FLIGHTS OF FANCY
THE ACT YOU NEED TO SEE AT NIGHTQUARTER
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.