FLIGHTS OF FANCY

THE ACT YOU NEED TO SEE AT NIGHTQUARTER

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - AM­BER MACPHER­SON

Clear the run­way, Flight Fa­cil­i­ties are prepar­ing for take off. One of Aus­tralia’s most pop­u­lar elec­tronic groups will land at NightQuarter in He­lensvale next month, and their board­ing passes are hot tick­ets.

Min­utes af­ter an­nounc­ing their na­tional All Your Love tour last month, the Syd­ney and Mel­bourne shows sold out.

“We were so stoked,” says one half of the duo, James Lyell.

“We were like, ‘does any­one re­mem­ber us?’ It was re­ally cool, peo­ple haven’t for­got­ten about us com­pletely.”

How could they for­get? Flight Fa­cil­i­ties are known for pro­duc­ing some of the most in­fec­tious elec­tronic pop songs in Aus­tralian his­tory.

From their 2010 re­lease Crave You fea­tur­ing Giselle Rosselli to this year’s sin­gle Need You with vo­cal­ist Nïka, the two boys from Syd­ney have en­joyed in­ter­na­tional suc­cess while main­tain­ing rel­e­vance in a chang­ing mu­sic in­dus­try.

When fans join Flight Fa­cil­i­ties for their Gold Coast voy­age, James says they can ex­pect a new show with sparkling vi­su­als and a loud live band.

“We’ve played a lot of clubs on the Gold Coast – one of our first shows back in 2010 was at Else­where, and we’ve played there a lot of times since,” James says.

“This is the first live show we’ve played on the Gold Coast. We’ve got a cool new light­ing set-up we’ve made at the start of this year.

“Two new vo­cal­ists, Graace and Ric Ru­fio. Lots of in­stru­ments and a live show.

“It’ll be ev­ery­thing you can ex­pect and pos­si­bly more.”

Flight Fa­cil­i­ties’ songs fea­ture a guest vo­cal­ist singing any­thing from a short hook to en­tire verses.

Their lat­est re­lease All Your Love stars the voice of Aus­tralian folk singer Dustin Te­butt, an un­likely match that hap­pened in an un­likely place.

“We met in a bar play­ing trivia night,” James ex­plains.

“We had this lit­tle ex­cerpt from a song we weren’t us­ing, and he just went home and wrote the cho­rus for it and sent it back.

“It was cool be­cause the whole time we wanted to make a mix of both of our styles, and I think we achieved that, with the gui­tar and some folkie sounds and elec­tronic.

“It was a lit­tle bit of a dif­fer­ent sound for us, but it was a re­ally in­ter­est­ing process for both of us and we’re re­ally happy it came out that way.”

The sin­gle was re­ceived well, mak­ing the mu­sic ro­ta­tion on Triple J and com­mer­cial ra­dio sta­tions, and up­holds Flight Fa­cil­i­ties’ strat­egy to fo­cus on re­leas­ing songs rather than ful­l­length al­bums.

“Watch­ing the land­scape and how mu­sic is consumed by peo­ple, it kind of doesn’t make sense to re­lease an al­bum,” James says.

“Per­son­ally I’d rather an artist keep re­leas­ing things so I can con­stantly lis­ten to them change, and try and make cre­ative de­ci­sions, ex­plore new ter­ri­tory.

“We’re just hav­ing fun. I think that’s the key. It’s some­thing that you love do­ing, and it res­onates with peo­ple, keep do­ing it.”

Flight Fa­cil­i­ties play NightQuarter at He­lensvale on Septem­ber 7. Tick­ets are $69.90 from se­cret­sounds.com/tours/flight­fa­cil­i­ties-2018

James Lyell and Hugo Gruz­man make up Aus­tralian elec­tronic duo Flight Fa­cil­i­ties.

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