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By Arman Naféei

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Arman Naféei’s weekly interview series exploring the soundtrack of today's cultural figures and personalities in the fields of Music, Film, Art, Fashion and Lifestyle.

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Ep 39 // WOLFGANG TILLMANS
01:16:36
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 the return of nightlife and human connection. TILLMANS is as prolific, perceptive and evolved as ever. 
Dec 18, 2020
Ep 38 // RICHIE HAWTIN
01:30:36
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 hypnotism of acid tracks and the futurism felt within Detroit Techno, noting the love of the 303’s raw simplicity and finding the similar feeling within a track by The Rah Band in his youth. Bonus: Can you guess his second-ever concert experience? Well, it’s none other than the late, great Prince. 
Dec 11, 2020
Ep 37 // SARAH ANDELMAN
00:24:40
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 “product” in-store. In this episode, SARAH ANDELMAN talks about her own musical history—forever reflected within Colette’s iconic compilations—plus her most recent obsession with Khruangbin and Olympic films on Criterion. Creative Directors: take note!
Dec 04, 2020
Ep 36 // THE KILLS
00:35:37
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 Punk and skateboarding culture to The Neptunes “brutal” drum machines on Clipse’s Hell Hath No Fury, the duo talk about the legacy of Gary’s Bar and Trash in London, the fresh feeling of gigging across America, and embracing the limitations of your equipment.
Nov 27, 2020
Ep 35 // BRADLEY ZERO
00:39:59
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/promoter/label owner, to working with Boiler Room when the platform was still too young to be defined. In pondering the future of nightlife, ZERO shares with us his affection for Leeds’ Carnival and Leeds’ Festival, one notably much angstier than the other.
Nov 20, 2020
Ep 34 // ROÍSÍN MURPHY
00:45:05
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 course, Moloko.
Nov 13, 2020
Ep 33 // JANE BIRKIN
01:04:48
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 her siblings, to acknowledging the unfading infatuation of her relationship with Serge Gainsbourg. Minimal words, maximum sentiment: simply put, enjoy. 
Oct 30, 2020
Ep 32 // STUDIO KO
00:37:59
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 compositions as a carefully constructed audio architecture, alongside to their passion of playing with contrasting ingredients, creating a feel for the sublime through their practice.
Oct 23, 2020
Ep 31 // LAURA HARRIER
00:32:54
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 running into the arms of Rihanna after the latest Fenty fashion show.
Oct 17, 2020
Ep 30 // CERRONE
00:44:02
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 “borrowing” Carlos Santana’s band for a two-night epic. As central to the drums in the final mix-down, the one thing CERRONE always kept in mind was the feeling of the music heating up the floor through every lovers’ embrace.
Oct 09, 2020
Ep 29 // DAVID SHRIGLEY
00:55:10
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 time, to appreciating the idiosyncrasies of a record sleeve as art itself.
Oct 03, 2020
Ep 28 // MICHÈLE LAMY
00:50:59
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 juices flowing by embracing the chaos all around, listen closely.
Sep 25, 2020
Ep 27 // FRANCIS MALLMANN
00:36:37
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 bottle of wine, dim the lights, and enjoy this episode.
Sep 11, 2020
Ep 26 // ARIANA PAPADEMETROPOULOS
00:24:45
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 trip into the musical mythologies that assist in her blurring the lines between fantasy and fiction.
Sep 01, 2020
Ep 25 // JUSTIN STRAUSS
00:24:17
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…
Aug 25, 2020
Ep 24 // ANDRÉ SARAIVA
00:17:21
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.
Aug 21, 2020
Ep 23 // ALTIN GÜN
00:24:11
Merve Dasdemir of the Grammy nominated Turkish-Dutch band ALTIN GÜN shares some deep knowledge of the Turkish sound and warmly invites us through the deep history of Anatolian music, from childhood memories to playing Festivals and tributing their Grammy nomination to their predecessors.
Aug 14, 2020
Ep 22 // DJ HARVEY
00:46:03
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 to ABBA’s Dancing Queen, to discussing the legacies of Larry Levan and Freddie Mercury on both his life and spirit. 
Jul 29, 2020
Ep 21 // JARVIS COCKER
00:53:40
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, detailing his recent dive into djing on Instagram Live, the sensitive relationship between sex and music, and the spark of clear enlightenment that came from inside Room 29 of the Château Marmont.
Jul 23, 2020
Special Episode // LARRY LEVAN (Radio Archives, 1991)
00:28:00
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 Paradise Garage shaped the sound of club culture today.
Jul 20, 2020
Ep 20 // JOSÉ PADILLA
00:23:19
Jul 17, 2020
Ep 19 // YTO BARRADA
00:38:13
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 this episode, The Franco-Moraccan artist untangles pieces of her own musical history — from childhood tunes to heartbreak ballads.
Jul 10, 2020
Ep 18 // TWIN SHADOW
00:23:41
A decade after the release debut Forget, the polymath George Lewis Jr, also known as TWIN SHADOW, finds himself here: reminiscing about witnessing the infectious Richie Havens’ contained chaos alongside his father. In this episode, Lewis signals the distinct bachata influence to his guitar playing inspired by his mother’s taste in music.
Jul 03, 2020
Ep 17 // MICHEL GAUBERT
00:18:21
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 compilations.
Jun 26, 2020
Ep 16 // TOM SACHS
00:41:50
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 glimpses at the eternally influential do-it-yourself punk culture of The Anthrax, to his congenial collaborative work with the enigmatic Frank Ocean, the Tom Sachs rendered in this audio is subject to reinterpretation… 
Jun 24, 2020
Ep 15 // ZUBIN MEHTA
00:36:02
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 musicians… experiencing the unfiltered joy of having his influences at arms reach. Listen close—it isn’t everyday that this bountiful wisdom is put on display.
Jun 12, 2020
Ep 14 // MISS KITTIN
00:35:19
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 CAROLINE HERVÉ speaks about her essential inspirations, not only musical, but keeping her spirit intact, navigating through a counterculture once held sensationally in contempt.
May 29, 2020
Ep 13 // CHRIS BLACKWELL
00:20:32
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” will follow… If you ever needed the affirmation from an influential source outside your own head, here it is!
May 22, 2020
Ep 12 // WILLO PERRON
00:26:31
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 his work in relation to music, highlighting the most crucial element in the mix: CONVERSATION…
May 19, 2020
Ep 11 // LOU DOILLON
00:33:38
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 importance of stasis, an in-betweenness, like mountains illuminating valleys...
May 15, 2020
Ep 10 // SIR NORMAN ROSENTHAL
00:29:48
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 episode leaves us, yearning for the beauty symbolized by the needle in the hay…
May 08, 2020
Ep 9 // SETH TROXLER
00:22:53
Afterlife, desire, and foolishness: the thesis of SETH TROXLER’s self-reflection, can you narrow down the three songs that define you? Just try… You’ve got all the time in the world to do that now. That’s the centerpiece of this episode, to approach epiphany with loving care. Stasis is regenerative, let it work its healing magic.
May 01, 2020
Ep 8 // CLAIRE LAFFUT
00:18:50
One of the evocative powers of music depends on what mood you’re in. You close your eyes, you listen, you imagine you’re flying.  For a brief moment, you escape, while simultaneously being present. CLAIRE LAFFUT knows this feeling well… In this episode, she meditates on memory and gives a taste of the 1,000+ playlists burning a hole in her hard drive... 
May 01, 2020
Ep 7 // LUKA SABBAT
00:21:45
LUKA SABBAT doesn’t believe in titles… Sometimes, the law of attraction’s really just in your own hands. In this episode, title tracks are brought forth. from the universe-building of Daft Punk, to Chicago’s brightest star, none other than Keith Cozart. Free your mind (and your body will follow).
Apr 24, 2020
Ep 6 // TIGA
00:23:59
TIGA’s spheres of influence are not just wide-ranging, they’re a part of his DNA. Music does not exist in a vacuum: music becomes a part of your identity, offering the listener a fresh perspective to view the world… while establishing the mood of the ideal party.
Apr 17, 2020
Ep 5 // LYKKE LI
00:16:25

