of House) and they have also done remixes under aliases (such as Rekleiner). In terms of remixes, Audiofly are sought-after producers, who have reworked several underground anthems.
In the past few tears Audiofly have built their successful series of events, Flying Circus, into a global brand.
RiCo (CZB): Flying Circus. Are you Monty Python fans and what does Flying Circus mean to you?
Luca Saporito (Audiofly): We absolutely are. Monty Python was a huge inspiration for us when we decided to throw those parties. The weirdness and the "out of the box" mentality was what attracted us in the first place to their kind of comedy. And that's the case with our own kind of Flying Circus. There is an underlying weirdness to the whole thing, you never know what to expect until the very end of the party. Something always happens, not necessarily amazing stuff, but you can guarantee that something out of the ordinary will happen to one of our party. In retrospect that is probably the destiny associated with the name. But we can guarantee one thing: no matter what happens, it will always be a party to remember, a bit like every episode of Monty Python.
RiCo (CZB): Your last Flying Circus Party at Sankeys Ibiza took place on Oct. 4, 2013. Looking back on this summer's Ibiza residency, was the Sankeys collaboration the way you hoped it would be?
Luca Saporito (Audiofly): We have honestly learned so much from this residency. Nothing was what we expected it to be but that's actually a really good thing. We had to think of solutions on a weekly basis and we managed to run a night in Ibiza AND travel every weekend to a different destination around the world. I honestly can tell you that the night was a success for us. We never meant to compete with huge nights such as MUSIC On or ENTER, but we built our loyal followers and they were there every single week. Not every party was super packed but most people were talking about it as being one of the best vibes in the island. For us that was always the most important thing: the vibe. And the closing party was Magic. With Lee Burridge, Lee Curtiss, Geddes and Ourselves in the basement and Hector, Anjia Schneider and acid Pauli in the spektrum, all rocking the club till 10am... It was certainly one for the books.
CZB: In the Pulse Radio interview I read online, you compared the 90's rave scene to a poor version of the 60's festival scene. Why would you have liked to be at Woodstock?
Luca (Audiofly): Because it was essentially real, No bullshit. The musicians were playing straight from the heart and the public was there to enjoy the music. No posing. No vips. No class divisions. Nowadays, with the advent of EDM and the VIP culture everything seems to be based on what you look like and how much money you spend in a club. The music is just a second thought. Woodstock was ALL about the music. It was almost an anti-system festival. People must have had revelations there. Would you have a revelation at Ultra nowadays? Surely not the kind you'd have listening to Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin at Woodstock.....
CZB: Luca, you moved to England from Sicily/Italy. Living away from home, is there a specific Italian tradition or custom that you now consider strange or outdated?
Luca (Audiofly): Great question: I have been living out of Sicily for almost 20 years now but I cannot shake who I am at the core. Essentially, I will always be Sicilian in my heart but to be honest this is the reason why i left in the first place. I didn't feel close to this way of living and I never felt satisfied there. There was always something missing. In reference to your question, there isn't one particular tradition that I would find outdated as the whole way of thinking really doesn't suit my personality at all. I Iike discovering, experimenting, learning new languages, breaking new barriers and they are happy to live their day to day life, complaining all the time and gossiping about someone. But I still Love it deep inside and I am extremely happy to go there and see my family when I can but I could never live there again.
CZB: When and why did you decide to change your permanent address to Barcelona, Spain and how long will your project stay there?
Luca (Audiofly): Spain was a decision we made almost 7 years ago after a trip to Sonar. We were getting increasingly tired of the pace and cost of life in London and Barcelona seemed a perfect solution: great food, cheap rents, 15 minutes to the airport and absolutely no need to drive. I am still extremely happy to live here but Anthony is currently on a move to Mexico for the winter period, just to try it out. We will meet during gigs around South America and USA and I will still be based here. Barcelona has a certain charm that I find impossible to resist.
CZB: You started the Supernature label to help talented emerging artists develop. Have you discovered anyone from Central or South America, for example?
Luca (Audiofly): Yes, we discovered Robbie Akbal, who's now an affirmed artist in his own right. We also found these guys called Kabuto & Koji, who unfortunately don't work together anymore but are still making music on their own as Mobius Strum and Patrice Meiner respectively. It's always exciting to find new people whose music we love to release and even more exciting when these people actually become your friends.
CZB: When and why did you decide to start Audiofly X and do you have anything planned for release under this emblem in the near future?
Luca (Audiofly): Audiofly X was a project dedicated to the more experimental productions we used to put out. The truth is that we used to have so much time to dedicate to being in the studio and now, with all the traveling and many other projects we have, that time is very limited. In a way it's a real shame that we cannot dedicate more time to Audiofly X but me and Anthony have been talking about spending more time towards this project so hopefully in the next few months we will close ourselves in the studio and being able to think music with Audiofly X in mind.
CZB: As producers, where do you feel that house music will be heading to in the second half of the 2010's… I see a contradicting trend for DJ's to return to vinyl and hire backing bands for festival stages… and doing everything digitally in the studio at the same time.
Luca (Audiofly): I don't see it as a trend. Vinyl has always been there. As well as electronic bands. It's not something that is happening right now. But somehow people love to talk so much about this subject as if life depends on it. Tell me the truth: Does it really bother you if somebody is playing amazing music on a laptop or exactly the same on vinyl? If the music sounds good why should we be stuck on the medium in which is being presented? I am sure I know the answer of this. But it's just that, as humans, we like to make the same arguments over and over again, without even thinking if that very argument has a point anymore. Personally I am glad of the advent of new technologies for DJs as it allows each and everyone of us to be different if we want to. And vinyl is still there for people who want to use it so, what is the problem? As for electronic bands... remember Underworld? or Basement Jaxx? They used to hire backing bands too for festivals 12 years ago... it's just trends coming into fashion again and again… It's definitely not a new thing.
CZB: How do you feel about being invited to the pilot edition of Mioritmic Festival and have you read or heard about the extra-natural phenomenon stories for which the festival location is famous for (the Baciu Forest)?
Luca (Audiofly): We are super happy to headline this festival. The line up is insane and it's based in one of our favorite cities in Romania, Cluj: I love that city and the public there is one of the best in the world in my opinion. As for the paranormal activities, it's funny that you mention that, as not long ago I was reading an article on Tarom Magazine about this whole thing and it was very fascinating. Let's see what happens on the evening of the event... I can hear chains and whistles already (laughs)
CZB: Are you aware of the current Romanian scandal at Rosia Montana - our government having allowed a private Canadian company to mine our mountains for precious metals and poison the local ecosystem with cyanide? Is Audiofly currently supporting any social causes that we should be aware of?
Luca (Audiofly): Of course I am aware. I even posted something on my personal facebook about this and how brave Romanian people were in light of the situations. They started in hundreds and become more and more united under the same issue. I felt proud of them. I am also politically active and support various causes Including the welfare of animals around the world, the eradication of evil corporations such as Monsanto or Nestle' and Anthony is a huge supporter of the welfare of Sea lives, especially dolphins. During Art Basel in Miami, for the Flying Circus Party, we will raise some money and awareness towards saving the dolphins from fishermen attacks around the world.
Audiofly are headliners at the pilot edition of the Mioritmic Festival in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, on Saturday, October 12.
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