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Arman's Voice Notes is Are We On Air's latest audio supplement, taking you on an audio voyage through Arman's latest travels, people and cultural findings.Arman talks basking in the Ibiza sun while listening to Sven Väth's upcoming record, Catharsis, and Virgil Abloh's final show at the helm of Louis Vuitton. Time is also used to reflect on the ser…
 
Following AMANDA LEAR through the soundtrack to her life is pure pleasure. From her dreams of being a painter leading her to befriend SALVADOR DALÍ, creating a wild persona for herself modeled off SUPERWOMAN, to holding a real live PANTHER on a leash for the cover of ROXY MUSIC’s For Your Pleasure, Lear is an absolute icon for trailblazing her own …
 
Arman's Voice Notes is Are We On Air's latest audio supplement, taking you on an audio voyage through Arman's latest travels and cultural findings.On his first episode, Arman goes through what he has been up to for the last 6 months. Highlights include Are We On Air ?'s very fist pop up at Berlin's Unter den Linden, #ValentinoRendezVous in Paris an…
 
‘So long and so young and so beautiful’, CAMÉLIA JORDANA and Arman bond over their love of Maria Callas in celebration of #ValentinoRendezVous. Between whispering harmonies of Calla's The Barber of Seville and Nina Simone’s I Get Along Without You Very Well, Jordana explains her admiration for the women who came before her and their strength in com…
 
This week, ORION CARLOTO and Arman explore the intrinsic linkage between poetry and all art forms. It’s not every 24 year old who quotes the French poet Arthur Rimbaud so casually; Carloto brings energy and feeling to a medium which is vital to the arts and soul of the world. Describing the beautifully fresh and devastating songs of Leonard Cohen, …
 
Creating a sound that is 3D is ELIM CHAN's magic touch. She and Arman dive deeply into this enchantment, delving into Disney's Fantasia’s role in planting the seeds of her dreams to manifest imagery, feeling and motion with music. As the youngest chief conductor of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, she materializes this gift by transmitting her magic…
 
BENJI B sees the glass half full. His enthusiasm for the massive energy release and experimentation that will emerge from the pandemic is more than just blind optimism; it’s faith in the fact that over the course of his career, he notes change as the essential precursor to the greatest creative moments and movements. Seeing music as the outpouring …
 
Just after hanging her latest exhibition at the Whitney, JULIE MEHRETU dials Arman from home. Growing up a child of the early 70's during the height of the Pan-African post colonial movement, Mehretu shares a lifetime of music and stories as perceptive as her art. Painting a parallel between the ability jazz has to structurally shift music into a p…
 
It’s no surprise that DAVID BYRNE enters the Zoom with a startling, silvery magnetism. With a mind as sharp as an encyclopedia but as free as the wind, BYRNE delves into the music and poetry that inspired him to re-imagine the Top 40, launching his iconoclastic career. As original as thinkers come, jumping into Byrne’s world pushes boundaries, ques…
 
GOLSHIFTEH FARAHANI is not quick to fill the silence, but she can't help but fill her surroundings with light. Leaving a space open for divine interference, she sits with Arman in her living room. FARAHANI takes a closer look into the cultures, diaspora, languages, and frequencies that course through her, tuning her life. Forging a connection betwe…
 
SVEN MARQUARDT exudes stoic creativity, describing Berghain as a 'place of diversity, freedom, and anarchy,' SVEN delves into the historical context of Berlin's notorious club scene alongside his lifelong passion for photography. Having grown up within the GDR, SVEN delves into the deep inspirations that drive him: from hearing Freddie Mercury's vo…
 
Multi-talented filmmaker and actress MAISIE WILLIAMS wears many hats. In her latest, she channels Jordan Mooney, a role not for the faint of heart. Effervescent and insightful, MAISIE describes diving into the punk queen’s character, immersing herself into an art movement edging towards liberation. If anyone can rise to the brightest limelight and …
 
TREMAINE EMORY makes every word count. Bringing to life the joys of ‘getting in your feelings’ to some Miles Davis at 2AM with a burger at Bistro NYC, ARMAN and EMORY's shared love of local NYC haunts, dancing to James Brown, Michael Jackson, & Prince will pull you right in. A true polymath at heart, EMORY’S use of iconography to raise social aware…
 
No time is wasted in this episode. MAGNETIC Marina Abramović describes the act of reminiscing on the past as comparable to “reading old newspaper.” Nonetheless, Abramović brings new color to sharing a few moments in which music shaped her life. Recalling being brought to tears at the age of 14 by the sound of Maria Callas’ voice pouring out of her …
 