In this episode, it’s clear LYKKE LI wears her heart on her sleeve, no stranger to the intricacies of intimacy. WIth vulnerability as subject-to-display, an artist must confront those tender moments with acknowledgment of the sensuality of sadness.
Apr 17, 2020
Ep 4 // JULIAN SCHNABEL
00:20:02
In this episode, JULIAN SCHNABEL revisits his record collection, an heir of Basquiat’s ear, with warm recollection of Bowie’s best Warhol and Monk’s philosophy of “no wrong notes.”
Apr 17, 2020
Ep 3 // GIA COPPOLA
00:13:46

At the core of music and memory lie the very outlines of emotional, representing a temporal manifestation of ephemera. In this episode, GIA COPPOLA describes memories of falling in love with The Strokes, casually enlisting Dev Hynes for the Palo Alto Soundtrack, while also setting the tone for her upcoming film, MAINSTREAM.
Apr 17, 2020
Ep 2 // 2manyDJs
00:27:12

2MANYDJs... SOULWAX… or simply, The Dewaele Brothers! These monikers symbolically function interchangeably, it’s a rare instance to sit down and create a narrative of influences after years in the game…
Apr 17, 2020
Ep 1 // PATTI SMITH
00:21:32

Punk-poet laureate PATTI SMITH inaugurates ARE WE ON AIR? with Arman Naféei, chronicling the soundtrack to her life: from memories tears as a child to Eleanor Steber, to the unique cultural exchange of the Chelsea Hotel.
Apr 17, 2020