DAVID LACHAPELLE'S unmistakable charisma transports us to sunny Los Angeles. LACHAPELLE takes Arman on a crash course through his experiences of regularly attending Studio54 at the age of 14, fueling his spirit through dancing, faith in himself, love, and God. DAVID discusses Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, recounting the first time he met Tupac Sh…
 
Radical Optimism kicks off SEASON 2 with none other than THEE Pop Star giving Disco life, DUA LIPA. Over Zoom, Arman dials Dua — sitting at the Chateau with a green juice in hand — the two have a laugh, talk about music's transcendent power to break language barriers, and what it was like to call her upon her idols and create the anthems of Future …
 
WOLFGANG TILLMANS and ARMAN NAFÉEI sit down in his studio in Berlin - full of plants, printers, photographs and warmth. This journey through TILLMANS’ mind is one to enjoy - taking us from his first purchase of a $20 flash gun camera, to playing an unreleased track live on the show, and discussing the COVID vs HIV crisis, and shared yearning for th…
 
Almost exactly a year since his set at the Hollywood Palladium, we’ve tapped-in with the illustrious techno powerhouse RICHIE HAWTIN for a candid fireside chat on everything—from COVID's effects on the live music industry, to the lasting impact of the "Motor City" on his life and career. In this interview, HAWTIN situates his own work between the h…
 
With Colette at 20 and three years since it closed the boutique’s influence over the aesthetics of thee retail shopping experience remains unparalleled. Once noted as Karl Lagerfeld’s only go-to Parisian shoppe, the successful formula predates the contemporary “brand-activation,” simply based on the deeply personal connection with just about every …
 
After being active almost two decades, THE KILLS’ catalogue remains rightfully cemented within our rock ’n’ roll memory In this episode, VV and HOTEL are on the eve of releasing Little Bastards, a collection of B-Sides and Rarities, so it’s only right that we discuss the records that influenced their blissfully hypnotic sound. From the allure of Pu…
 
The dance floor has always been the site for raw, unfiltered expression, which, in the current moment, takes on an immeasurable significance, leaving us yearning for togetherness. In this episode, Rhythm Section founder BRADLEY ZERO talks about London’s cultural explosion throughout the past two decades: from his own presence as a radio host/promot…
 
The legendary Irish singer, songwriter and powerful performer ROÍSÍN MURPHY emphasizes the importance of revisiting the past to inform the future. In this episode, we catch the wonderful and delightful Disco Queen and talked about our shared passion for Italian Cinéma and music from Lucio Battisti and Mina to her latest record Roísín Machine and of…
 
What words can even come close enough to capture the essence and magnetism of JANE BIRKIN? A timeless muse, canonical chanteuse, whose profound influence on culture within (and beyond) the 20th century remains unparalleled. In this episode, BIRKIN shares with us insight throughout her legacy: from memories of dancing to Elvis’ Blue Suede Shoes with…
 
Within the process of their own work, KARL FOURNIER and OLIVIER MARTY, the architecture duo behind STUDIO KO, emphasize the importance of revisiting the past to inform the future. In this episode, we catch the partners delightfully off-guard: FOURNIER and MARTY disclose the underlying influence of music on their projects, describing Bach’s composit…
 
From the influential Motown to rockabilly blues, LAURA HARRIER warmly remembers her first musical memories tied to her fathers’ taste. In this episode, HARRIER presents significant moments her life and work through music: including the perfect song kick everyone out of your apartment at the end of the night (See: LCD Soundsystem’s “Home”) and runni…
 
When introduced as the “father of French disco,” MARC CERRONE quickly refuted, “…why French?” rejecting the singular vision of the influential genre that exploded from the club to the world. In this episode, we find ourselves in CERRONE’s studio, unraveling the humble pioneer’s legacy, from creating records exclusive to the discotheque to “borrowin…
 
After a decade from first encounter, we cross paths with contemporary British artist DAVID SHRIGLEY once more, this time: digging deeper into the subtle inspirations behind his work through the vehicle of music. In this episode, SHRIGLEY points to the influence of coming of age in ‘70s and ‘80s, from his love of The Fall as true iconoclasts of the …
 
Designer, performer, restaurateur, creative accomplice, muse… the words to describe the enigmatic MICHÈLE LAMY can never be quite enough… In this episode, LAMY revisits key moments in tune to her musical attention, from watching a reserved Bob Dylan performance to her ongoing avant-garde collaborations with A$AP Rocky. Take note: get those creative…
 
Uncertainty serves the foundation for inspiration, though it may seem as a contradiction, creativity blossoms through these limitations. FRANCIS MALLMANN, the world-class Argentinian chef known for the element of fire, both through his work and passion, gracefully presents the musical backdrop that has accompanied him throughout his life. Open a bo…
 
When confronted ARIANA PAPADEMETROPOULOS’ work, all belief’s suspended, showcasing the power of environments that exhibit tension between the earthly and the ethereal. Naturally, she points to the entrancing effect of film soundtracks and their ability express and capture moods and feeling. In this episode, PAPADEMETROPOULOS invites you to take a t…
 
As ubiquitous as the title of the ‘DJ’ has become, JUSTIN STRAUSS stands unmatched behind the decks through his credentials alone. With decades of influence across the New York nightclub history, from CBGB’s to the legendary Mudd Club, STRAUSS’ secret to staying in-sync is simple: never stop being excited, let the shenanigans roll on……
 
Known by his alter ego, MR. A, and his contributions to the concept of “LOVE GRAFFITI,” ANDRÉ SARAIVA’s work transcends the art gallery circuit, adorning the walls of your favorite nightclub hotspots. In this episode, SARAIVA stresses love above all, the common ground between not only the songs shared, but as a sacred mantra to be cherished.…
 
Born Harvey Bassett, the world-renowned selector better known as DJ HARVEY needs no formal introduction, to which an attempt to encapsulate the privilege of participating his sets into words would be insufficient. In this episode, the nightlife luminary warmly invites us through the halls of his musical memory, from dancing alone and scantily clad …
 
JARVIS COCKER’s first encounter with music was with a contentious relationship with the radio: how and where was this sound being emitted by such a small device? Cue: The theme from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, the Hugo Montenegro version. In this episode, the Britpop icon recollects the key moments outlining his connection with music, detailin…
 
In this special rendition of ARE WE ON AIR? re-presents a special gem: an interview with the legendary LARRY LEVAN conducted by Judge Jules, originally broadcasted on KISS FM. This series aims to present the unique dimensions of the greatest talents around, here we bring attention to the pioneer DJ whose magnificent cultural contributions at the Pa…
 
YTO BARRADA’s multimedia practice has been described as disruptive: strategically employing conventional mediums to interrogate the narratives embedded within cultural and historical phenomena. Though this synthesis, BARRADA transcends the constraints of form, utilizing everything from textiles to film to unpack and unveil new layers of meaning. In…
 
MICHEL GAUBERT is no stranger to the affect of sound. With a refined curatorial ear for legendary fashion houses such Christian Dior, Fendi, Valentino, Chanel… it makes perfect sense to obsess over what Michel’s got on queue. In this episode, GAUBERT unveils his current rotation, along with his ethos for his iconic Colette concept store & mixtape c…
 
Reporting from a 15' x 50' enclosed studio… or basement depending on how you’re utilizing it, TOM SACHS shares a space with storage, laundry, and his children, contemplating on the small things. With work that focuses on recontextualizing, SACHS pauses to deconstruct his most personal and meticulous assemblage: his music taste. From formative glimp…
 
As the memory lies dormant, the true wonder of our consciousness is offering accessibility… coupled with delightful conversation, of course. In this special episode, Naféei captures virtuoso conductor ZUBIN MEHTA’s exquisitely decorated musical psyche. Ensconced by concerts and operas as a young man, MEHTA remembers witnessing the greatest musician…
 
You’re in line to get inside Panorama Bar, the ETA to get in is about an hour and it’s pouring rain… You can hear the subs bursting through the facade, giving you just enough hope to visualize the interior… MISS KITTIN is on soon and you’re experiencing this kind collective effervescence for the first time… In this episode, the artist also known as…
 
With an adolescent ear towards classical music, CHRIS BLACKWELL signals to his father’s 78s as the earliest imprint in his musical history. In this episode, the Island Records founder offers enlightenment for the practices of musicians and any artists alike: do your own thing and don’t emulate, because the art will always come first and the “market…
 
Before a product reaches the end assembly, one rarely thinks of the human hand: an object rendered with value based on cultural expectation through mechanical means… but WILLO PERRON’s role in this world is making that touch known: the harmoniously combination of both people and concepts, creating EXPERIENCE. In this episode, PERRON meditates on hi…
 
Connected through the gracious power of the internet, we’ve found LOU DOILLON through a window… a looking-glass self, an accessible temporality that can be simply described as ‘going live.’ In this episode, this window displays DOILLON at her best. After a marathon of Instagram Live sessions, she contemplates words from her father regarding the imp…
 
Between music that’s serious and popular, SIR NORMAN ROSENTHAL orients his alignment towards the classical! A vivid remembrance, dancing harmoniously to Symphony in C… An instinct, rooted in love, takes precedence in Rosenthal’s curatorial practice, exemplifying an attitude for art that values the aura over the mass-produced. That’s where this epis…
 
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